After a sumptuous knock, Najam Sethi calls it stumps as the PCB chairman
Sethi who was elected for a second term in 2017 was to serve as the PCB boss until 2020.
A couple of days after Imran Khan took over the office as the Prime Minister, Najam Sethi the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered his resignation. Sethi who was elected for a second term in 2017 was to serve as the PCB boss until 2020 but with the shift in political leadership of the country, he thinks it is only right that he steps down.
Sethi who started his career as a journalist is known for his administrative skills having served as the caretaker Chief Minister of the Punjab province in 2013. He was first nominated as the PCB chief by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and when his term was about to end in 2017, the then PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi supported its extension until 2020.
In a tweet, the 70-year-old wrote: “I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad.”
I was waiting for the new Prime Minister to take oath before submitting my resignation as PCB Chairman, which I have done today. I wish PCB all the best and hope our cricket team goes from strength to strength. Eid Mubarak. Pakistan Zindabad. pic.twitter.com/uiIVoiRAtq
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) August 20, 2018
His resignation letter was addressed to the PM, Imran and wrote, “I was nominated to the Board of Governors of the Pakistan Cricket Board (as per the Pakistan Cricket Board Constitution of 2014 approved by the ICC and Supreme Court of Pakistan) by ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from 2014-2017 and then again from 2017- 2020 by ex-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.”
He was unanimously elected as the chairman of the board but at this point in time, he feels he has done his part for Pakistan cricket and it is time someone else takes over charge.
“I was unanimously elected Chairman PCB in August 2017 by all ten members of the BoG for a three-year term ending in 2020. I believe I have served the cause of cricket diligently,” he added.
Sethi addressed the point that Imran has his own ideas for the future of Pakistan cricket and he would want to give him the freedom to build an administrative team of his preference.
“You have said on many occasions that you have a vision for Pakistan cricket. 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.
In order to facilitate your objectives in the interest of Pakistan cricket, I hereby submit toy resignation as Chairman of PCB and Member of its BoG,” Sethi wrote.
The outgoing PCB chairman is also the chairman of the Pakistan Super League and has over the years worked really hard to establish its status among various T20 leagues in the world and at the same time bring it back to the home country. In the previous edition of the PSL, they hosted three of the playoffs at home and plans are in place to play half of PSL 4 in Pakistan.