Zaka Ashraf becomes Pakistan's first elected cricket chief

By AFP
Published: May 8, 2013
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Ashraf has been PCB chairman since 2011, when he was appointed by President Asif Ali Zardari under the old system. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Ashraf has been PCB chairman since 2011, when he was appointed by President Asif Ali Zardari under the old system. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday became the country’s first elected head of the sport, winning a four-year term under a new constitution approved earlier this year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) directed all its members to run their boards democratically and without government interference, threatening sanctions for any board that did not meet its requirements by June 2013.

Ashraf, 60, has been PCB chairman since October 2011, when he was appointed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari under the old system. But the PCB’s governing board elected him back into the job under the new regulations, having presented the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a new constitution last month.

“Zaka Ashraf has taken over as the first elected chairman of the PCB who will serve his tenure of four years from today as prescribed in the PCB constitution,” the board said in a statement.

Alan Isaac, the ICC president, last month commended the PCB’s effort to reform.

Despite Ashraf’s election, the PCB is reportedly facing opposition from various associations and former PCB chiefs on the voting process.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • confused
    May 8, 2013 - 8:28PM

    When did his election even take place?

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  • A. Khan
    May 8, 2013 - 8:49PM

    @confused: There was only one candidate and only one voter. So a vote was cast, making it democratic and the will of the single individual currently residing in aiwan-e-sadar was the end result.

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  • Afaaq
    May 8, 2013 - 9:55PM

    This election was a farce. The Patron forwarded 2 names to the board to choose from. At most this was selection, not election.

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  • May 16, 2013 - 3:33AM

    “elected” :)

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