Home > News >

PCB chief Zaka Ashraf and IMC members try to bring PM Asif Zardari into confidence

PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf (in picture) has withheld all major decisions till his meeting with PM Asif Zardari
PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf (in picture) has withheld all major decisions till his meeting with PM Asif Zardari

Karachi: Jan 19, 2014

Zaka Ashraf, who has been reinstated as Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, and the members of Interim Management Committee (IMC) are running from pillar to post to get time with the Prime Minister, who is also patron in chief of the board.

While Ashraf told reporters in Lahore that he was hoping to get time from the Prime Minister on Monday or Tuesday, a reliable source aware of the developments in the board said that Najam Sethi, who headed the defunct IMC and one of its members, Zaheer Abbas had also asked for time from the PM’s secretariat.

“Both parties are trying to meet with Nawaz Sharif first so that they can get their viewpoint across to him,” the source told PTI.

Though a two-member divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court reinstated Ashraf after he was removed as Chairman of the board by another bench of the IHC last July, the source said both parties know eventually their future in the board will depend on what the Prime Minister wants to do.

“Ashraf knows that since he is a senior member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and was brought into the board by former President, Asif Zardari, he needs to get the support of the present Pakistan Muslim League government and the premier if he wants to stay on for the next four years in the board that is why he has asked for the meeting,” the source said.

On the other hand, Sethi and Zaheer are expected to meet with the Prime Minister earlier to apprise him of the cricket situation.

“Sethi was brought in as Chairman directly by the government as was the IMC, so they are hopeful they will get a sympathetic hearing from the Prime Minister,” the source added.

Analysts believe that Ashraf’s continuity in the board depends on the Prime Minister, who is a keen follower of the sport.

He is keen to carry on as Chairman and he has the advantage of having been restored by the IHC. He always has the option of approaching the court for redressal if the Prime Minister decides to use his powers as patron in chief and appoint an ad-hoc commitee which is allowed by the existing constitution.

A source in the board said this was the very reason Ashraf didn’t make any announcements about the new coach of the national team nor the chief selector after Saturday’s governing board meeting in Lahore.

“He also wants to take the premier into confidence before making the major announcements.”

Ashraf is also aware that his decision to release long serving legal advisor of the board, Tafazzul Rizvi from his contract immediately after resuming charge might not have gone down well with the government.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 87 runs

Photos

Australia vs South Africa, 3rd ODI at Canberra

Videos

SL vs Eng: Buttler practices wicketkeeping in nets

Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014, 2nd ODI at Chittagong: Highlights

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney: Highlights

Quinton de Kock’s century in vain as Australia register two wicket win over South Africa

Saeed Ajmal: 99 per cent bowlers will fail 15 degree test

Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque register second-highest opening partnership for Bangladesh in ODIs

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India New Zealand Pakistan South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Virat Kohli: I’m always focussed and very competitive

Cheteshwar Pujara: I’m well prepared for Australia tour

Ravi Shastri, Duncan Fletcher miss India’s first tour game in Australia

Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st tour game: Aussies fumble to 159/7 at tea

IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal: Supreme Court hearing on Mudgal panel to resume today

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Single-wicket cricket match between John Grange and James Sadler lasts three days

Bill Ashdown and Bert Wensley beat a team of 11 all by themselves

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014-15: Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey will get another chance to impress in final

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here