IHC stops Zaka Ashraf from working as PCB chariman

Published: May 28, 2013
Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf  PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Pakistan cricket chief Zaka Ashraf PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) restrained the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Muhammad Zaka Ashraf from working, on Tuesday.

The IHC decision was based on a petition filed by former coach of the Army cricket team, Major (Retd) Ahmed Nadeem who had challenged the appointment of Ashraf in the recent PCB elections.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui passed the restraining order and issued notices to the Secretary Sport board, Secretary Ministry of Inter Provincial and Chairman PCB to receive their comments in a week.

Advocate Muhammad Faiz Ahmed arguing for the petitioner said that the Board of Governors (BOG) was not properly constituted because Punjab is not represented. This made the BOG meeting on May 5 illegal.

Ahmed told the court that the respondents did not follow the proper procedure of elections therefore the appointment of Ashraf is illegal.

“It is based on mala fide intent and a pick and choose policy of respondents” he added.

He requested the court accept his petition and restrain the Chairman PCB from working. Ahmed also requested the court declare the nomination committee illegal and pass re-election orders.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Sajid Iqbal
    May 28, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Regardless of his political affiliation, I strongly believe this is a big blow to Pakistan cricket. All of his efforts to bring back Pakistani cricket from ashes are put into garbage. It cant get shameful than that. With a PMLN guy into this position, all I can see is greed for money both in players and management.


  • adnan
    May 28, 2013 - 2:52PM

    good decision.zaka very cleverly elected himself before elections.


  • Tahir Ali
    May 28, 2013 - 3:01PM

    He engineered the election to gte elected.
    Good decision.I hope now the appointment is on merit and a person with vision is appointed.


  • Sohaib
    May 28, 2013 - 3:02PM

    shame on Pakistan cricket. the world cricket is going where, we are unaware of it! no merit culture in Pakistan team has been observed after 1992. dollars, dollars and only dollars matter for PCB officials and players. on one can play in team without paying charges (illegal) for selection purpose. we should learn from India where players from all over the world come, play and enjoy. And we are leaving dirty politics in every field of life!!!!


  • Arshad
    May 28, 2013 - 3:17PM

    highly financial and political influnced position……..sabotaged pakistan cricket internationaly and shamfully…………


  • FP
    May 28, 2013 - 4:18PM

    ‘we should learn from India where players from all over the world come, play and enjoy’
    Are you serious? You want us to learn from biggest match fixers of the world where players, owners of franchises, chairman of BCCI and bollywood stars are making corruption in cricket.


  • Hasan Hasni
    May 28, 2013 - 4:35PM

    Hard to understand why court issued a interim order. He should have been remained as Chairman till the final decision. I think this is Judicial activism or pleasing someone


  • Imran
    May 28, 2013 - 4:51PM

    Very bad decision, for once Pak cricket was moving in the right direction. very bad decisions


  • Pakistan
    May 28, 2013 - 5:16PM

    He was sincere with Pakistan Cricket and making lots of efforts for getting back International Cricket to Pakistan. No matter how is selected the end result should be good.
    Those whor cricitsizing him what has he done wrong with Pakistan Cricket. He never used to travel with team on tours so how come he generating dollars.

    Very bad decision from LHC.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 28, 2013 - 5:23PM

    It’s shameful!
    People are getting killed daily. No electricity, no law & order but this political judiciary is busy in politics.
    We can see Zaka is doing a very good job but…


  • May 28, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Can anyone mention a single good thing he did to pakistan cricket ?


  • waseem sarwar
    May 28, 2013 - 5:28PM

    @Tahir Ali:
    offcourse “merit” is the key to this position as hamza shahbaz is quite intrested in this post.


  • Rashid Ali Siddiqui
    May 28, 2013 - 6:11PM

    Zaka Ashraf feeling insecure got himself elected three days before the general elections in the country through his hand-picked members of governing board. The process of election for next four year term seems to be dubious as his appointed two-member nomination committee, which nominated him for the post of chairman and governing board elected him. On the other hand, he dissolved regional associations and placed them under interim committee before their election for making the process transparent. Why he did not apply this principle on his own election. His second blunder was to keep main regions Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Sialkot etc away from his election process. Third mistake was the approval of new PCB constitution through same governing board, which later elected him. The governing board also consists of Naved Akram Cheema, Manager Pakistan team and also member WAPDA and chief selector Iqbal Qasim, who representing National Bank. Both gentlemen are also employees of PCB. How can an employee go against the wishes of his boss?


  • Bat Se Bat
    May 28, 2013 - 6:24PM

    This is obvious, had to happen, As PMLN will appint Hamza Shahbaz there, A very funny analysis of news is here PMLN to devise victory strategy for Pakistan Cricket Team


  • Zezu
    May 28, 2013 - 6:49PM

    Engineered his election and court took notice … what about the country’s election ???


  • May 28, 2013 - 8:35PM


    Apparently Chairman PCB’s election is more important than Pakistan’s General Elections!


  • Pakistani
    May 28, 2013 - 9:00PM

    Shame of Pakistani Courts


  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    May 28, 2013 - 9:29PM

    Totally biased verdict by IHC. The international body ICC accepted these elections so who are these most obedient servants of Raiwaind who do not agree with what other cricket playing countries has accepted. I think our court are overstepping. Please don’t drag this game into politics..Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 28, 2013 - 10:07PM

    Court in Pakistan have gone bizerk. In my view Zaka is the only PPP administrator who did work remarkably well at a professional level without playing favorites. I can understand may be they want to challenge his election but this absolutely most boned headed decision by a court when he is supposed to be giving his best to the team on an important tour in England.
    More things the more the remain the same. To expect a rational decision from a court is illogical. It is the same kind of bone hardheadedness about NAB director who has been made redundant hence no case will move forward for months on end….


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    May 28, 2013 - 11:11PM

    ………..Even then Maj:(r) Ahmed Nadeem will not be elected chairman PCB??


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