KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday appointed a senior journalist as interim chairman of country's cricket board following a court order.

Najam Sethi, 65, who also worked as caretaker chief minister of central Punjab province, was appointed interim head by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after orders this week from the Islamabad high court.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf was ordered to halt work last month amid a row over his election, which was criticised in some quarters as unfairly influenced by President Asif Ali Zardari, the board's patron.

Shakil Shaikh,a member of the PCB governning board, told the Associated Press Sunday that Sethi has been given the task to "restructure the PCB, its administration and review cricket board's constitution".

“I have been asked by the prime minister to fulfil limited responsiblity and I will do my best to do that,” Sethi told AFP.

Ashraf, 60, became the first-ever elected chairman of the PCB last month under a new constitution demanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce political interference.

Ashraf's nomination was widely criticised by former players and officials who denounced it as politically motivated. Former Pakistan Army cricket coach Ahmed Nadeem Sadal challenged the appointment in court and the hearing will be held on Monday.

The court had ordered the Inter-Provincial Committee – looking after the sports affairs in the country – to appoint an interim PCB chairman until the case is decided.

Sethi said his priority will be to facilitate the selection of the team for an upcoming tour of the West Indies.

He will also attend the ICC annual general meeting later this week.

“I will be facilitating the team selection which was pending because of the suspension of the chairman and then attend the ICC meeting,” said Sethi.

The ICC meeting will be held in London from June 25-29. The chief executives of all the boards meet on the first two days followed by the Board meeting which is attended by the heads of member cricket boards.

Pakistan tours the West Indies for five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals next month.

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June 23, 2013 5:38 pm

Dear Sethi Saheb, this is not your job

June 23, 2013 5:55 pm

Mr. Sethi, could you start with (1) arranging A-team tours to England, AUstralia and South Africa. Our up-coming talent needs an exposure to these conditions. (2) And Please reduce the first class teams to 8 so that a competetive standard can be achieved (3) Please get rid of those who have been hanging on for tens of years but have bellow par averages, that too accumulated against lowly attacks in subcontinental conditions. We all hope that you will bring in long waited new talent in to the team. Please don't be afraid to defeats if they are meant to try out players like Ahmad Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Usman Sallahudin.

June 23, 2013 6:02 pm

Please get rid of people like Miandad, Intekhab and Ilyas who have done nothing for cricket (other than in their playing days) but earn fortunes by occupying hot seats. Bring in some professional managers and educated ex-players. Make our first class competetive and worth producing quality crickters. Get rid of players who never perform, like Farhat, Hafeez, Malik, Kamran etc and bring in Haris Sohail, Ahmad Shehzad, Razzaq and Fawad Alam.

June 23, 2013 6:08 pm

A reward for the services rendered in stage managing the elections 2013 in punjab.

Malik Arif
June 23, 2013 6:05 pm

Wise decision by the government. NS can restructure and can bring reform to PCB and can eliminate mafia from the board.

June 23, 2013 6:14 pm

positive move, high hopes from Sethi sahib that he'll deliver.

June 23, 2013 6:13 pm

Oh my God, here we go again. Another appointment that has nothing to do with cricket is assigned the task of restructuring! when will we ever learn

June 23, 2013 6:16 pm

Just a little reward for serving PMLN in the election as cartaker CM. they say they will have changed in the past 15 years, r they?

June 23, 2013 6:25 pm

@kamakazi: Deliver what?

June 23, 2013 6:35 pm

You give us power we will reward you. Irrelevant appointment, What a jock!!

June 23, 2013 6:44 pm

I never see my comments back? where have they gone after "modration" ?

Masood Hussain
June 23, 2013 7:16 pm

Paid back .well done NS

June 23, 2013 7:28 pm

From a journalist to Nawaz's favourite, the journey continues....

June 23, 2013 7:58 pm

@Imtiaz: What have those, who have everything with cricket to do, done in years of their occupying management seats. What innovative ideas or specific improvements Miandad has brought being a general manager? Would you appoint a "lohar" as a CEO of steelmills or a piolet to manage PIA, Or have you played in our national team to be able to make this comment? You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that our first class is not competetive and tough enough to produce quality players. Players would average 60+ in our domestics but when given a chance in the national set-up, they won't even score at 30. We only need 7-8 teams to make it to a package of top players only. Then we need a lot of A-team tours to english speaking countries so that our young talent gets an exposure to nasty conditions before they do their self assesment in persuit to playing in the national team. Here you only need an honest man who has some knowledge to cricket and is analytical and innovative in nature. We need managers and educated heads to make researchs and manage accordingly.

