Zaka Ashraf likely to make changes in PCB

Choudhary Zaka Ashraf took charge of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday

Lahore: Oct 30, 2011

Heads might roll in the Pakistan Cricket Board after Zaka Ashraf assumed charge as the new chairman. Well-placed sources said there were clear indications that Zaka would not only be firing some senior officials but also making placement changes.

“There is a big chance that he will have a new chief operating officer while the existing CCO, Subhan Ahmad will be entrusted the task of heading the international wing of the board as the new Chairman is keen to start lobbying to bring back international cricket to Pakistan,” a source said.

He said the new chairman wanted the international wing to function effectively and productively and was expected to give this responsibility to Subhan due to his experience of dealing with the ICC and other boards.

“Former Test players, Saleem Altaf and Majid Khan are in the run to be given the job of COO although former test captain, Zaheer Abbas is making serious efforts to get the coveted post,” another source said.

He said Zaka personally was more inclined towards having either Altaf who served as COO under former chairmen, Naseem Ashraf and Ijaz Butt or Majid as his deputy.

“Zaheer has been using his contacts in Bilawal house to convince President Asif Zardari who is also chief patron of the board to give him the job of COO,” the source added.

The source also confirmed that former Test captain, Intikhab Alam who held several positions including that of manager and coach under Butt and is presently head of the national cricket academy was expected to get the axe.

“Intikhab will go because Zaka Ashraf believes there is need to induct fresh blood into the administration of the national cricket academy and he also believes that Intiab has served his time with Pakistan cricket,” the source disclosed. (PTI)