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    "All players will have to play PSL games in Pakistan if they are held there" : Najam Sethi

    Najam Sethi was elected as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in August to replace the retired Shahryar Khan. He also holds the position of the Chairman of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and has been widely credited with the success of two editions of the Twenty20 tournament.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Sethi spoke on a variety of issues including the Sharjeel Khan verdict and its repercussions on Pakistan cricket, status of the upcoming farewell ceremony for retired cricketers, explained how PCB had dealt with issues relating to Pakistan players' participation in overseas domestic tournaments and clarified the process behind election of the PCB Chairman.





    PakPassion.net: What message does the Sharjeel Khan verdict in the spot-fixing case send to the world?

    Najam Sethi: I think the message is very clear. When we say we have solid evidence against someone who is accused of corruption, we mean it. We will and did not let go once we had that belief. We are continuing to work with all stakeholders to uproot any corruption or even a scent of corruption to ensure that our cricket is not tainted by any such matter.


    PakPassion.net: Looking back to the events of February 2017, would you say that you were shocked when the allegations of spot-fixing came to light?

    Najam Sethi: During the first edition of the PSL, the thought that something like this could ever happen didnít cross my mind at all and there wasnít even an inkling that this was a possibility. Of course, my security team were on top of things but it didnít occur to us that this could happen and thank God, nothing like this did transpire in PSL 2016.

    When the second edition of the PSL came along, we did have some prior indication that such corruption could happen and so we were technically and mentally prepared for such an eventuality. However, to be totally honest, I did not expect that such an issue would come to light in only the first match of the tournament. Literally within 48 hours of the start of 2017 PSL, we were faced with this situation which was shocking. But when it did happen, the evidence that I saw was sufficient to convince me that what we suspected was true. As we can see, the charges against Sharjeel Khan have all been proven and the punishments meted out. We will review the judgement in detail and if we think that they are lenient, we will seek stiffer sentences. In our view, the minimum sentence is five years which is also what is prescribed by the ICC. In this case, the sentence is two and a half years ban and the rest is suspended but we will review this and decide if we would like to challenge this decision and get the suspension removed.


    PakPassion.net: Does Pakistan cricket need to rebuild its reputation once again, as the world may feel that players have not learnt lessons from the 2010 spot-fixing scandal?

    Najam Sethi: I believe the world has seen how serious we are in dealing with this issue and to be frank, this is all water under the bridge now and everyone has moved on. If you look back to 2010, there were some big and established stars involved and there involvement, therefore, was considered a serious issue. Now the emphasis has changed and the loss of big stars is not an issue because we have none. We are in the middle of a phase where we are creating a new team and there are no big stars. We are bringing in fresh blood and if we donít set the right standards for these youngsters, then it will spell trouble for us in the future. So in the meantime, we will continue with our policy of zero tolerance and continue to investigate and punish any transgressors with full force which will demonstrate our resolve.


    PakPassion.net: What is the status of the farewell ceremony for Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afidi?

    Najam Sethi: Firstly, there will be no farewell match held for any of these players. There cannot be farewell matches for players who retire and this is the case around the world. Yes, you can have a benefit match but you cannot have an international game after you have retired. We will hold a farewell event for Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan on 14th September. A lot of people will be in attendance and apart from formal words and commemorative shields, we will also thank the three players for the great services rendered to the nation. It is also our hope that people like Afridi will work closely with the PCB to improve the quality of cricket in this country. We will certainly be offering them such positions with the PCB for their consideration.


    PakPassion.net: Have all three players agreed to attend this farewell ceremony?

    Najam Sethi: I spoke to Shahid in London recently and he said that he would attend this ceremony. In addition, Misbah-ul-Haq has also agreed to attend and Younis Khan, whilst saying that he would love to be present on that day, asked for some time to consider the offer as he may have some pre-arranged commitments on that day.


    PakPassion.net: Whatís the update on the legal proceedings against the BCCI about the failure to honour the MOU?

    Najam Sethi: There has been excellent progress on this matter. We held three meetings in the past few months with the BCCI to address the issue but all three meetings were inconclusive with the BCCI sticking to the position that the government of India did not allow the bilateral series to proceed. The matter is now with the ICCís disputes resolution committee. Now the situation is that I will be travelling to London to record my statement on this case with our lawyers and we will proceed from there.


