Islamabad High Court reinstates Zaka Ashraf as PCB Chairman

Published: May 17, 2014
Ashraf will replace Najam Sethi as the PCB’s chairman. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Ashraf will replace Najam Sethi as the PCB’s chairman. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continues to occupy space in national courts, as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reinstated Zaka Ashraf as the chairman of the body. Justice Noor Ul Haq termed Ashraf’s removal last January illegal, besides questioning the formation of the management committee that worked in Sethi’s chairmanship.

Besides reinstating Ashraf the court has also reinstated 38 employees who were recently sacked by the PCB.

The new move is once again set to send jitters in the board and the cricket team, the appointment of Waqar Younis (head coach), Moin Khan as the chief selector and manager and the coaching panel including Mushtaq Ahmed and Grant Flower who were set to work with Younis might no longer remain a part of the team management.

The chairman musical chairs has severely affected the board and their plans, since May 2013 Ashraf has been sacked twice and reinstated twice, while Sethi has also been brought in and out of office twice.

No PCB official was available for a comment on the latest development; on the other hand Ashraf welcomed the decision by the court.

“We will continue to take the decisions that favour Pakistan cricket; I am going to take charge of the board and will do the needful for improving our system”.

Meanwhile PCB had made public and internal audit last week which reported glaring mismanagement of funds by Ashraf in his earlier tenures, Ashraf though rubbished the claims and stated that all measures were taken in accordance with the rules and regulations of the board and he dint not indulge in any lavish spending.


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  • Muhammad Asif
    May 17, 2014 - 5:41PM

    Great News. By By Sparrow baba


  • salman
    May 17, 2014 - 5:43PM

    LMAO. This is getting hilarious


  • Bilal A
    May 17, 2014 - 5:44PM

    HAHAHAHA This sounds like a good show now. amazing news. Welcome back Zaka sahab.. bye bye 35 Puncture.


  • faisal
    May 17, 2014 - 5:47PM

    I don’t know how low Mr. Nawaz Sharif wants to go for rewarding Mr. Najam Sethi. Chairman PEMRA, chairman PCB, Chairman NADRA, everybody fired on wishes of Mugl e Azam. This is the democracy we keep on fooling the nation about every second day. It’d be shame to call this a democracy. Mr. Sharif considers himself to be the Mugl e Azam, not an answerable democratically elected ‘wazir e azam.


  • Jibran
    May 17, 2014 - 5:47PM

    Court should recover all the expenses made by Sethi during his illegal tenure.


  • Sehr Siddiqui
    May 17, 2014 - 5:54PM

    I wonder how these courts make decisions. They only cause confusion among people and cost huge losses ultimately to the poor people of Pakistan. Our courts have made PCB a musical chair. By the way has our SC made up its mind about Justice Dogar and the legality of his tenure and decisions.


  • Truth Detector
    May 17, 2014 - 6:10PM

    Need another emergency puncture.


  • Sarah
    May 17, 2014 - 6:11PM

    Sethi sahib now even if u have a minute moral authority left, please don’t come near to the PCB Chairmanship any more.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 17, 2014 - 6:18PM

    Islamabad High Court is not the highest court of the land. For you information, that is supreme Court. Zaka will never get to the cricket board office.


  • Muhammad Adnan Haider
    May 17, 2014 - 6:33PM

    ” 35 penchurs ” tube has burst one again. Mughl-e-Azam sahab try changing your approach to settle the issues, don’t pretend to be so dumb, you know you came with the stolen mandate and now things are getting out of your hands, it will be in your favour rather in great favour of democracy in Pakistan to do the detailed investigation on 4 constituencies and punish the culprits else you’ll be sent to Jeddah once again.


  • Sheikh Tahseen
    May 17, 2014 - 6:35PM

    Mr. Sehti for god sake, pls leave PCB and forget it. Please , Let the cricket go without politics in Pakistan. We do not need any chirya in PCB.


  • Baba Ji
    May 17, 2014 - 6:37PM

    What a “tamasha” !!!!


  • Sheikh Tahseen
    May 17, 2014 - 6:38PM

    @Sehr Siddiqui:

    The court is not playing musical chair game rather than provding justice. Why do not yoy ask same question to Mr.PM


  • Kaleem
    May 17, 2014 - 6:39PM

    We are strange! We wants to eradicate corruption but we feel joyous for restoration of someone who has allegedly took millions away from national exchequer. If it were civilized society, he’d have rather cleared himself first or challenged this audit report in court. It seems people are happy, not in love of Ashraf but in hate of Najam Sethi.


  • Ahmed
    May 17, 2014 - 6:53PM

    I am not a legal person but WHY can’t these courts decide once and for all? I mean calling back one person and sacking them again only to call them back again? What procedures are they following? Does it happen anywhere else? They have made Pakistan a laughing stock if we weren’t already!

