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Fresh crisis hits Pakistan cricket

Karachi: Pakistan cricket on Monday plunged into crisis as the Islamabad High Court, which had restored Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), declared in its detailed judgement all decisions taken by the Najam Sethi-led management committee since February as “null and void”.

The judgement means all decisions taken by Sethi-led PCB now stand void. The decisions include appointments of Moin Khan as chief selector and manager, Waqar Younis as head coach, Mushtaq Ahmed as spin bowling coach, Grant Flower as batting coach, Zaheer Abbas as principal advisor to chairman on cricket affairs and the termination of nearly 150 employees.

The court in its judgement said it was necessary to suspend the government notification issued in February, which brought Sethi to power at the expense of an elected Ashraf regime.

The release of the detailed judgement saw Ashraf arrive at the Gaddafi Stadium to take charge with members of his governing board in tow.

Ashraf told reporters after a meeting of the governing board members that it was time the government accept the court’s decision and respect it.

“I respect the government and am keen to work with it but the decisions of the judiciary also must be respected and accepted,” he said.