A look at prominent achievements of Najam Sethi in PCB

Sethi announced hosting the first-ever PSL final in Lahore in 2017

By Web Desk
December 21, 2022
Najam Sethi - PCB

A storm of change is about to hit the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is considered one of the most important institutions in the country. 

In-power government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN), under Prime Minister ship of Shehbaz Sharif, has approved the re-appointment of Najam Sethi as PCB chairmanGeo News reported on Wednesday, citing sources. 

It means, former cricketer Ramiz Raja, who was appointed PCB's boss back in September 2021 by then PM Imran Khan, will have to leave the office anytime soon. 

Meanwhile, here at GeoSuper.tv, we look at the prominent achievements of Sethi in PCB;

Revival of international cricket

PSL final

After playing an important role in setting up Pakistan's first-ever franchise league - Pakistan Super League (PSL), Sethi raced his efforts to revive international cricket in Pakistan. 

In just the second edition of the PSL, Sethi announced hosting the final in Lahore. The statement seemed impossible at that time due to one or another reason but determined Sethi proved to be a ray of sunshine for millions of cricket-starved fans in the country. 

Despite some prominent international stars opting out from the final contest in Lahore on March 5, Sethi went with his plan to resume international-standard cricket in the country. 

Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators met in the first-ever PSL final in it's home country. Dawid Malan (England), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Daren Sammy (West Indies), Chris Jordan (West Indies), Morne van Wyk (South Africa), Anamul Haque (Bangladesh), Sean Ervine (Zimbabwe), Rayad Emrit (West Indies) featured in that final. 

ICC World XI tour

Later on in the same year, after being appointed as PCB chairman on 10 August 2017, Sethi brought ICC World XI to Lahore. The star-studded team played three T20Is against Pakistan. 

The likes of Faf Du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David Miller, Imran Tahir (South Africa), Tim Paine and Ben Cutting (Australia), Grant Elliott (New Zealand) and Sammy (West Indies) were part of the ICC World XI. 

Appointment of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mickey Arthur leads to CT17 triumph

Sethi, alongside then PCB chairman Shehryar Khan, played an important role in bringing Sarfaraz as captain and Mickey Arthur as head coach. They both together built a strong team who won their first-ever ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.