The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has become little more than a running joke these days, and the Supreme Court’s decision to revert the government’s move to replace Najam Sethi with the retired Justice Jamshed Ali Shah as Chairman of the cricket board a day after his appointment makes this Mr. Sethi’s fourth time as Chairman of PCB in just seven months. The Supreme Court also declared the new constitution null and void due to the pending case of the validity of Mr. Sethi’s appointment as the head of PCB, which takes the election of a new Chairman off the table for now. To make this simple, Najam Sethi has been reappointed only because his original appointment might soon be declared unlawful.

Sethi is responsible for the recent deal struck with the ‘Big Three’, and his inclusion into the newly-formed Executive Committee of the ICC was seen by many as the reward for extending his support to make Narayanaswami Srinivasan the new Chairman of the international organization. The new constitution is PCB’s fourth since 1995, and stipulated that the new Chairman could only be appointed from within the Board of Governors, making Sethi eligible for a three year tenure even after his removal as Chairman. Zaka Ashraf is still claiming that the expenditure figures during his tenure were fabricated, and he deserved to be retained as Chairman PCB.

Pakistan’s cricket has suffered enormously over incidents such as the attack on the Sri Lankan team and the match fixing scandal in London. Over the past seven months, the government’s repeated interference in the affairs of the board has only further maligned the reputation of our cricket in the international arena. This constant dispute over who the Chairman is must halt with some dignity intact if the PCB is to remake its image in the ICC as an effective board with its priorities on track. Right now, it is only a laughing stock. Setting political disputes aside and getting on with the sport might be a good place to begin rebuilding that perception.