    Only to cause further harm to Pakistan just like they do with all other legal affairs!

    Is there anything positive in this country? Anything?


  • Haider
    May 17, 2014 - 6:53PM

    Bye bye 35 puncture. Mr Sethi, please ask Nawaz Sharif for some other gift.


  • Pakistanist
    May 17, 2014 - 6:56PM

    Mehfil e Jaana ho , muqtal ho ya mai-khaana ho Faraz ,
    Jis jagah ja’ay bana lete hain hum apni jagah …..


  • Amjad Nawab
    May 17, 2014 - 7:01PM

    Audit. Thats the magic spell which makes Tariq Maliks and Zaka Ashrafs leave.


  • Patriot.N
    May 17, 2014 - 7:20PM

    It is about time the supreme court dismisses the illegal government of PMLN with now proven charges of massive rigging. Let there be rule of Law in Pakistan and not rule of the powerful and the corrupt.


  • observer
    May 17, 2014 - 7:27PM

    very interesting match… one NS….out….waiting for another NS to go…


  • Shahid
    May 17, 2014 - 7:41PM

    What a joke! same court sacking and re instating the same man yet again. will the prime minister as patron in chief of PCB override the court decisuon again?

  • Abdullah
    May 17, 2014 - 7:43PM

    Sharif’s are the worst politicians in Pakistan’s History.
    They are politicizing everything. Eradicate them from Pakistan to save cricket.


  • May 17, 2014 - 7:50PM

    Judiciary should not interfere with the executive, Govt has the mandate and they should be free to appoint the people of their own choice to deliver on their promises


  • Al Kemal
    May 17, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Well played IHC; it’s imperative for honorable courts to promptly intervene and nolify wrong actions of government.


  • Ih
    May 17, 2014 - 8:17PM

    “Here we go again” theater of,,,,, is in session


  • Imran
    May 17, 2014 - 9:18PM

    Good riddance!


  • Mohammed
    May 17, 2014 - 9:50PM

    The first condition for the chairman of the PCB should be that he has played at least 1st class cricket and the winner should be elected by democratic election.


  • Asad
    May 17, 2014 - 10:08PM

    Funny how Sethi’s Chirya did not give him a heads up on this one…


  • A J KHAN
    May 17, 2014 - 10:13PM

    Another wicket of Geo is down.


  • yasir
    May 17, 2014 - 10:27PM

    Pakistan courts always wants to stay in breaking news. Its total discretion of prime minister to appoint appropriate person as chairman pcb. both are inappropriate persons anyways


  • Farhan Khan
    May 17, 2014 - 11:07PM

    Not good for the developments of Pakistan Cricket at the present scenario, it is like a ping pong game playing with the nation to fool them, where every body taking his own turn to play a shot when he finds the ball at his court.

    They can’t realize the fact that, too much rotation policy from top management to the bottom may not only harm the over all image of Pakistan, especially for the PM’s on his leadership role, still confused to take better decisions & on time, PM, who is also the Patron’ PCB, Pakistan Cricket Board & also to many dignified officials as such.

    But this uncertainty cause may also loosing the image of the country to deal with both as internationally or locally to be a part of it; No body would like to be a part of that organization or to deal with, where there is no element of security, retention or authentication, be the major concerns!


  • Blunt
    May 17, 2014 - 11:26PM

    The pantees puncture himself has already got sattar punctures.
    Don’t know how much more he still needs to spare the PCB.


  • NYC
    May 17, 2014 - 11:29PM

    He thought he could rig the elections and God would let him live a comfortable life? Sethi was in a dream…A false dream, that is.


  • Merchant
    May 17, 2014 - 11:40PM

    Whenever I see Najam Sethi talking I think of him as a clever spin doctor and a very wicked person. He knows how to make a fool put of ordinary people by his double meaning phrases. He will destroy any institution he works for, just for the sake to achieve his own selfish goals. PCB is better off without him.


  • Sam
    May 18, 2014 - 12:07AM

    ICC made it clear that all member board should have no interference from govt. and this govt is even more retarded then previous one. I hope ICC ban Pakistan, we have no moral values at any level and dont deserve anything but a kick in the butt for being a failed nation.

    A sorry Pakistani


  • salman
    May 18, 2014 - 1:32AM

    Another slap on PMLN supporters


  • Hussain Turi
    May 18, 2014 - 2:43AM

    Musical chair!!! Lol. In out in out, that’s why players do the same in out in out…


  • Safdar
    May 19, 2014 - 10:39PM

    Supreme Court should refuse to take up the case. Sethi already got the verdict twice against him. He should not be allowed to waste the time of the courts. And if it does listen to him, his case should not get preference over thousands of existingly pending cases. Give him a hearing date of 10 years from today. Court should also give verdict against Mian brothers. This is just because of them. Infact Najam Sethi has been rewarded for correcting 35 punctures.


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