Zaka Ashraf stopped working as PCB chief following court order

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended Zaka Ashraf as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) © AFP

Karachi: May 29, 2013

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf had stopped working as the PCB chief following the Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) order to suspend him.

As a result of the IHC order yesterday, the Board of Governors (BoG) decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting of PCB that Ashraf was to chair in Karachi as well as a scheduled Board of Governors meeting until further notice.

Ashraf confirmed that he had distanced himself from PCB affairs as the court has set the next date of hearing for June 13.

Interestingly, by June 13 a new government would also take oath and a new Prime Minister would be elected in Pakistan.

“The decision to postpone the meetings was taken by BoG members. I wasn’t a part of it due to the court order. Our legal experts will examine the case and decide the future course of action,” Ashraf said.

The legal advisor of PCB, Tafazzul Rizvi also flew down to Karachi to hold meetings with Ashraf and other board members to discuss the future course of action.

“We intend to defend the case and we will provide full facts to the honourable court in our reply and try to get a date for the hearing earlier than June 13,” said Rizvi.

Ashraf was also due to leave for England to watch Pakistan‘s matches in the Champions Trophy but the court order now bars him from working as chairman until June 13.

Ever since Ashraf was elected as chairman of PCB for a four-year term on May 9 in Islamabad under the new ICC-approved constitution of the board, many regional associations that were not a part of the electoral process objected to the appointment.

The representatives from Lahore, Karachi, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Multan, Abbottabad and Rawalpindi urged the suspended PCB chairman to resign.

“The new constitution is undemocratic,” said the head of Multan region, Mian Mohammad Munir.

“The election was flawed and it all happened under the so-called democratic constitution. There were many glitches in the constitution itself and our prime demand is to make amendments to it. Secondly, we want Ashraf out as the PCB chairman and then a re-election for the chairman’s post. We welcome the court’s order and will continue to fight against this election legally until we succeed.”