A timeline of the repeated sacking and rehiring of Zaka Ashraf and Najam Sethi.
The extraordinary game of musical chairs at the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) took a fresh turn on Friday with the restoration of Najam Sethi as the chief of the beleaguered organization, a day after he was removed from office and replaced by a retired judge.
Here is a timeline of the 15 months of changes that have left the PCB in turmoil.
May 8, 2013
Zaka Ashraf elected as PCB chairman. In keeping with traditional practice in Pakistan, Ashraf was originally appointed by then-president Asif Ali Zardari but reforms demanded by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, meant he had to undergo election.
The Islamabad High Court suspends Ashraf, saying the election to choose him was “dubious” and a fresh one should be held.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appoints veteran journalist Najam Sethi as the PCB’s interim chairman, a month after coming to power in general elections.
Sharif takes over as PCB patron following an amendment in the national constitution, which gave powers to the P.M., and appoints a PCB management committee with Sethi as chairman.
Jan. 15, 2014
A court appeal bench restores Ashraf as PCB chairman.
Sharif once again sacks Ashraf, and appoints Sethi as PCB’s committee chief.
An Islamabad High Court appeal bench restores Ashraf, again.
The Supreme Court gives a stay order suspending the high court’s restoration of Ashraf, bringing Sethi back as PCB chief.
Sharif appoints former judge Jamshed Ali Shah as interim PCB chief to hold elections for a permanent chairman within 30 days. Sethi is removed again as a result.
Supreme Court suspends notification deseating Sethi, claiming the matter is sub judice and any new governing board would be illegal until the matter is settled in court.