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According to reliable sources, Najam Sethi, former chairman of the now-defunct Management Committee of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), made efforts to persuade Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), until the last moment. However, Zardari did not respond to Sethi’s attempts, as per the sources revealed to Geo News.
Najam Sethi wants name of Zaka Ashraf to be removed from chairman race
On Monday, Sethi’s contacts within the party tried to convince them to withdraw the name of former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf from the race for the coveted position of PCB chair.
This move came amidst the PPP’s strong push to appoint Ashraf as the PCB chief. However, due to the party’s anger over the resignation of former National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) chairman Tariq Malik, they declined the proposition.
The standoff between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Zardari-led party ultimately led to Sethi’s departure, forcing him to step down as chairman.
Moreover, Sethi faced another setback as his decision to establish a new Board of Governors during his last meeting on June 20 was rendered invalid when the Management Committee was dissolved following the appointment of Ahmed Shehzad Farooq Rana as the acting chairman of the PCB.
Meanwhile, the PCB has announced that the election for the top post of chairman will take place on June 27 at their headquarters in Lahore. The board stated that the schedule for the election will be issued after receiving nominations from departments and service organizations.
The election process will adhere to fairness, transparency, and legal formalities, ensuring due process, as highlighted by Rana, the acting chairman, in a statement released by the PCB.
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