As Zaka Ashraf prepares to return to the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi has opted to withdraw from the race to become chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
In a late-night announcement, Sethi said he was withdrawing from the campaign for chairperson because he did not want to be a source of disagreement between Shehaz Sharif and Asif Zardari.
He also noted an atmosphere of uncertainty and volatility as being unfavorable to PCB. In these conditions, I am not a candidate for PCB Chairmanship. His message concludes, “Good luck to all stakeholders.”
Federal Minister Ehsan Ur Rehman Mazari has mentioned Zaka Ashraf for the job. He stated that Sethi was appointed temporarily to hold elections and restore the 2014 constitution in accordance with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s directions.
The news comes as the Pakistan People Party, a key ally of the federal government, called for Zaka Ashraf to be reinstated.
Zaka Ashraf will return after nearly a decade of absence due to a protracted court battle with Najam Sethi for the role.