Zaka Ashraf suspended as head of PCB

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The court will hold a meeting on June 13 to discuss Ashraf’s fate

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf has been suspended indefinitely by the Islamabad High Court after they claimed the process to elect him was “dubious” and “polluted”.

Ashraf was also ordered to “refrain from exercising his power within his incumbency” until the court met again on June 13.

The court order was in response to a petition filed by an ex-Rawalpindi Cricket Association official over the board elections held last month, where Ashraf was elected to retain his position as chairman of the board for the next four years.

“The petitioner has a good arguable case in his favour, as entire process of election of PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf appeared to be motivated and polluted,” Justice Shaukat Siddiqui said.

The PCB’s legal representative Tafuzul Rizvi told ESPNcricinfo that the board would assist the court in any way possible during the next hearing.

“We will present the facts before the court and after that any decision will be followed in letter and spirit,” Rizvi said.

Five top regional associations – Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Faisalabad and Sialkot – have all boycotted against Ashraf as well, claiming that the electoral process was fraudulent.

Things continue to go from bad to worse for Ashraf as two more petitions were filed against him, one in the Lahore High Court and the other by former wicketkeeper Rashid Latif in the Sindh High Court.

Ashraf became the first elected PCB chairman in the first week of May under the PCB’s newly adopted constitution.

Ashraf was unanimously chosen to hold on to his position as chairman for another four years ahead of his rival, former Lahore Stock Exchange chairman Aftab Ahmad.

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