ISLAMABAD: The cricket saga continues as the recent reinstatement of Zaka Ashraf as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairperson was challenged in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday, Express News reported.
The Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination filed the request at the high court, challenging the decision to reinstate Ashraf. Najam Sethi, Ashraf and 14 other people were made respondents in the request.
On May 17, the IHC had reinstated Ashraf as the chairperson of the body. Justice Noorul Haq had 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 had also reinstated 38 employees who were recently sacked by the PCB.
For the fifth time since May 2013, the board saw the reinstatement of a chairperson after he was sent packing on legal grounds. Ashraf was reinstated for the second time after being removed as the PCB chairperson twice.
He was suspended in May 2013 by the IHC after it ruled he had been elected via a dubious process which was carried out during a meeting of the governing body.
However, after a complicated legal process, he was reinstated by the same court on January 15, 2014, before Nawaz dismissed him again on February 10, bringing back in his place Sethi.
Comeback cut short
Ashraf’s comeback as PCB chairperson for the third time was cut short to a mere day as the cricket board 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, had resigned on May 18, rocking Zaka’s boat.
With eight members out of the governing board, the PCB stands dissolved and an ad-hoc set-up is likely to be imposed by the PCB Patron, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is likely to announce a new chairperson.
Experts say Ashraf is ‘powerless’ without backing of the governing body and believe it will take at least a month to install a new governing body.