Crisis at PCB: Ashraf’s third term cut short in a day

Published: May 19, 2014
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Zaka Ashraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Zaka Ashraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: 

Zaka Ashraf’s comeback as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman for the third time has been cut short to a mere day as the body now stands dissolved after losing eight out of 10 Governing Board (GB) members.

Seven of the GB members had already completed their tenure earlier while Shakil Sheikh, who is Islamabad Regional Cricket Association (IRCA) president, resigned on Sunday, rocking Zaka’s boat.

With eight members out of the governing board, the PCB now stands dissolved and an ad-hoc set-up is likely to be imposed on Monday by the PCB Patron, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is likely to announce a new chairman.

Ashraf was restored as PCB chairman by Islamabad High Court after a decision from Jutice Noorul Haq Qureshi in favour of PPP politician on Saturday.

Meanwhile, it has been learnt that the three names which remain in contention for becoming PCB chairman are Sheheryar Khan, former Pakistan team manager Naved Akram Cheema and ex-chairman Sethi.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 19th, 2014.

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  • faisal
    May 19, 2014 - 8:31AM

    PEMRA, NADRA, PCB, how many institutions Mugl e Azam Nawaz Sharif wants to destroy? Foreign ministry too without any head? Is this democracy? I don’t think even PPP was such merciless at killing state’s institutes.

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  • Fawad
    May 19, 2014 - 8:48AM

    PCB and Cricket are suppose to be non political. PM shouldn’t have any say in it.

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  • Usman
    May 19, 2014 - 8:51AM

    Sethi will be given additional perks for his services to Nawaz Sharif as CM Punjab.

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  • uzair
    May 19, 2014 - 8:53AM

    Anyone got popcorn factory? I’m running out of pop corns as I watch this drama out fold.

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  • ih
    May 19, 2014 - 8:55AM

    Now that is an interesting development. Perhaps some semblance of sanity can be restored to PCB. Let,s get a good administrator lets give him powers to run the team. Then hold him accountable for performance or lack of it. Please get rid of patronage jobs . May be select players with eye on the future but not sacrificing present. Glory days old, are now a distant memory. Do not be delve on the past( unfortunate subcontinent muslim habit). Future can be wonderful.

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  • Shafaq
    May 19, 2014 - 9:08AM

    If i would have been Zaka Ashraf at this time; then i myself reject to be Chairman PCB. He will be respected more forever.

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  • Ozair
    May 19, 2014 - 9:10AM

    And the Musical chairs continue……………Govt is making a mockery out of PCB

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  • hmm
    May 19, 2014 - 9:28AM

    This is ridiculous, PM is so much involved in matters of a sports governing body as if there are no other important issues going on in our country. Pakistan will suffer greatly in upcoming world cup. Media needs to be outspoken to since one of their own is causing a hoopla for the sake of keeping his chairman seat. Sethi & NS, can you please spare us at least in sports!

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  • Zulfiqar
    May 19, 2014 - 9:32AM

    RIP Pakistan Cricket…… We are seriously a laughing stock for the whole world !

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  • Bewildered
    May 19, 2014 - 9:57AM

    Any decent self-respecting person would have resigned himself, if not for his own respect, then just to save the image of the country instead of making it a laughing stock of the world. Both these persons have shown how dear they keep the national dignity and how high they keep their personal interests in their priorities. In fact, all the responsibility of shaming nation directly goes to Nawaz Sharif, who is guilty of worst favoritism by installing a totally irrelevant person, Najam Sethi, as the chairman PCB in the first place, and then letting this melodrama go on and on for such a long time. This tells all how dear is the national honor to all of them.

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  • PTI
    May 19, 2014 - 10:07AM

    PTI should take stand. Shame on N- League.

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  • Adnan
    May 19, 2014 - 10:22AM

    this is childish stuff from government.

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  • Bewildered
    May 19, 2014 - 10:45AM

    Any decent self-respecting person would have resigned himself, if not for his own respect, then just to save the image of the country instead of making it a laughing stock of the world. Both these persons have shown how dear they keep the national dignity and how high they keep their personal interests in their priorities. In fact, all the responsibility of shaming nation directly goes to Nawaz Sharif, who is guilty of worst favoritism by installing a totally irrelevant person, Najam Sethi, as the chairman PCB in the first place, and then letting this melodrama go on and on for such a long time. This tells all how dear is the national honor to all of them.Recommend

  • Ammar
    May 19, 2014 - 11:53AM

    Another institution with out chairman/head. Way to go PMLN

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  • dhedhi
    May 19, 2014 - 12:07PM

    This love for GEO and its workers will get nawaz shareef out of government .they will they ever learn?

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  • Pacifica
    May 19, 2014 - 12:32PM

    This is more entertaining than the IPL.

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  • Parvez
    May 19, 2014 - 3:30PM

    Nawaz Sharif has done the impossible…….he and his government have made the five miserable years of PPP-Z rule…..look good.

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  • Khalid Javed
    May 19, 2014 - 3:40PM

    Was Zaka Ashraf not reinstated on court’s orders? Does it not amount to defiance of judicial supremacy, the rule of law by avoiding rather than abiding by the court ruling in letter & spirit? How will these judicial pundits redefine Contempt of Court terminology after series of such incidents? As flies to wanton boys are court orders to these short-sighted politicians, they desecrate them for their own selfish gains. Shame on all at the helm of affairs who are ravishing the sanctity of all institutions.

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  • H Chaudhry
    May 19, 2014 - 5:59PM

    It is such a irony to see so many comments filled with utter ignorance and stupidity. People, read again and try to use your brain. Criticism for sake of criticism is retarded. Half of comments above are calling Government out here when Zaka himself was a political appointee and the tenure of “Governors” ENDED. Get it please, tenure ENDED, govt. has nothing to do with it…. PM like any other PM will appoint board and Sethi will be here for good. Like it or not, it is what it is..

    For people who says, N has destroyed PCB, were we wining World Cups before? Isnt our cricket destroyed for some time now. All this started with mighty General Effin Tauqeer came on helm. Seriously, in 9 months, Govt destroyed PCB. Shame on people and their lack of common sense here.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 19, 2014 - 6:01PM

    What relation Zaka had with cricket? What special services he was supposed to offer? He was not seeking this job for love of the game. Greedy man just wanted to get perks and destroy Pakistan’s International cricket. If he had any honour and love of sport, he would have chosen to stay home. He was never welcomed in the board.

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  • a&a
    May 20, 2014 - 6:54AM

    @H Chaudhry:
    Well die hard fan of sparrow…..

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