Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday barred Najam Sethi from continuing to perform his duties as chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board.
IHC Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui took the decision during the hearing of a case filed against the appointment of Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of Punjab Province, as PCB chief.
The court also suspended the five-member interim management committee constituted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier this month to administrate cricket affairs and served notices to its members in a contempt case.
The court also constituted an election committee under the headship of Justice(R) Munir Shaikh to oversee the election of chairman PCB and ordered to hold elections in November.
Secretary PCB will be the incharge of board’s affairs until the elections are held.
According to court’s direction, a person contesting for the PCB chairman post must at least be a graduate and should have played first-class cricket
IHC had earlier ordered to hold PCB elections by October 18 but the authorities failed to comply the order till the deadline after which Prime Minister dissolved PCB governing board and constituted a five-member Interim Committee to administrate cricket in the country.
The dissolution of PCB’s governing board was the upshot of an issue that started with IHC’s judgment on a constitutional writ petition challenging the controversial re-election of Zaka Ashraf as board chairman. Court termed Ashraf’s election as “polluted” and “malicious” and prohibited him from performing his duties.
Sethi had been appointed as caretaker chairman PCB by Prime Minister in July following the suspension of Asharf.