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Newly elected ICC chairman N. Srinivasan of India (L) speaks to the media as ICC chief executive David Richardson of South Africa (R) looks on during the ICC Annual Conference. — Photo by AFP
Newly elected ICC chairman N. Srinivasan of India (L) speaks to the media as ICC chief executive David Richardson of South Africa (R) looks on during the ICC Annual Conference. — Photo by AFP

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi was elected on the newly-formed, all powerful International Cricket Council Executive Committee (ExCo) in Melbourne (Australia), said a PCB media release.

“The ExCo comprises five members with representations from India, England and Australia besides two others with Pakistan being elected as the fourth and the West Indies as the fifth member of the committee,” PCB statement said.

The ExCo will have a number of committees reporting to it and will deal with important matters like constitution, anti-corruption, ethics, integrity, development and HR. This will be the core committee of ICC which will meet with as much frequency as required to assist and advise the ICC Board on operational, management and administrative activities of ICC.

“Last year, on request from Najam Sethi and subsequent advice from a Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom sought by the PCB on Mohammad Amir's ban, the ICC had agreed to form a committee to review its Anti-Corruption Code as under the existing code there were no provisions for early entry into cricket of a banned player,” it added.

“The work on the drafting of the new ICC Anti-Corruption Code has substantially progressed with a draft clause inserted into the Code permitting a banned player to be involved in domestic matches prior to the end of his ban period,” he said.

“The Anti-Corruption Code will now be placed before the Board for approval soon after which the PCB will be in the position to make an application for Mohammad Amir,” PCB statement said.

Sethi on this occasion said, “Clearly this is some great news for the people of Pakistan. Our representation on the ExCo would ensure that Pakistan remains involved in the important decision-making concerning the game of cricket.”

“It also reflects that Pakistan now holds an important and undisputed position within the top echelon of the cricketing fraternity. The progress on ICC amendments in ICC's Anti Corruption Code is also very encouraging and is yet another step closer to the early entry of Mohammad Amir in cricket,” it concluded.

Pakistan, India agree on 6 series from next year

In the meantime the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the PCB have agreed six bilateral tours between the two countries during the period 2015-23, PCB statement mentioned.

“The two boards have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing the tours with the first tour scheduled for Dec. 2015 to be hosted by PCB at a venue, to be mutually agreed,” it said.

Commenting on this development, Sanjay Patel, Secretary BCCI said: “We recognize that there is no other contest in world cricket as exciting as an India-Pakistan series.”

“Sports fans of both the countries eagerly look forward to these tours as this promises to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world,” he commented.

“We are delighted to announce the revival of Pakistan-India series, which we wish to hold on a regular basis. I am happy that PCB has been able to execute an MoU with BCCI for these bilateral tours,” Najam Sethi quoted as saying.

“We will be announcing the schedule and other arrangements with regard to these tours at the earliest. I am confident that the cricket fans of Pakistan will look forward to these exciting contests,” he concluded.

Comments (27) Closed

Sunil Jun 27, 2014 05:44pm

Hope Nazam Sethi representation makes him happy.

Ravi Dallas TX Jun 27, 2014 06:06pm

So it is official.

Tanzeel Jun 27, 2014 06:53pm

Sethi knows how to play this game!! (pun intended)

Rogers Evans Jun 27, 2014 07:07pm

It does not mean that Pak is part of big three or big four. It is a normal turn to be member of Executive Committee..

Atam Vetta Jun 27, 2014 07:18pm

Congratulations, Mr Sethi, a job well done

Ahmer Jun 27, 2014 07:38pm

"Pakistan gets representation in ICC Executive Committee"

Congratulations Sethi Sahib. You should outsmart the Indian member by arriving at quiet understandings with other committee members and make him ineffective.

Anup Jun 28, 2014 12:03am

@Ahmer, if for a good reason and good future of the game then why not. But unfortunately he himself is a culprit of a conflict of interest issue. So, two wrongs or replacing one wrong by another will not correct the situation.

