LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) acting chairman and election commissioner Justice (r) M Sair Ali has emphasized that he wants to conduct elections for the board chairman’s position within days and doesn’t want to prolong his stay in the board in his current role.

Sair was put in charge of the PCB as acting chairman on Monday and was directed by Prime Minister Mian M Nawaz Sharif, who is also PCB patron, to ensure that elections are held within 30 days.

Speaking to media persons here at Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday, he said: "I am not interested to continue as acting chairman of the board or even assert my unnecessary authority, whether I have it or not. The election is a matter of days and it won't take weeks. I have written to all the regions and department to mark their heads and be ready for the election process. In case any regional association is disputed, the election will go ahead without them."

He said that new constitution of the cricket board was approved on July 10, according to which, the new PCB chief would be elected from a 10-member Board of Governors (BoG) within four weeks.

He added that the PCB chairman would be elected for three-year tenure. “I will try my best to accomplish the task of election within days. I am here for a specific time period and will return after it. I assure you that will not overstep my powers,” he affirmed.

The PCB recently reworked its constitution, changing the structure of the governing board and making the appointment of the chairman more democratic. The Board of Governors was also resized to 10 members, comprising four regional representations (top four teams from the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy), four representatives of services organisations (top four department teams) and two members to be nominated by the patron in his discretion.

On Monday, senior journalist Najam Sethi, who has been at the helm of the PCB several times over the past year, and former board chairman, Shaharyar Khan, were nominated to the BoG and Ali said that he had written to the concerned departments and regions to name the remaining eight members. With Sethi having said that he will not contest the election, Shaharyar Khan is seen as a leading contender. Earlier on his arrival at the PCB headquarters, Justice Sair was warmly welcomed by the officials of the board.