LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Monday stayed a district scrutiny committee constituted by the Pakistan Cricket Board to carry out scrutiny of district level cricket teams and issued a notice to the board to file reply.

Kashif Javed of Faisalabad had moved the petition challenging the scrutiny committee. The petitioner’s counsel said that district associations’ elections are held after scrutiny of local cricket clubs.  He said scrutiny is done every six years and there is a defined procedure for this, but the cricket board is doing security of district associations on the basis of personal likes and dislikes. The petitioner pointed out that the scrutiny committee consisted of favorites.

The petitioner stated that district level cricketers were required to play two tournaments a year to be eligible for selection and scrutiny. He asked the court to stop the scrutiny committee from carrying out the scrutiny process and declare it illegal.

After hearing arguments of the petitioner, Justice Ayesha A. Malik stopped the scrutiny committee from carrying out the scrutiny process and sought reply from the board.