June 23, 2013 8:05 pm

Better suited to become Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission

Nadeem Mirza
June 23, 2013 8:09 pm

aapas ki baat! wrong place at the wrong time...Sethi Sahab..don't know what you are doing?

Rogers Evans
June 23, 2013 8:16 pm

When are we going to stop political appontments ? This guy never held a bat ? What does he know about cricket ? It is just a REWARD for being faithful and yes-man to NS and PML -N. What a shame ? God bless Pakistan Cricket !!!

June 23, 2013 8:18 pm

Mr. Sethi, on many occasions you have analyzed and criticized patronage by previous governments. You brought up the lack of qualifications of many office holders and showed your dismay about unjust appointments; be it Ministers or other government controlled organizations. What is your take in accepting a position for which you only have academic knowledge and no experience as a professional cricketeer?

Vikki, Pul Bangash, Dilli
June 23, 2013 8:35 pm

@gulzar: Your amazing English has something to do with it....

Vikki, Pul Bangash, Dilli
June 23, 2013 8:36 pm

@Kamal: Why NOT ???

Vikki, Pul Bangash, Dilli
June 23, 2013 8:41 pm

Good move, Mian Sir..... Good Luck, Sethi Sir......

June 23, 2013 8:44 pm

@TKhan: Very well highlighted..

June 23, 2013 8:54 pm

Respected sir get out of this , please . You are great and cricket team is a bunch of uneducated and money grabbing street boys .

Asad Khan
June 23, 2013 8:57 pm

This totally defeats the purpose of an elected chairman as envisaged by ICC. What has Sethi got to do with cricket and the tradition continues in Pakistan! Sethi has been rewarded by PMLN for winning Punjab for them by any and all means.

June 23, 2013 9:02 pm

Well there we go again, same crap started all over but this time it is PML-N term so they are going to start the loot for next 5 year and our fool citizen of pakisan are never going to learn till this country will become rawanda...........So now i understand why PCB is keep picking past failures, just like people o Pakistan keep selecting past failures..........

June 23, 2013 9:17 pm

Good thing because he will atleast hopefully not have favourites in farhat, malik and akmal.

Asif Ali Khan
June 23, 2013 9:27 pm

Mr. Najam Sethi is neither Umar Quershi nor Jamshad Marker in the Cricket world. He has proven to be another human being full of ambitions whether qualified or not. Anyways good luck Mr. Sethi.

Ali Zafar
June 23, 2013 9:27 pm

Well done for free and fair elections in punjab.. I'm sure you will do no less to PCB.

June 23, 2013 9:33 pm

First things first, remove Misbah from captaincy. He owns no leadership skills. Keep him as a batsman along with one or two other two 30+ experienced middle order players. Fill in 19 world cup champions like INDIA has done. Only bring Afridi as a captain or not at all.

June 23, 2013 10:11 pm

@gulzar: You probably are too rough on the establishment!

shayar badnam
June 23, 2013 10:53 pm

congratulation!!!!!!sethi sahab

June 23, 2013 10:52 pm

For God Sake, leave our cricket immune for your incompetent politicians. Zaka Ashraf was doing a good job with the board, what was wrong with it ?

And who is NS to appoint the interim Chief ? The patron of PCB Is the president, not the PM.

There has to be an element of "what is being challenged" rather than every tom, dick and harry taking national institutions to court.

This government is miserably failing for the start and they are going to ruin cricket as well.

June 23, 2013 11:11 pm

@Ali Zafar: i hope this is sarcasm.

Sultan Alvi
June 24, 2013 1:13 am

In Pakistan: Sub Chalta Hai Bhai. Good for Mr. Sethi Sahib!

June 24, 2013 2:16 am

NS has got good diplomatic relations with India. This Might be strategic move by govt to make players part of IPL.. Many of Pak people are watching IPL, then they are also contributors to the AD generations.. Then why should pak players not involve in IPL, when there are coaches,umpires,commentators from pakistan why not players?? Hope they will be part in upcoming IPL.. IPL has brought many talents into light, let that help pakistan too..

June 24, 2013 2:18 am

Sethi Sahib getting rewards for his performance as acting CM punjab during election.Also keep him quite journalist. Let,s see

June 24, 2013 3:00 am

@TKhan: For this job you need to be a good administrator and the rest he can get it done through professionals.

