SHC directs Sethi to exercise limited powers of Acting PCB Chairman

July 9, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: After former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif filed a petition against acting Pakistan Cricket Board PCB Chairman Najam Sethi, Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday, directed the acting chairman to exercise the limited powers of acting chairman as prescribed in PCB constitution.

According to the SHC verdict on Tuesday, Najam Sethi should now onwards act in accordance with the powers prescribed to the acting chairman under article 61 a ton e of PCB constitutions till the next hearing.

Rashid Latif has been playing the role of whistleblower and had also filed petition against suspended Chairman Zaka Ashraf, who was handpicked by President Asif Ali Zardari.

He once more filed petition against Najam Sethi for his ‘unconstitutional’ appointment of acting chairman of the PCB.

According to the PCB constitution, Sethi could exercise limited powers as acting chairman. As such he could preside over all meeting of the board; summon the annual general meeting of the board and the extraordinary general meeting; summon the meetings of BOG; adjourn the meetings; fix the date, time and place of all the meetings including adjourned meeting.

As acting chairman, he could not take key decisions of the board.

Renowned journalist Najam Sethi, who was the caretaker chief minister of Punjab to see transition of the government, came under immense criticism for taking the job of acting PCB chairman after having served as the chief minister.

Sethi’s appointed has also been challenged last month in Islamabad High Court. The petitioner argued that the appointment of Najam Sethi not only lacked merit but it may also come under the clause of political appointment that is banned by the International Cricket Council ICC.

ICC had earlier put deadline of June 2013 for its affiliated boards to end political and governmental interference and to have democratically elected representatives.