Pakistan appoints senior journalist as interim cricket board chief

Ashraf's nomination was widely criticised by former players and officials who denounced it as politically motivated. Former Pakistan Army cricket coach Ahmed Nadeem Sadal challenged the appointment in court and the hearing will be held on Monday.

updated: June 23, 2013 18:26 IST
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Karachi: Pakistan on Sunday appointed a senior journalist as interim chairman of country's cricket board following a court order.

Najam Sethi, 65, who also worked as caretaker chief minister of central Punjab province, was appointed interim head by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after orders this week from the Islamabad high court.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf was ordered to halt work last month amid a row over his election, which was criticised in some quarters as unfairly influenced by President Asif Ali Zardari, the board's patron.

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