June 24, 2013 3:07 am

He is an interm chairman meaning just for time being there are a few tasks that needed to be taken care of by the PCB once they are taken care of ia am sure Mr Sethi will step aside what's wrong with that so just chill people and afterwards hopefully the right selected person will start to put some attention on domestic structure

June 24, 2013 3:50 am

It is going to be the most unfortunate thing for our cricket if Najam Sethi says that he is not going to change anything but only do the usual administration as a care-taker. If this is the mind-set then you have at least one more year before someone comes in to change this mess. Pakistan Cricket needs some urgent changes and thats needed now.

June 24, 2013 4:15 am

@saylani: What u think about Sethi,an upright person?what a poor observation.

June 24, 2013 4:20 am

@Nadeem Mirza: These sort of people r shame prove.

June 24, 2013 5:06 am

The charade continues

June 24, 2013 5:47 am

Congratulations, Sethi Sab. Two clear tasks before you. Persuade foreign teams to play in Pakistan and get Pakistani cricketers to play in IPL

June 24, 2013 6:20 am

Sethi is an interim Chief. They were probabaly looking for an articualte educated person to represent Pakistan in upcoming ICC meeting. There have always been unusual PCB appointments for PCB chief...from a diplomat, a General to a corporate Ceo. Its less strange than deemed. Give him a chance.

June 24, 2013 6:46 am

@Bilal: Yes totally agree .He will be a great loyallist to Nawaz than cricket.

June 24, 2013 7:45 am

I hope Mr Sethi has the guts and power to cleanup the PCB and the Selection Committee. unless swift cleanup is done, future of this game is in jeopardy.

Vaibhav Pratap
June 24, 2013 8:19 am

I have listened to his views on Indo-Pak relations and he is one of the most sensible guys in Pakistan. Good move for Pakistan cricket.

June 24, 2013 8:29 am

What a reward for giving his services to PMLN. Must be happy with this reward. Things are now becoming very clear. If still someone thinks that elections in Punjab were fair and free then he lives a in a fool's paradise.

NK Ali
June 24, 2013 8:34 am

Congratulations! Mr. Sethi! Did you ever play cricket in the past twenty-five years? If you did, then did you play with a 'right handed or a left handed cricket bat?' Mr. Sethi, for the sake of cricket and its relevance to the country, please do not continue to function indefinitely on an interim or ad hoc basis, because Pakistan cricket, even after sixty-five years, has not found its bearings and remains politically leveraged. Salams

June 24, 2013 9:00 am

@Oz: What's that which Zaka Ashraf was doing all right? He was nothing but custodian of status quo. Did he send a lot of A-teams to Australia, South Africa and England so that up-coming talent can get some exposure to those conditions? Did he fix our low grade first class system? Did he make some new academies? Did he get rid of people like Ilyas, Miandad and Intekhab who are sitting on top posts but doing nothing? Did he stop favouritism in team selections? Did he get us any test series as we play the least of all big nations?

June 24, 2013 9:04 am

For each and every seat which Mr. Sethi won for MLN, he deserves to get one month of PCB chairmanship. 30 seats means 30 months of chairmanship and 30 million in salary alone.

June 24, 2013 9:45 am

Neither Sethi nor I know anything about cricket and its management. That makes me equally qualified to become the next PCB Chairman - I am sending in my CV for the job too!

June 24, 2013 9:59 am

i will be happy if Pakistan is barred from playing cricket till the government influence is not over, no country should play Pakistan. what is the difference between Zardari & Nawaz Sharif the cricket in Pakistan is run completely by these thugs they have destroyed the country & cricket in Pakistan the result was the recent Champions Trophy.

Alfarooq Kemal
June 24, 2013 10:16 am

Bravo, Mr Sethi got an early reward for his for manipulation in favor of PML-N during his caretaker Chief Minster tenor of Panjub

June 24, 2013 10:18 am

Well, This is called lottery !!! Why not hire Munib as head of selection committee ????

June 24, 2013 10:24 am

Ya Ba Da Ba Dooooooo....

June 24, 2013 10:41 am

Only Imran bhai can uplift Pak cricket. Myself and many Indian youngsters grown admiring him of his leadership skills, cricketing skills, the way he speaks and many more. I know this is not going to happen, but lets hope some miracle takes place.

June 24, 2013 11:01 am

I am an Indian but I am happy mr. Sethi is a honest person

Nonsense prevails
June 24, 2013 11:42 am


June 24, 2013 12:27 pm


Relations between the two countries are not conducive to that proposition.

