Islamabad, June 26 (ANI): The appointment of Najam Sethi as the acting chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been slammed as 'unconstitutional' by a top official of the Transparency International Pakistan (TIP).
Although the PCB elected Mohammad Zaka Ashraf as its new chairman for a four-year tenure last month under the new ICC-approved constitution, however, Ashraf's election was challenged in the Islamabad High Court, after which the court ordered the government to replace him and appoint an acting chairman, the Daily Times reports.
According to TIP chairman Sohail Muzaffar, Sethi's appointment by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was 'against all norms of transparency and merit' because in the board's constitution only board members can replace the chairman.
Although Sethi had said that he has no plans to 'play long innings' and would go home once he attends the ICC meeting, gives approval of the team for next month's tour of West Indies, and conducts fair and transparent elections for chairman, TIP said that Sethi has no experience of cricket and also alleged that he had not paid 10.6 million rupees to the Federal Board of Revenue on undisclosed income in 2009.
Stating that over the last 15 years Pakistan cricket had been 'mismanaged by chairmen not having any experience of cricket', a TIP advisor said that Pakistan cricket needs a person of spotless integrity at this point of time.
According to the TIP, although it had asked the previous two chairmen of the PCB to 'prioritise good governance, anti-corruption and ethics in the affairs of PCB', none of the chairmen adhered to the recommendations to enhance transparency in their tenures.
TIP also said that unless the government reviews its decision, the Supreme Court would have to step in to reverse Sethi's appointment. (ANI)