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Zaka Ashraf hails decision to reinstate him as Pakistan Cricket Board chief

Zaka Ashraf said he will try to correct the wrong things in Pakistan cricket © Getty Images
Zaka Ashraf said he will try to correct the wrong things in Pakistan cricket © Getty Images

Islamabad: May 17, 2014

Zaka Ashraf has hailed the Islamabad High Court’s decision to reinstate him as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief on Saturday. Pakistani cricket turmoil deepened on Saturday after the High Court suspended a management committee appointed by the prime minister and reinstated Ashraf as chief of the PCB.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had sacked Ashraf on February 10 this year and appointed a committee chaired by Najam Sethi to oversee cricketing matters.

Saturday’s order meant all decisions taken by Sethi are now null and void — including the appointments of head coach Waqar Younis and Zimbabwean batting coach Grant Flower. It is the third time Ashraf has been reinstated since May last year.

Judge Noorul Haq Qureshi heard around 25 petitions from the employees of the PCB who were sacked by Sethi, and read out his decision in the court.

Ashraf’s lawyer Karim Kundi said the court decided to revert to the situation of February 10.

“The notification of February 10 has been struck down as null and void as it was illegal, and as natural consequences Ashraf and other board staff who were superseded by the order are reinstated,” Kundi told AFP.

Ashraf hailed Saturday’s decision.

“This is a win for Pakistan cricket,” Ashraf told Pakistani media. “I will try to correct the wrong things in Pakistan cricket and do whatever is good for Pakistan cricket.”

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