Sethi back as head of Pakistan Cricket Board
Najam Sethi has been elected unopposed as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The 59-year-old Sethi, who previously held the post, in an interim capacity, on several occasions between 2013 and 2014, succeeds Shaharyar Khan, and will serve a three-year term.
Sethi was the only candidate and his nomination was unanimously approved by the PCB board of governors on Wednesday.
He has latterly been serving as chairman of the Pakistan Super League, the country’s Twenty20 competition, held largely in the United Arab Emirates.
The 83-year-old Khan announced in April that he would not be seeking another term in office, citing “personal and health reasons.”
The PCB is presently embroiled in a legal battle seeking compensation from the Board of Control for Cricket in India for failing to honour a pledge to play regular bilateral series against Pakistan
This is set against the backdrop of security concerns and tense relations between the governments of the two countries, which has prompted the PCB to call for the Under-19 Asia Cup in Bangalore in November to be moved out of India.
However, Sethi is hopeful that India-Pakistan matches can resume in due course, saying: “I have not closed any doors with India. The way I see, as soon as relations improve between Pakistan and India, the BCCI should get permission from its government to play a bilateral series against us.”
Pakistan have played most of their home matches in the United Arab Emirates since a terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lankans in Lahore in March 2009 ruled out major international matches in the country.