ZAKA ASHRAF

  • Pakistan PM appoints exjudge as caretaker PCB chief August 5, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday appointed a retired judge to hold elections for the country's cricket chief within a month, hoping to draw a line under a longrunning crisis. The post of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman has been held by rivals Zaka Ashraf and Najam Sethi five...
  • Miandad rubbishes PCB plans of hosting T20 league in Dubai July 3, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has rubbished the plans of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold its inaugural premier league T20 tournament early next year in Dubai. "Unless the premier league is held in Pakistan it will serve no purpose and it will not help bring back international cricket...
  • PCB to probe 'missing' USD200,000 during Zaka Ashraf's tenure May 27, 2014

    Pakistan's cricket chiefs on Monday began an inquiry into the spending of $200,000, which they said was not accounted for during the tenure of former chairman Zaka Ashraf. The spending relates to Ashraf's rocky 22month tenure, during which time he was suspended by the Islamabad High Court before being restored to...
  • Ashraf denies reports of bookie approaches to Afridi, Umar May 25, 2014

    Karachi: The former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Sunday dismissed reports about bookmakers making approaches to Pakistani players, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal during the oneday series played against England in the UAE in 2012. The claim was made in a British newspaper and also partially confirmed by the present board...
  • Supreme Court restores Najam Sethi as chairman of PCB May 21, 2014

    The Supreme Court of Pakistan has reinstated Najam Sethi as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board just four days after a lower court replaced him with Zaka Ashraf. The Islamabad High Court on Saturday invalidated a prime minister's special notification in February to appoint a management committee to the PCB, which...
  • Pakistan government appeals decision to sack Najam Sethi May 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan cricket's power struggle escalated Tuesday as the government appealed to the Supreme Court to reinstate Najam Sethi as the head of the board. The Islamabad High Court in February had overturned an order from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appoint Sethi and oust Zaka Ashraf as chairman. The high...
  • Zaka Ashraf takes charge of Pakistan Cricket Board as turmoil rolls on May 19, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's reinstated cricket chief Zaka Ashraf took charge of the national board Monday, with the future of national head coach Waqar Younis and batting coach Grant Flower hanging in the balance. Ashraf was restored to the chairmanship of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by a court ruling on Saturday,...
  • Najam Sethi to appeal as PCB lurches into fresh crisis May 18, 2014

    Pakistan's suspended cricket chief Najam Sethi vowed on Sunday to appeal against a court judgement which reinstated his rival in the latest round of musical chairs in the game's management. The Islamabad high court on Saturday overturned a February 10 order by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointing Sethi as chairman of...
  • Former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf lashes out at Najam Sethi April 22, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf has lashed out at his successor Najam Sethi, blaming him for the sport's rapid deterioration in the last two months. In a statement, Ashraf claimed the situation had deteriorated after his departure from the board and said he felt discord, disunity and fear...
  • Pakistan seeks roadmap for politicised cricket February 21, 2014

    Islamabad: After 66 years, 28 chairmen and slew of controversies, Pakistan is still wrangling over how to run cricket in a country where millions follow it passionately. Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif dismissed Zaka Ashraf as the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), unseating him for the second time...
  • We received threats from India for resisting Big Three: Zaka Ashraf February 16, 2014

    Karachi: Former PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Sunday alleged that he was threatened by the Board for Cricket Control in India for opposing the structural overhaul of the ICC. "They were threats directed at Pakistan but our stance was clear," Ashraf said while addressing a gathering in Lahore. "But in the governance...
  • Imran Khan criticises cricket chief appointment February 12, 2014

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan on Tuesday lashed out at the country's newly reappointed cricket chief, alleging he was being rewarded for helping the ruling party commit fraud in last year's general elections. Najam Sethi, a prominent journalist who was also appointed as interim chief minister of the...
  • Naming of Pakistan's Asia Cup squad and new coach held up February 11, 2014

    Karachi: Two major announcements about the new head coach and the Pakistan squad for Asia Cup were held up due to the sudden dismissal of PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf and would be reviewed by the new management committee and its chairman, Najam Sethi at their meeting on Tuesday. A reliable source...
  • Defiant Ashraf says he is still PCB Chairman February 10, 2014

    Karachi: A defiant Zaka Ashraf on Monday said that he was still the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) despite a notification by the government, saying he would consult his lawyers as the decision to sack him violates the High Court order. "I don't think this notification by the government...
  • Nawaz Sharif sacks Zaka Ashraf as PCB chief February 10, 2014

    Karachi: In another stunning twist in Pakistan's cricket administration, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sacked Zaka Ashraf as the Chairman of the PCB and suspended the Governing board with immediate effect. In a notification issued by the ministry of inter provincial coordination, the Prime Minister, in his capacity as patron in...
  • ICC's approval to revamped proposal will harm world cricket: Ashraf February 8, 2014

    Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf said that the widespread change in the ICC's governance and structure, initiated by the India, Australia and England cricket boards, would harm world cricket. "This much stress on money matters is going to harm world cricket in the future," Ashraf...
  • N Srinivasan has agreed to IndoPak bilateral series: Zaka Ashraf February 4, 2014

    Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf has said that his Indian counterpart N Srinivasan had agreed to India playing a bilateral series with Pakistan at a neutral venue. "Mr Srinivasan has reassured me they are serious about playing a bilateral series with us even at neutral...
  • PCB told to oppose 'Big Three' proposals on ICC revamp February 4, 2014

    Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has been told by its Governing Board to strongly oppose the changes proposed by India, Australia and England cricket boards in the governance and distribution of finances in the ICC. PCB chief Zaka Ashraf said after the meeting of the Governing Board that the members had...
  • Cricket will suffer if ICC proposals accepted: Zaka Ashraf January 31, 2014

    Karachi: PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf on Friday blamed Bangladesh for sacrificing the interest of the world cricket for their shortterm gains. Ashraf hit out at Bangladesh Cricket Board's president Nazimul Hasan for claiming it was not part of the boards of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in opposing the draft...
  • Zaka Ashraf calls emergency meeting on February 8 to discuss ICC draft January 31, 2014

    Karachi: The Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf has called an emergency meeting of the governing board on February 3 to discuss the watered down draft proposals put forward by India, Australia and England at the ICC meeting this week in Dubai. Ashraf, who returns from Dubai after attending...
  • PCB chief says four in opposition of ICC revamp January 28, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are likely to oppose sweeping changes in the ICC as the governing body's executive board meeting began in Dubai on Tuesday. Before attending the meeting, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf told private television channels in Pakistan that all the four boards "have...
  • Pakistan Supreme Court to hear cricket chief appeal January 25, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court Saturday agreed to hear an appeal by the federal government challenging a lower court's decision to reinstate the country's embattled cricket chief. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended eight months ago over alleged dubious elections. The Nawaz Sharif government appointed an Interim Management Committee to...
  • Federal govt files appeal against Zaka Ashraf reinstatement as PCB chief January 23, 2014

    Karachi: The federal government on Thursday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against the reinstatement of Zaka Ashraf as Board chairman, a development which further prolonged the uncertainty in Pakistan cricket. Well known lawyer Asma Jahangir filed the appeal on behalf of the Ministry of InterProvincial Coordination which had earlier...
  • No intentions of stepping down, says Zaka Ashraf January 17, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf has made it clear that he has no intentions of resigning and will try to complete his fouryear term. Ashraf, who resumed his duties at the PCB headquarters at Gaddafi stadium since Thursday, said he had no differences with the ruling government and...
  • Zaka Ashraf resumes duties as PCB chairman January 16, 2014

    Islamabad: Zaka Ashraf has resumed his duties as the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman on Thursday a day after he was restored by a twomember divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court. Ashraf was suspended by IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddique in May last year when a retired cricket official challenged his...
  • Islamabad HC restores Zaka Ashraf as PCB chief January 15, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan cricket fell into further chaos on Wednesday with a twomember divisional bench of the Islamabad High Court restoring Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the Board. Zaka had filed an appeal against his dismissal by the single bench of the IHC headed by Justice Shaukat Siddiqui in July last year. Justice...
  • Abdul Razzaq blames Zaka Ashraf for being sidelined November 8, 2013

    Karachi: Pakistan's seasoned allrounder, Abdul Razzaq has blamed former chairman of the PCB, Zaka Ashraf, for sidelining him from the national team since last year. Razzaq, 33, who has finally won a recall to the national T20 squad for the series against South Africa, said it was Ashraf who had blown...
  • Dav Whatmore has failed to deliver: Zaka Ashraf November 3, 2013

    Karachi: Zaka Ashraf, whose election as Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman has been set aside by Islamabad High Court, has refused to accept the responsibility for appointing Dav Whatmore as head coach but conceded that the Australian had failed to live up to expectations. Ashraf whose election as PCB head in May...
  • Zaheer, Qadir keen on Pakistan board job October 30, 2013

    Karachi: Former Test legends Abdul Qadir and Zaheer Abbas have expressed interest in the job of Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, after a court ordered elections for the post be held next month. Cricket administration in Pakistan has been rocked by months of wrangling between the courts and the PCB after thenchairman...
  • PCB incurs huge loss for no bilateral series with India September 7, 2013

    Karachi: India's refusal to play a bilateral series has incurred the Pakistan Cricket Board a loss of atleast $1.6 million. According to the budgetary documents, the PCB has to repay an amount of $1.6 million to the Dubai-based broadcaster, Taj Entertainment Network since there was no bilateral series with India in...