SHC reserves judgement on Rashid Latif’s petitions

KARACHI: Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday reserved its judgment on petitions filed by ex-captain Rashid Latif that sought reforms in Pakistan Cricket Board PCB and formation of its new constitution.

The petitioner through his counsel stated that impugned PCB constitution gave unfettered powers to the president of Pakistan being its patron to appoint the chairman, who otherwise ought to be appointed by way of election amongst representatives of the cricket associations or members of the region in order to ensure complete transparency.

He submitted that since PCB chairman was appointed by the patron without any criteria or electoral process, the patron had unfettered powers to appoint members of the governing board that comprised chairman, five representatives of regions, and one representative of service organizations having played first-class cricket, six technocrats and two former Test cricketers.

He stated that PCB has failed to amend or pass new constitution as per direction of ICC.

Rashid Latif had also filed another petition challenging the appointment of Najam Sethi, as acting chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, submitting that International Cricket Council had set a deadline of June 2013 for its members to enforce new constitution in according with its recommendations allowing board to be governed more democratically. However, he submitted that on contrary, the ministry of interprovincial coordination violated the law and appointed Sethi as acting chairman of the PCB, risking PCB membership in ICC.

He said that act of appointing Mr Sethi would lead Pakistan to disqualification from membership of ICC as laws for appointment of an acting chairman has been violated. He pleaded the court to declare Sethi’s appointment as unlawful and restrain him from performing as acting chairman PCB.

Following the lengthy arguments from both sides including counsels acting on behalf of petitioner and board, the division bench of SHC reserved its judgment. The date for pronouncement of decision on petitions will be fixed by the court office.