Lahore - Former Pakistan cricket chief Najam Sethi on Monday withdrew as sole
nominee for the presidency of the game's world governing body, calling
for a top former player to take his place.
Sethi, who quit as
chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last year after a long
series of court battles in a power struggle with his predecessor, had
been nominated for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC)
The ICC was due to consider Sethi's nomination in their
board meeting in Barbados later this month and he would have taken
charge for one year from July 1.
But Sethi said the ICC's recent
announcement that the president's post will only be open to leading
former players from July 2016 prompted him to take the decision.
"I have withdrawn my candidature," Sethi said.
the ICC announcement... I have increasingly felt that it is only
fitting that this rule should be implemented straightaway so that one of
Pakistan's great iconic cricketers should be so honoured."
post of ICC president has become largely ceremonial after the body
passed reforms last year which made the chairman the head of the
The role now rotates among member countries who
nominate people for the post. Sethi had been due to take over from
Bangladesh's Mustafa Kamal, who had a bitter falling out with the ICC in
Kamal levelled serious allegations against the umpires in
Bangladesh's quarter-final defeat against India in the World Cup,
co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, accusing them of bias towards
India and he resigned in protest in April. The post has remained vacant
as Bangladesh did not nominate a replacement.
The PCB said it will nominate another candidate in due course.
Former captains Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan and Asif Iqbal are seen as front runners for the nomination.