Just before the 31st October deadline, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron, PM Nawaz Sharif endorsed Pakistan’s nomination of Mr. Najam Sethi for the post of International Cricket Council’s President.
The nomination was presented by the incumbent PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan and Board of Governors, who felt the contributions of the ex-PCB chairman merited a nomination for the prestigious position.
“The PCB chairman and BoG have unanimously recommended Najam Sethi as Pakistan’s nominee for president of ICC for the 2015-16 term commencing on July 1, 2015,” read a PCB press release.
“The PCB Patron, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Tuesday evening endorsed the PCB’s nomination of Najam Sethi for the ICC President’s position,” it further added.
The press release also mentioned Mr. Sethi’s contributions, including the fact that he was the recipient of Hilal-i-Pakistan, which is the country’s highest civil award. Mr. Sethi was also the Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman last year, and played an integral role in the formation of a new constitution for the board.
“The BoG in its last three meetings had at various points greatly appreciated Mr Sethi’s contribution to Pakistan cricket during a difficult transition period and unanimously felt he was the best man for the nomination as the president of the apex body of world cricket,” the press release read.
Even though the position of ICC president is ceremonial in nature now, Mr. Sethi’s appointment can improve Pakistan’s international image and hopefully lead to revival of international cricket in the country.
Back in 2000, another Pakistani, Ehsan Mani, served as the ICC president.