Lahore July 24, 2013: PCB has today decided in principle to file an Intra Court appeal against the Judgment of Islamabad High Court passed in Writ Petition No.2242/2013 titled Maj (R) Ahmad Nadeem Sadal v. Federation of Pakistan Etc. as perusal of the detailed Judgment received by PCB on 22-07-2013 reflects finding on such points of law and facts and administration which were neither part of the pleading, nor were argued by any party before the Court, and may potentially bring to standstill the day to day functioning of the PCB.
Today the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination, Government of Pakistan (IPC) has also filed an appeal against the said judgment of Islamabad High Court.
The Judgment of the Learned single Judge may result in gridlock for PCB in matters such as electoral college and criteria for selection committees, specifically team selection for the tours of Zimbabwe, Singapore and South Africa (Home series), all of which are before end October.
Furthermore, the PCB needs to conclude arrangements for media broadcasting agreements related to its cricketing itinerary of PCB which has expired and for which tenders are required to be floated on urgent basis, failing which PCB will suffer colossal monetary losses.
The judgment also raise concerns with regard to ICC guidelines on non-intervention of government in the administrative affairs of the PCB in so far a it directs the federal government to appoint a DMG officer as Secretary of PCB and the same may be argued against directing the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold the elections in PCB.
Also, the Acting Chairman appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan needs to effectively manage the affairs of PCB as noted above until election of a permanent Chairman, for which no clear direction has been given in the Judgment.
Therefore the PCB is left with no other option but to appeal the said Judgment.