Also,it wont be safe for Pakistani players in India.

Pakistan can set up its own league and stop the indians from playing

June 24, 2013 1:20 pm

This is unfair, Sethi saabh enjoys incredible goodwill in India, he could bring about a resumption of Indo-Pak tours. I fear that once that happens it will open the flood gates to other renewed contacts with Pak, and the world will forget the Mumbai dead among other injustices we have had to suffer at the hands of Pak army. I hope he turns down this offer, we are not ready for peace yet.

Akhilesh Kumar Sharma
June 24, 2013 1:52 pm

Dear Sir, I am extremely glad to see the news that Mr. Nazab Sethi. is appointed the officiating Chairman of P.B.C. He is a great thinker, analyst person, humble and an honest. Nobody can say that what would be happen in coming years but it is sure that if PBC members is alongwith Mr. Nazab Sethi then a new Pakistani team should be built in the world. I salute my most favorite person of the world. He deserve to be a General Secretary of U.N.O. Please convey my SALAM to Mr. Sethi.

June 24, 2013 2:19 pm

Same role for Najam Sethi. From 'election fixer' to 'match fixer'. In 'His Majesty's Service' and well paid for it.

Mirza Karamat Baig
June 24, 2013 2:22 pm

In Pakistan every thing is possible. Another old man just like Fakhro Bahi now he is going to run PCB, may Allah help Pakistan cricket.

June 24, 2013 2:22 pm

@Osman: Did you manipulate the elections in favor of NS? No! That's what I thought. Hence, you are not qualified. Don't bother sending your CV.

June 24, 2013 2:57 pm

@Adeel: not a lottery, but a proof that from inside they all are one, and before public they are opponents. poor and simple public, keep watching and electing.

June 24, 2013 3:07 pm

@Osman: The Qualification for the post is that you should have strong relations with the head of the ruling party.

June 24, 2013 3:13 pm

@nitish: "what a close look". after all you are a neighbour

June 24, 2013 3:20 pm

@nitish: "I am an Indian but I am happy mr. Sethi is a honest person"

Ofcourse you do, after all he Pakistani Mir Jaffer

June 24, 2013 3:26 pm

@NK Ali: "Mr. Sethi, for the sake of cricket and its relevance to the country..."

Are you really asking Sethi to step back for the sake of country and sport?

Sorry Bro! you are so naive.

June 24, 2013 3:27 pm

@Vairamuthu: He has taken a much bigger task of fixing ills in the political landscape of the country.

Tariq Niazi
June 24, 2013 3:47 pm

Another non cricketer become Chief at base of relationship. God bless Pakistan & Pak Cricket. very soon Pak will need to play to qualify for World-cup ...

Uza Syed
June 24, 2013 3:59 pm

Mr Sethi played a 'good inning' and took care of Punjab and 'delivered' and now it is time of for reward for him and message for others. Mian Sahiban are generous and pay back if you stay loyal.

June 24, 2013 3:59 pm

nazam sethi is journalist not a cricketer, i dont know why the called him as chief, best of luck paksitan team.

June 24, 2013 4:16 pm

It is about time Paki team players should stop thinking selfishly and perform their best for the country. I hope the new leadership in the PCB would promote this concept.

We as a nation have the skill and talent to compete and win any trophy, it is the arrogance, ego and selfish behavior that we as a team has to tackle.

Goodluck doing that Sethi saab.

June 24, 2013 4:57 pm

why we always have a chairman who has nothing to do with cricket and everything with PM and President I guess that itself is undemocratic and should be constitutionally changed so that political figures who come and go - wont be able to DICTATE appointment but rather should just be able to have say in the process which should put conditions on who can participate in running for the post..

Sanjeev Mishra
June 24, 2013 5:01 pm

I Love this man and he surely could do something good for disgraced PCB. But I am missing his show "Appas Ki Baat".

June 24, 2013 7:02 pm

@Adeel: Basically this is REWARD for holding FREE and FAIR elections :)

June 25, 2013 2:45 am

@Vikki, Pul Bangash, Dilli: Please keep in mind that Neurologist can't perform the task of biologist.

June 25, 2013 2:56 am

@Sanjeev Mishra: Absolutely misfit for this task. Perhaps, this is the final exit route for Sethi saheb

June 25, 2013 3:59 pm

Etu sethi.now its ur turn.is it true you have been rewarded for your electioneering job .so be it .God bless Pakistan and PCB.

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