PCB chief Najam Sethi reinstated within hours of court suspension

Islamabad, Oct 30 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board's interim chairman Najam Sethi was suspended by the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday, only to be reinstated two hours later, as the legal tussle rocking the board took another dramatic twist.

According to The Daily Times, Justice Justice Shukat Siddiqui suspended Najam Sethi for not obeying a legal order to elect a permanent chairman for the PCB by October 18.

However, just two hours later, an appeals bench at the same court granted a stay order on the ruling until November 4, following an application from the PCB legal team, the report said.

Yesterday's drama was the latest round in a saga that has plunged the administration of the game, followed fanatically by millions in Pakistan, into turmoil since May, the report added.

In its appeal, the PCB argued that the judgment had impacted its daily functioning and so it was not feasible to carry out the election for the chairman's post, according to the report.

The arguments lasted more than 90 minutes, during which the PCB's current status was called a 'mess' several times, the report further said.

The board's lawyers insisted that Justice Siddiqui's order be reviewed while a lawyer for the suspended Zaka Ashraf pleaded for his client to resume his role, since he was elected for a four-year term this May, the report mentioned. (ANI)

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