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Pakistan boycott could end with ODIs in Lahore

Hailing Waqar Younis’s return as the coach, Sethi said that it’s the move in the right direction for Pakistan.

By: Press Trust of India | Karachi |
Updated: May 18, 2014 5:26:15 pm

Devoid of any international cricket since the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi is hopeful of an international series in Lahore later this year. “It all depends on how quickly the government is able to erode the terrorist threat. But we don’t rule out a short ODI series in Lahore with an international team later this year,” said Sethi.

Pakistan cricket has not only suffered due to lack of international cricket on home shores but the constant administrative changes in PCB has also not helped the nations’ most popular game. Sethi admits the need to address the troubling issues. “The ICC has now learnt to live with instability in Pakistan. Instability is a real cause for concern at home. The constant intervention of the courts in both day to day and strategic matters in the PCB is creating a logjam and derailing many urgently needed projects,” Sethi was quoted as saying by PakPassion.net.

Hailing Waqar Younis’s return to the coaching position, Sethi said that it’s the move in the right direction for Pakistan’s cricket future. “Waqar is recognised universally as a solid professional. His expertise and leadership qualities have been honed considerably in the last few years at home and abroad and this is acknowledged even by his critics,” said Sethi.

Waqar, 42, quit as head coach due to personal reasons in 2011 but Sethi feels the former speedster will certainly fit into ex-coach Dav Whatmore’s shoes. “Everyone says that if he can show a degree of maturity in handling the players then he is the best man for the job. I think he has matured and will do a good job,” said Sethi.

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Ashraf reinstated as PCB chief Pakistan cricket went into another spin as Islamabad High Court once again restored Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the Board, setting aside an order of the government issued in February which had appointed a management committee to run the game in the country. This is the second time that the IHC has reinstated Ashraf as the PCB chief. In January also, it had restored him to the top post while ruling on petitions filed on the issue.

The IHC gave its decision on a petition that challenged Ashraf’s sacking by the government in February due to which Najam Sethi took over as head of the PCB with the 12-member management committee. Justice Noor Ul Haq termed Ashraf’s removal last February illegal, besides questioning the formation of the management committee that worked under Sethi’s chairmanship.

The IHC declared invalid the notification issued on February 10 after the Prime Minister appointed the interim committee to run the affairs of the Board. The court ruling also disqualified Najam Sethi as chief of the PCB. The legal advisor of the Board, Tafazzul Rizvi told PTI that they had also come to know through media reports about the IHC decision.

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