LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Friday directed federal government to submit reply on a petition questioning appointment of Najam Sethi as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah issued the order on petition moved by a lawyer-petitioner Nasir Iqbal. The petitioner argued that Sethi was made the PCB chairman in violation of the PCB laws.

He pointed out that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had nominated Sethi and Arif Ejaz to the PCB’s Board of Governors on July 9 for a three-year term with effect from August 6. He said the respondent had been nominated before the expiry of incumbent PCB Chairman Sheharyar Khan. He submitted that Sharif who nominated him was disqualified by the Supreme Court and, thus, the nomination of Sethi and Arif had lost legitimacy.

He implored the court to declare the nomination as illegal and unlawful. On August 6, Sethi was nominated as PCB’s 30th chairman at the National Cricket Academy, Lahore. The hearing adjourned for four weeks.