    PakPassion.net: Will the overseas players participating in the PSL have to play matches in Pakistan or will it be optional for them?

    Najam Sethi: All players, regardless of nationality, will have to play PSL games in Pakistan if they are held there. The contracts will clearly state the number of matches to be played in Pakistan and the players will sign these contracts. Of course, all games to be played in Pakistan will be subject to satisfactory security conditions but then, to be clear, even Pakistan players will not play at home if security is an issue. So, there will be no issue of PSL games being played in Pakistan without overseas players.


    PakPassion.net: What are the plans for more teams after Multan in future editions of the PSL?

    Najam Sethi: There is no plan to include another new team for 2019 and it will only be possible to consider an addition to the list from 2020 onwards.


    PakPassion.net: Has there been progress on the finalization of the Sri Lanka and West Indies tours of Pakistan in terms of schedules?

    Najam Sethi: The Sri Lanka schedule has already been laid down for the bilateral series to be played in the UAE. So, all that will happen is that the three Twenty20 games will shift to Pakistan but the dates will remain the same. So that isnít too complicated and has already been decided. The West Indies have made a firm commitment to play in Pakistan and there is no doubt about that. We will provide the final dates for this series at the appropriate time.


    PakPassion.net: Pakistan seems to have turned a new leaf with their victory in the Champions Trophy victory. Do you think they can win the 2019 World Cup?

    Najam Sethi: Mickey Arthurís goal, as he has explained to me, is that he is building a team for the future that can participate in tournaments and win them as well. What that means is that we have to set the standards now that are needed to achieve this goal. There may be ups and downs along the way but that is our ultimate goal. So that is our target and we shall be working hard to put up a good performance in the 2019 World Cup.


    PakPassion.net: Is there a danger that Pakistan playersí participation in future editions of the Natwest T20 Blast or the CPL will be jeopardized by PCBís last-minute changing of domestic tournament schedules?

    Najam Sethi: Let me state that the players are well aware of what is expected of them. Their contracts with the PCB clearly state that if a domestic tournament is organized then they have to come back and play in it. All the NOCs issued to players are subject to this condition and that is also the world practice. No domestic tournament should suffer because players have been allowed to play leagues around the world. We all know this so it should not be a surprise to anyone. We are following the same practice. What has happened here is that the CPL NOCs were given with the domestic tournament in mind. When the date for that tournament was shifted due to security and various other reasons, Mickey Arthur came up with an idea to work on fitness tests for the players before the World XI visit. The players came over for about 4 days and some of the players went back to finish-up with their overseas commitments. So, there is no issue there. We had a good discussion with the CPL and all others and everyone is happy with the outcome. So, in summary, the players are satisfied as is the CPL and the West Indies board as well.


    PakPassion.net: Are any changes expected to the manner in which PCB appoints the Chairman or decides on policy matters?

    Najam Sethi: I believe that there is a big misunderstanding about this whole issue. If you read the constitution of the PCB, you will note that the PCB Chairman is not nominated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The constitution of this organization was approved by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and it calls for the PCB Chairman to be selected from a group of 10 persons who constitute the Board of Governors (BoG). Four of these elected members are from the regions, four from the departments and two are nominated by the Patron-in-Chief of the PCB. Any one of these 10 persons can be elected as the Chairman of the PCB provided he has the requisite number of votes. This is enshrined in the constitution and the Prime Minister has no influence on this process. The constitution was written by two judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and I see nothing wrong with it. Furthermore, the constitution has been approved by the same authority as well.

    What people need to understand is that the Patron-in-Chief has to have a minimal role in such an organisation so as to stop any malpractices. The ICC have accepted this constitution and itís the best constitution we have had in a long time. Before this, one man could come and control everything. Now we have 10 members in the BoG which has such strong personalities like the CEOs of Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, SSGC, WAPDA; none of them are pushovers and along with other regional heads, they are tasked in formulating the policy for the organisation. The Chairman of the PCB is simply tasked with execution of this policy.


