Pakistan government dismisses Ashraf as PCB chairman

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Ashraf’s reign as PCB chairman has come to an end once again

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has dismissed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf once again and brought an end to the board’s governing body.

An ad-hoc committee comprising of eight people will replace Ashraf and his now defunct governing body for the next 120 days.

The ad-hoc committee will include Shahriyar Khan (former PCB chairman), Najam Sethi (former interim PCB chairman), Zaheer Abbas (former Pakistan captain), Naveed Akram Cheema (chief secretary, Punjab), Shakeel Sheikh (former member of PCB board of governors), Yousaf Naseem Khokhar (former member of PCB board of governors), Iqbal Qasim (former cricketer), Ijaz Chaudary (IPC secretary).

Ashraf was suspended by the Islamabad High Court in May 2013 after they believed that he was elected through a “dubious” and “polluted” process.

However, he was reinstated by the same court on January 15.

“There are serious issues in the management of PCB, repugnant to the aim and object of PCB and that there is an immediate and emergent need to take necessary measures to improve the management of PCB as well as to streamline the game of cricket at all levels in Pakistan,” an Inter-Provincial Co-ordination (IPC) ministry statement said. “Now therefore, under the power conferred upon the Patron under para graphs 41 of the PCB constitution as amended, the Prime Minister of Pakistan being Patron PCB has been pleased to constitute the following management committee to performance of the function with immediate effects.

“The above committee shall elect one of its member as chairman, who shall be the Chairman PCB. It shall supersede the Board of Governers, including the Chairman PCB, who shall cease to exit/hold office with immediate effect.”

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