Ashraf steps aside for Sethi – again

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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has been reinstated a mere two days after contemporary Zaka Ashraf was afforded the position.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has been reinstated a mere two days after contemporary Zaka Ashraf was afforded the position.

The country's supreme court has ordered a stay against the Islamabad high court, which recently removed Sethi and returned Ashraf.

Former PCB chief executive officer Arif Ali Abbasi, earlier this week, was appointed as Ashraf's chief consultant.

Abbasi was part of Pakistan International Airlines' senior management staff between 1990 to 2000 in three different stints – and led the country's hockey and squash federations. The new role will see him advise the PCB on policy and cricketing affairs.

"Cricket is being treated unfairly and instability at PCB will derail the game. The success is in consistency and the ongoing legal tussle will bring the country a bad name and nothing else," said Abbas.

"I know in the present circumstances it is tough but I like to take challenges. I know there are hurdles at the moment but there is a need to tackle them rather than running away."

Pakistan, under new head coach Waqar Younis, bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed and batting coach Grant Flower, will tour Sri Lanka for two Tests and three ODIs in August.

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