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Najam Sethi, the head of the Pakistan Cricket
Board s executive committee, is likely to become
the ICC s interim president, filling a post left vacant
by Mustafa Kamal s resignation earlier this month.
It is understood that Sethi, who is currently in
Dubai ahead of the ICC meeting, is a favourite to
Sethi, who is also the former chairman of the PCB,
was slated to take over from Kamal as the ICC pres-
ident for a period of 12 months from July 1. However,
he had expressed a willingness to take the role for
an interim period before formally taking charge in
Kamal s resignation from a largely ceremonial posi-
tion came after a public falling out with the ICC
stemming from the India-Bangladesh quarterfinal
at the World Cup, when he had strongly criticised
the umpires --- even questioning their motives ---
over a dubious no-ball call that went against
Bangladesh. Kamal had also protested after he was
passed over for the duty of handing out the trophy
to the World Cup winners, a decision he said went
against his right as ICC president.
According to the ICC s rules, the BCB had the
option of nominating a replacement for Kamal, who
is a former president of the Bangladesh board. On
April 5, BCB president Nazmul Hassan said the board
was still undecided over a replacement.
"We discussed the matter in our meeting today.
I haven t seen anyone showing interest," Hassan said
at the time. "The person whom we nominate ulti-
mately has to give a ten-minute speech in one meet-
ing. We haven t selected anyone but we still have a
bit of time to make our mind. We will also look into
the ICC s constitution to find out what could be
Najam Sethi had expressed a willingness to take the
role of ICC president for an interim period before his
formal appointment in July.
RIO DE JANEIRO---An operation to
remove squatters from a building planned
as a hotel for the 2016 Olympic games
erupted into chaos yesterday as Brazilian
police stormed in and squatters set the
The more than 100 squatters had agreed
to leave of their own accord but as they
filed out of the imposing former apartment
building, police in riot gear charged, sparking
pandemonium. Squatters set two fires inside
the building, and firefighters battled flames
as police chased some of the squatters and
their supporters through the streets.
"It didn t have to end this way; they were
already leaving," said Joao Helvecio de Car-
valho, an attorney with the state public
defender s office. "The police s use of force
was disproportional ... They didn t need to
act in that way."
The occupation normally might have gone
largely unnoticed in a city where an over-
heated housing market has effectively priced
many of the poorest residents out of their
homes. But it attracted attention because
the building, owned by popular Rio soccer
club Flamengo, was leased a few years ago
by Brazil s then-richest man, Eike Batista.
The flamboyant magnate, who at his peak
hit No 7 on the Forbes millionaires list, said
he intended to turn it into a luxury hotel
ahead of the Olympics.
The squatters insisted they never intended
to remain in the building, but invaded in
hopes of pressuring City Hall into providing
affordable housing. (AP)
Brazil police oust squatters
from would-be Olympic hotel
to take over
LAUSANNE---Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger will
face a hearing on doping allegations at the Court
of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in June.
CAS says it has set June 10 to hear appeals by the
International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping
Agency against a decision to clear Kreuziger of blood
The Czech Olympic Committee ruled last Sep-
tember that abnormalities in Kreuziger s biological
passport dating to 2011-12 did not break any limits.
Kreuziger denies wrongdoing and has never tested
The Tinkoff-Saxo team dropped him from its Tour
de France team last year during the investigation.
Kreuziger is free to race until the court s verdict. (AP)
CAS sets date for
Kreuziger doping case
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