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    He is rushing it. Needs to calm down. If it isn't safe, then don't risk it.

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    My impression of the new chairman is of a person who is pretty much upfront with whatever he is planning to do. No dithering when I spoke to him and extraneous information.

    If he can control the PCB's expenses and also make sure that the staff are delivering what he is planning to do then we have a great few years ahead of us.


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    Decent interview, with the exception of his response here:



    PakPassion.net: Is there a danger that Pakistan players’ participation in future editions of the Natwest T20 Blast or the CPL will be jeopardized by PCB’s last-minute changing of domestic tournament schedules?

    Najam Sethi: Let me state that the players are well aware of what is expected of them. Their contracts with the PCB clearly state that if a domestic tournament is organized then they have to come back and play in it. All the NOCs issued to players are subject to this condition and that is also the world practice. No domestic tournament should suffer because players have been allowed to play leagues around the world. We all know this so it should not be a surprise to anyone. We are following the same practice. What has happened here is that the CPL NOCs were given with the domestic tournament in mind. When the date for that tournament was shifted due to security and various other reasons, Mickey Arthur came up with an idea to work on fitness tests for the players before the World XI visit. The players came over for about 4 days and some of the players went back to finish-up with their overseas commitments. So, there is no issue there. We had a good discussion with the CPL and all others and everyone is happy with the outcome. So, in summary, the players are satisfied as is the CPL and the West Indies board as well.
    He completely avoided the issue- last minute scheduling has to be removed from the PCB's culture.

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    Had Prior Indication That Corruption Might Take Place in PSL 2: PCB President Najam Sethi

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Najam Sethi has said that prior to the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), they did have the indication that corruption might take place in the league.

    The Pakistan cricket was marred by the menace of fixing after allegations of spot fixing in the first match of the PSL Season 2 between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi in Dubai in February.

    In an exclusive conversation with pakpassion.net, Sethi said, “When the second edition of the PSL came along, we did have some prior indication that such corruption could happen and so we were technically and mentally prepared for such an eventuality.”

    “However, to be totally honest, I did not expect that such an issue would come to light in only the first match of the tournament. Literally within 48 hours of the start of 2017 PSL, we were faced with this situation which was shocking. But when it did happen, the evidence that I saw was sufficient to convince me that what we suspected was true,” he added.

    Left-handed batsman Sharjeel Khan, who scored a single off four deliveries including two dot balls during that match, was recently banned for a period of five years by the PCB Anti-Corruption Unit in connection with PSL spot-fixing case.

    Sharjeel was facing five major charges of breaches of the PCB’s anti-corruption code and was found guilty for all five.

    “As we can see, the charges against Sharjeel Khan have all been proven and the punishments meted out. We will review the judgement in detail and if we think that they are lenient, we will seek stiffer sentences,” Sethi said.

    Sharjeel, Khalid Latif and Shahzaib Hasan are facing charges for a number of breaches of the anti-corruption code of the PCB while playing for their respective teams in the PSL.

    Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Nawaz, who were also accused, have already received their punishments and have been suspended for failing to report offers to fix.

    Nasir Jamshed is other player involved in the scandal.

    http://www.india.com/sports/had-prio...sethi-2446159/

    http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-268857.html

    http://www.abplive.in/sports/had-pri...cle&rs_index=1

    http://www.catchnews.com/cricket-new...thi-79979.html

    http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/p...m-sethi-638848

    http://www.business-standard.com/art...0300320_1.html

    http://www.indiatvnews.com/sports/cr...m-sethi-399612


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    Najam Sethi is a great person who is upfront about everything. I met him about 6 years ago when I was in Lahore. It's gonna be a great time ahead for Pakistan Cricket.

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    No questions on our domestic cricket that needs the most attention?

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    He seems far more competent than others, but that's not much of a standard at all.

    Let's see how things go in the coming year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fantasy View Post
    No questions on our domestic cricket that needs the most attention?
    We had limited time and addressed the issues which are current.


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    The players will consult with the ICC and FICA and their own country's players organisation. If they say it's safe to play PSL matches in Pakistan then they will play in Pakistan.

    The players will not play in Pakistan or sign contracts to play in Pakistan just because the PSL management is putting pressure on them.



