Calcutta: Najam Sethi, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has got his facts wrong!
A PCB nominee will become the president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), in 2015, not its chairman in 2016.
“What Mr Sethi has said on returning home, after the executive board meeting, is incorrect. He has, obviously, confused the positions...
“From June, once the ICC’s restructuring is complete, the powers are going to rest with the chairman, who’ll have a two-year term...
“The president, whose role will exclusively be ceremonial, won’t hold office for more than a year... Pakistan’s nominee is going to succeed Bangladesh’s A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal in 2015,” a well-placed source told The Telegraph on Friday evening.
Earlier, a news agency report from Karachi quoted Sethi as saying: “One of the decisions reached at the ICC meeting (in Dubai, on Wednesday-Thursday) was that Pakistan will nominate the next chairman of the ICC, after India takes it turn this year...”
Perhaps, Sethi, hand-picked by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, got carried away after attending his first meeting of the ICC’s executive board as the full-fledged chairman of the PCB.
Narayanswamy Srinivasan, effectively ‘suspended’ as the Board of Control for Cricket in India president, by the Supreme Court, is set to take over as the ICC chairman in June.
Unless a Supreme Court-ordered probe derails him, Srinivasan is going to serve as the ICC chairman for two years.
Technically, Srinivasan could seek a second term as well. He’s one with high ambitions.
Currently the ICC’s vice-president, Kamal becomes the ceremonial president at the annual conference, in Melbourne, in June.
Kamal, incidentally, is now a minister in Sheikh Hasina’s government. He has plenty on his plate at home, but as the ICC president, he’ll largely be presenting trophies and cutting ribbons.
Nevertheless, even that will be big for Bangladesh.
India and Pakistan have had their men in the No.1 position, but nobody from Bangladesh has risen as high as Kamal in the ICC.