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Najam Sethi vows revival of cricket with new management committee

"The cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja is no more. The 2014 PCB constitution stands restored. The Management Committee will work tirelessly to revive first-class cricket," Najam Sethi tweeted.

It seems that Pakistani cricket will soon see major reform as former PCB Chairman Najam Sethi promises revival with the recently constituted 14-member management committee led by him.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif constituted a 14-member management committee headed by former PCB chairman Najam Sethi to run the affairs of the Pakistan Cricket Board till the elections to be held within the next four months.

In another notification, the federal cabinet also approved repealing of PCB Constitution 2019 and revival of the PCB Constitution 2014 through a circulation summary.

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Following the dissolution of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s constitution, chairman of the management committee of the sport’s governing body Najam Sethi announced that the “cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja is no more”.

“The cricket regime headed by Ramiz Raja is no more. The 2014 PCB constitution stands restored. The Management Committee will work tirelessly to revive first-class cricket. Thousands of cricketers will be employed again. The famine in cricket will come to an end,” Najam Sethi said.

According to the details, the committee led by Najam Sethi includes Shakil Sheikh (ex-PCB BoG), Gul Zada (ex-PCB BoG) Nauman Butt (ex-PCB BoG), ex-Test cricketers Haroon Rashid, Shahid Khan Afridi, and Shafqat Rana, Sana Mir (ex-Pakistan women team’s captain), Aized Syed (ex-PCB director NHPC), Tanvir Ahmed (ex-president Larkana Region), Advocate Supreme Court Mustafa Ramday and Chaudhry Arif Saeed (CEO Service Industries).

The management committee will streamline the PCB affairs for at least 120 days before conducting the elections in conformity with the 2014 PCB constitution which has already been vetted by the Ministry of Law, with some minor amendments.

Najam Sethi, 73, first served as PCB chairman in 2013 but had to fight a legal battle with Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf. He returned to charge in 2014 but Shahryar Khan was named chairman and Sethi was given charge of the powerful executive committee.

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