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    The World XI matches haven't even happened, and he is making bold statements.

    I hope to God that it all goes by without incident and teams tour Pakistan.

    But this is brainlessly rushed.
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    Think momentum firmly in Pakistan's favour here.


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    I would like to see Tigers tour if VVVIP security is given.

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    Najam Sethi is a man of action. He doesn't beat about the bush. He walks the talk. His interviews are very upfront and he takes his critics head on.

    He has already surpassed all the previous PCB chairmans already in terms of achievements. He should be given a few more years to execute his plans and vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    Najam Sethi is a man of action. He doesn't beat about the bush. He walks the talk. His interviews are very upfront and he takes his critics head on.

    He has already surpassed all the previous PCB chairmans already in terms of achievements. He should be given a few more years to execute his plans and vision.
    Even if Imran khan wins the next election, he shouldn't remove him and let him do his work. He is getting stuff done, first PSL and now international cricket back in Pakistan.

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    No way to enforce it. Players are payed per match based on availability to be picked for the squad on that particular day. If they choose to skip the Pakistani leg of the PSL, they will just lose money on those matches.

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    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to pursue compensation claim case against the BCCI with the 'Disputes Resolution Committee' of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

    PCB Chairman, Najam Sethi is in the UK meeting with the British legal firm for advise.

    PCB's chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmad has also flown to London for the same purpose.

    According to Sethi, the PCB's board of governors has approved an amount of over $1 million to cover the expenses and legal costs of filing and fighting the case before the ICC disputes resolution committee.

    "The claim will be formally filed with the ICC any day now as the PCB has been told it has very good chances of winning the compensation claim against the BCCI," a PCB official told PTI.

    The PCB is seeking compensation from the BCCI for not honouring a MOU signed between the two boards in 2014 under which the two countries were to play six bilateral series from 2015 to 2023.

    "PCB is confident of success because since 2015 it has offered the BCCI to even play at neutral venues if their government is not interested in sending the team to Pakistan or inviting Pakistan team India for security reasons," the official said.

    The BCCI has maintained it can't play any bilateral matches against Pakistan without the clearance of its government.

    http://www.firstpost.com/firstcricke...t-4070155.html
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    Some rumblings from WI and SL players about playing in Pakistan so big test for Sethi coming up soon.


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    Guess time to test this statement.

    Are we saying that all the foreign players drafted today will come to Pakistan if their team qualifies? Micth Johnson included?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Guess time to test this statement.

    Are we saying that all the foreign players drafted today will come to Pakistan if their team qualifies? Micth Johnson included?
    According to cricinfo the players that didnít agree to play in Pakistan were selected in the supplementary rounds.

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    cant see Multi-Millionaires like Johnson and KP bothering to go unless they have altruistic motives like Faf, doesn't seem likely


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    Quote Originally Posted by j_kazmi View Post
    According to cricinfo the players that didn’t agree to play in Pakistan were selected in the supplementary rounds.
    As per Sethi, there are no separate clauses in contracts for players in different rounds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    As per Sethi, there are no separate clauses in contracts for players in different rounds.
    Could be true but I’ll try to dig up the quote from cricinfo to check it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Guess time to test this statement.

    Are we saying that all the foreign players drafted today will come to Pakistan if their team qualifies? Micth Johnson included?
    Hales and Morgan were picked up who wouldn't go to Bangladesh so there's no chance they'd be going to Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HitWicket View Post
    Hales and Morgan were picked up who wouldn't go to Bangladesh so there's no chance they'd be going to Pakistan.
    All such players are in supplementary round
    the ones in main rounds are picked for all matches

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    Good chairman, but need to stop giving out statement that he knows will not be true due sole reason he canít force any player to play in Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_kazmi View Post
    Could be true but I’ll try to dig up the quote from cricinfo to check it.
    Dont worry about other sites. He said what he said to us - its very clear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Dont worry about other sites. He said what he said to us - its very clear.
    He did say that PSL contracts will include clause to play in Pakistan.Didnt he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    He did say that PSL contracts will include clause to play in Pakistan.Didnt he?
    Yes nothing about supplementary etc


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