LAHORE -

The Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday allowed the regional adhoc committees appointed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to work till the election of regional cricket associations of Lahore, Sialkot, Abbottabad and Faisalabad are held.

The court also recalled its stay order against adhoc regional committees.

Justice Ijazul Ahsan passed the order while disposing of three petitions filed by Regional Cricket Association Faisalabad president M Anwar and others against appointment of adhoc committees.

As the proceedings started, PCB’s counsel Tuffazal Rizvi arguing the matter submitted that the term of office bearers of regional cricket associations of Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot has expired but despite it, they were still occupying the offices.

He said that the PCB received many complaints from the regions that the office bearers would not allow elections to be held. He said the PCB wanted to hold elections as per the constitution and it appointed adhoc committees for the purpose.

He pointed out that elections of Lahore and Sialkot region were scheduled to be held in last week of June whereas elections of Faisalabad region would be held after decision of a pending stay against it. The court after hearing the arguments allowed adhoc committees to work while disposing of the petitions.

The petitioners’ through their petitions submitted that the regional committees’ term expired on September 12, 2011 but the elections were not conducted.

However, the PCB chairman, through a notification dated May 9, 2013, appointed adhoc committees, he added. The counsel contended that the step taken by the chairman was illegal as he did not have authority for it. He pleaded the court to set aside the notification being illegal and unlawful. He also pleaded the court to suspend the notification till the final decision of the petition.