PCB chairman Najam Sethi resigns

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Sethi played his role in reviving international cricket in Pakistan since foreign teams have refused to tour the country after a deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009.

Najam Sethi:Najam Sethi has resigned as the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman on Monday, just two days after Imran Khan was sworn in as country’s prime minister. “In order to facilitate your objectives in the interest of Pakistan cricket, I hereby submit my resignation as chairman of PCB and Member of its BoG (Board of Governor),” Sethi wrote in his letter to Khan.

Khan, who is also the patron of the PCB, has appointed Ehsan Mani as the new head of the country’s cricket board. “He brings vast and valuable experience to the job. He represented PCB in the ICC; was Treasurer ICC for 3 yrs and then headed the ICC for another 3 yrs,” Khan said in a tweet about Mani’s appointment.

Sethi had been PCB chairman since 2014 after he won several court battles with former chairman of the cricket board Zaka Ashraf. Sethi had a poor relationship with Khan since 2013 when he was the caretaker chief minister of Punjab province. Khan had alleged Sethi helped former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to win a majority of seats in the national assembly.

“You have said on many occasions that you have a vision for Pakistan cricket,” Sethi said in a letter. “Therefore it is only proper that you should assume charge and responsibility for assembling a management team for PCB that enjoys your full confidence and trust.”

The prime minister is the patron of the PCB and according to the cricket board constitution he could change the PCB chairman if he so desires. Sethi said he believed he had “served the cause of cricket diligently” but tweeted he had been “waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath” before handing in his resignation.

During Sethi’s tenure the PCB launched the Pakistan Super League in 2016, although its second edition was marred by several players being banned for their involvement in spot-fixing.

Khan had criticized the PCB for selecting mediocre foreign players when Sethi organized the final of the second edition of the PSL in Lahore in 2017.

However, Sethi played his role in reviving international cricket in Pakistan since foreign teams have refused to tour the country after a deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team bus at Lahore in 2009. He tried to win back the confidence of foreign teams by organizing short limited overs series against Zimbabwe, a World XI and Sri Lanka.

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