Najam Sethi was appointed as the acting chairman by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. -Photo by AFP
Najam Sethi was appointed as the acting chairman by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. -Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has urged the International Cricket Council to investigate what it calls the “unconstitutional” appointment of Najam Sethi as acting chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

TIP wrote to ICC president Alan Isaac on Tuesday, saying “in our opinion Sethi's appointment is unconstitutional.”

TIP also asked the ICC to “adhere to its own principles to ensure corruption-free cricket in the world and especially to observe that national boards follow their own constitution duly approved by the ICC.”

TIP's letter to the ICC, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, came just two days before Sethi is scheduled to attend the ICC board meeting in London.

The ICC said on Tuesday that Sethi will represent Pakistan at the board meeting.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Sethi as acting chairman last Sunday after the Islamabad High Court ordered the government to replace Zaka Ashraf.

A former cricket official from Rawalpindi had challenged Ashraf's election as PCB chief. Court judge Shaukat Aziz Siddique termed the PCB election process as “polluted” before ordering the government to appoint an acting chairman, and also stopped Ashraf from representing Pakistan at the ICC.

The PCB amended its constitution to fall into line with ICC rules for democratic elections and non-interference from the government. One of its clauses states that in case the chairman's post falls vacant for more than 45 days, he could be replaced only by a board member.

However, it seems this clause was ignored by Sharif, who brought in Sethi, a former caretaker chief minister of Punjab province and a prominent political analyst.

Sethi has said he has no plans to stay for a long period, and will make way for the new full-time chairman once he attends the ICC meeting, gives approval of the team for next month's tour to West Indies, and conducts fair and transparent elections for the new PCB chief.

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Jun 26, 2013 07:37pm

NS will do what he did during 2013 Election, nothing.

Jun 26, 2013 07:49pm

Quid pro quo. "You ensure I win elections and I shall reward you. What does it matter if you know nothing about the subject." Why is everyone surprised?

Jun 26, 2013 08:09pm

Where is the supreme court. Why the suo moto action not taken

Jun 26, 2013 08:21pm

For God sake stop playing foul

Syed Asad
Jun 26, 2013 10:07pm

welcome to purana Pakistan...

Jun 27, 2013 03:50am

Well, its a political appointment. Nawaz may have ignored PCB constitution. It is only going to create uncertainty among team players and instability in PCB's structure. Politicians should let the sport free of politics and favouritism.

Jun 27, 2013 04:24am

Mr. Najam Sethi has been rewarded by H.H Sharif Nawaz, ruler of Rajwarah Pakistan for his hard work & dedication in Election Circus. He is reputed for his sportsman spirit & CHARACTER(???). He represented Pakistan in Ranji Trophy, where he played with a Hockey Stick instead of a Cricket Bat. W.G.Grace praised him for his character & superb cricket. He took 7 wickets in an over at Concordia in 1927. The Entire Journalist fraternity is aware of his performance in Baluchistan, in late 70s. An excellent administrator.

Khuram Pervez
Jun 27, 2013 06:27am

What a shameful appointment. A political person has been appointed as PCB chairman. That is why Pakistan Cricket has lost its dignity. It seems there is no difference between Nawaz Shareef and ex PM Yousuf Raza Gilani who appointed a metric pass person as a minister. Well done Mr Nawaz Shareef.