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PCB relieved after Lahore High Court rejects petition to suspend new constitution

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) welcomed Lahore High Court’s (LHC) verdict to dismiss an application regarding the suspension of PCB's new constitution, which was promulgated recently by the Government of Pakistan and came into effect on August 19.

LHC refused to grant a stay to the second petition filed by the same plaintiff and issued notices to PCB, asking the central industry for cricket in Pakistan to present its response at the next date of hearing which hasn't been announced yet.

There has been a series of petitions filed against PCB in the last couple of weeks on several objections. One was pertaining to district-level elections and club cricket accountability while the others were related to coaches appointment and the latest one sought suspension of the new constitution which has now been quashed by LHC.

Furthermore, LHC dismissed in excess of a dozen cases relating to the election commission and the grievances of terminated employees.

The amended constitution features notable changes in the domestic cricket structure. The departmental teams — private sector and government institutions managed sides — who have been unshaken in the past will now no longer participate in domestic competitions but can only sponsor domestic teams. 

The constitution has made patron in chief, who is also the prime minister, as more or less a symbolic position who won't have the authority to terminate a chairman or initiate dissolution of the board. Also, the CEO will be at the helm of all cricketing affairs according to the new set of rules.

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Court wars are not novel to PCB as previous chairmen including Zaka Ashraf and Najam Sethi in their tenures had to endure legal pitfalls that have had hampered PCB's progress as a governing body.

PCB Chairman Mr. Ehsan Mani said: “The PCB welcomes the judgment of the Honourable Lahore High Court Judge Mr. Justice Shahid Waheed, who dismissed the application to suspend the PCB Constitution 2019.

'The intentions of petitioners were mala fide'

“It was obvious to all the knowledgeable and passionate cricket fans and followers that the intentions of the petitioners were mala fide and were aimed at disrupting Pakistan cricket activities and bringing embarrassment to the PCB and the country," Mani said.

“The petitioners had approached the court to protect their personal and financial interests with complete disregard to the fact that their action could have resulted in a severe impact on the 2019-20 domestic cricket schedule. This ploy has been defeated on solid legal grounds and the PCB will now swiftly move to announce the new domestic structure and commence the 2019-20 season on 14 September."

'Season of celebration as we host Sri Lanka'

Mani turned his attention to the upcoming action-packed season as PCB accelerates its efforts to bring back cricket in Pakistan.

“The 2019-20 season will be a season of celebration for Pakistan’s cricket fans as we host Sri Lanka for three ODIs and as many T20Is from 27 September to 9 October," he stated.

"Furthermore, high-powered delegations from Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board will be visiting in September and October respectively as part of our preparations for their future tours to Pakistan.

“The Honourable court’s decision now provides complete clarity. The PCB will now finalize arrangements for the 2019-20 season without further delays.”

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