Bharat Aks Jun 28, 2014 01:52am

How ironic ! In hindsight, it appears so evident what Rameez Raja was advising the PCB right at the beginning when "Big 3" was coined. He clearly asked Pakistan to think without emotions and jingoism, with sole eye on the profits and betterment of their country's cricket infrastructure. But PCB finally gave in to collect all the bits and pieces left behind after all other boards picked from whatever was on offer on the ICC's "high table", with the embarrassment of being left completely high and dry. As always, the entire nation and PCB fell prey to the anti-India stance without even rationally analyzing or negotiating a better deal at the start of this process. Pakistan needs more people like Najam Sethi, Rameez Raja and the likes to lead their valuable organizations !!

advance Jun 28, 2014 02:05am

Once China enters world cricket then pakistan will be made top dog .

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 28, 2014 02:23am

Yet another blatant lie from the hand-picked chief architect of the famous and historic "35-puncture" shameful episode.

Dr Qureshi Jun 28, 2014 07:27am

Sathi has destroyed PCB!

Malveros Jun 28, 2014 09:17am

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad

Get your facts straight before declaring anyone a liar.

Malveros Jun 28, 2014 09:17am

@Dr Qureshi

Provide Proof. Else keep meaningless statements to yourself.

syed Jun 28, 2014 09:21am

Mr. Sethi, get your face off my screen, honestly, do it !!

Madiha Jun 28, 2014 02:45pm

Now this 'puncture' will surely hurt the PTI..won't it?

Salma Jun 28, 2014 03:56pm

So it comes out to be just an MOU. There is no binding contract signed regarding the 6 bilateral tours.

Shahid Jun 28, 2014 04:12pm

FACTS: The ICC didn't confirm Mr. Sethi's claims of PCB getting a bigger share of finances. BCCI confirmed that there is no binding agreement to the 6 bilateral tours but only a non binding MOU. Then comes Mr. Sethi's selection in to the exective committee which will eventually come to all the 7 members (except big 3) on rotation. Under the new rules, ICC will have a president with no powers at all and this ceremonial presidency will come to every country on its turn. Now Bangladesh has this toothless presidency and Pakistan has its turn after 2 years.

SMQ Zaman Jun 28, 2014 06:32pm

I first heard this wonderful 'breaking news' from the 'horse's mouth', on 'Aapas ki Baat' yesterday, and my congratulations and felicitations to Mr Najam Sethi and PCB for a job very well done.

Some if not many of us, esp. abroad, are avid fans of yours (as a journalist, political analyst) and were confident of your Leadership & Management of the PCB, and I wish you a long and successful association as the chairman of PCB and now as an executive member of the ICC.

A British-Pakistani professional and Intl. Development Development management consultant

SMQ Zaman Jun 28, 2014 07:23pm

Thanks to Dawn for this great news.

For informaton and record of the commentators and others, the 4th and 5th members of the ExCo. are/will be elected on a rotational basis annually. Moreover, according to Najam Sethi on 'Aapa ki Baat' programme on Geo News yesterday, the Pakistan-India is worth $300m for the PCB. The MOU between India-Pakistan is a binding agreement according to NS.

skeptic Jun 28, 2014 11:00pm

Can't say that i have ever been a supporter of Mr Sethi for the last couple of years but this is good and needs to be acknowledged. He's delivered well on this one

Abdullah Jun 29, 2014 04:57am

Well done!

ASAD Jun 29, 2014 09:34am

let me predict. Majid khan will be new chief executive of PCB under new constitution. Any comment? .

Nadeem saeed Jun 29, 2014 11:37am

I strongly feel his ban should continue for life to set an example for other's!

Iqbal Jun 29, 2014 12:35pm

Is this position permanent or turning around with other non-executive members for certain period?

h.k Jun 29, 2014 05:29pm

well that's a great news....and i hope in future PCB will also make some good efforts and try to take Pakistan's cricket forward.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 29, 2014 11:50pm

What a late joke?

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jun 30, 2014 08:40pm

In fact, it's just like handing-over a "broken left-over toy" to a crying kid after the more influential so-called "kid leaders" have picked-up the best and the brightest of all playing tools and toys for themselves. What a shame?