Pakistan news May 8, 2013

Zaka Ashraf is PCB's first elected chairman

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, has been elected to a four-year term, the first-ever elected incumbent in that office. He was elected under the new PCB constitution, which in February replaced the system of appointing the PCB chairman by the Patron of the board, the President of Pakistan.

The PCB's board of governors had its first meeting today in Islamabad under the new constitution. The nomination committee interviewed the two candidates - Ashraf and former Lahore Stock Exchange chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan - recommended by the Patron and unanimously recommended Ashraf for the chairman's post.

Thereafter, the board of governors reassembled and unanimously endorsed the recommended nominee of the Patron and the nomination committee.

In 2011, the ICC required that its member boards become autonomous and free of interference from governments by June 2013. Removal of government interference had also been one of the Woolf report recommendations approved by the ICC. The new constitution was produced as a result of the ICC directive and was approved on February 13, vetted by the Ministry of Law on the suggestion of the PCB and ICC feedback. However, in November 2012, ICC said it was reviewing its stance against government involvement in the administration of cricket.

The development was surprising and conducted secretly, the PCB revealing the appointment through a press release. Ashraf, who has been PCB chairman since 2011, was working under the old constitution, under which he was appointed for an indefinite period by the Patron, President Asif Ali Zardari.

With the country's general election set to take place on Saturday, a new government usually brings about changes in the PCB hierarchy. With his future as chairman uncertain, Ashraf implemented the new constitution in February and was eventually elected for a new term.

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  • sardarmk on May 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    This is the democratic way to appoint a chairman. Government must not interfere in this process & game should always be free from politics & politicians.

  • on May 10, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Smart Move, Just about when Imran Khan is going to come in power and he was least likely to appoint Zaka, he secured himslef for another four year term

  • Crick_Expert on May 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    CONGRAT to Zaka, best wishes & good luck.

  • on May 9, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    This is a very good news, finally we got someone who can take Pakistan cricket forward, a lots of luck and best wishes

  • ALATIFUSMAN on May 9, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    good for pak cricket a sensible person who can guide pak to cricket to some sort of resspectiblity

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    very nice Zaka Ashraf is good person

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    A step forward by our board.Thank God. He seems to know his job well.

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Good Decision ! Mr. Zaka Deserve

  • malik2086 on May 9, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    graceful decision.appreciated

  • on May 8, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    sports should be nonpolitical, well done PCB

  • sardarmk on May 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    This is the democratic way to appoint a chairman. Government must not interfere in this process & game should always be free from politics & politicians.

  • on May 10, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Smart Move, Just about when Imran Khan is going to come in power and he was least likely to appoint Zaka, he secured himslef for another four year term

  • Crick_Expert on May 9, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    CONGRAT to Zaka, best wishes & good luck.

  • on May 9, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    This is a very good news, finally we got someone who can take Pakistan cricket forward, a lots of luck and best wishes

  • ALATIFUSMAN on May 9, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    good for pak cricket a sensible person who can guide pak to cricket to some sort of resspectiblity

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    very nice Zaka Ashraf is good person

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    A step forward by our board.Thank God. He seems to know his job well.

  • on May 9, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Good Decision ! Mr. Zaka Deserve

  • malik2086 on May 9, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    graceful decision.appreciated

  • on May 8, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    sports should be nonpolitical, well done PCB

  • on May 8, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    this is a very good news. Mr. Ashraf keep on serving the board in an honest manner !

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf may be elected but in pakistan we have elections of parties every 5 years but not seen any change in the leadership.so we will always have elected chairman recommended by patron

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    his tenure so far was good and looks a pure manager of things. hope to see more positives in next 4 years.

    what ididnt get is wasnt this election supposed to be from lower level also instead of only board of governor?

  • Sports4Youth on May 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    To say that is the first elected Chairman will be wrong on many counts. First of all because of the system of nomination He is not elected but he is merely selected between two candidates both of whom where provided by the president.

    Secondly, the board members or the regional boards do not have any choice. They simply have to comfirm one of the two candidates. So even the Selection is not fair. Moreover, when the same guy is confirmed then it can mean one of the two things, eighter he is a unimouns choice being very good or the the system is so hopeless that change is a mirage which is never real.

    .

  • keptalittlelow on May 8, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I have no doubt about Zaka Ashraf being the best choice for the post of PCB chairman, yet was it a true election? nominated by the person who appointed him in the first place!! what about the regional Associations? were they given any opportunity to put forward their candidate?

  • getsetgopk on May 8, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Top news this! In a long time, now he must sort out these useless selectors and appoint someone who know their job. Some horrific team selections recently and Pak being a weak batting unit, often result in catastrophic defeats. Junaid Khan wasn't Part of the T20 WC, Tanvir played in 2nd test in SA, the continued selection of mediocre failures in the shape of Malik, Kamran and Farhat. There are other pressing issues like who will lead the test squad after Misbah hangs his boots in a year or two, his supposed successor, Hafeez is no good unless he's playing on a dust bowl, though he's ok to lead in ODI's and T20's. Misbah should be removed from ODI team, let Hafeez take charge there and prepare for 2015WC, its only two years away. The quality of the local FC pitches is another issue that needs immediate attention. We need better and balanced pitches so that our batters dont look so miserable when we tour abroad. Ashraf has his plate full and I wish him all the very best, rock on.

  • Stark62 on May 8, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    His short tenure as the chairman has been fruitful and positive. But however, there is a little smudge on his short term as the PCB chairman and that is the appointment of chief selector, Iqbal Qasim.

  • on May 8, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good on PCB! Finally some sanity prevailed. I hope now PCB will somewhat be free from political intervention and will work independently for the good of cricket in Pakistan.

  • ColJJ on May 8, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I really congratulate Mr. Ashraf for being the first elected Chairman of PCB. I was worried about political change in Pakistan and hence his position as I foresee him one of the best CM's that PCB ever had. Now, as he is elected one so no worries regarding his position. We wish him good luck in hi mission to revive cricket to Pakistan.

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  • ColJJ on May 8, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    I really congratulate Mr. Ashraf for being the first elected Chairman of PCB. I was worried about political change in Pakistan and hence his position as I foresee him one of the best CM's that PCB ever had. Now, as he is elected one so no worries regarding his position. We wish him good luck in hi mission to revive cricket to Pakistan.

  • on May 8, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Good on PCB! Finally some sanity prevailed. I hope now PCB will somewhat be free from political intervention and will work independently for the good of cricket in Pakistan.

  • Stark62 on May 8, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    His short tenure as the chairman has been fruitful and positive. But however, there is a little smudge on his short term as the PCB chairman and that is the appointment of chief selector, Iqbal Qasim.

  • getsetgopk on May 8, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Top news this! In a long time, now he must sort out these useless selectors and appoint someone who know their job. Some horrific team selections recently and Pak being a weak batting unit, often result in catastrophic defeats. Junaid Khan wasn't Part of the T20 WC, Tanvir played in 2nd test in SA, the continued selection of mediocre failures in the shape of Malik, Kamran and Farhat. There are other pressing issues like who will lead the test squad after Misbah hangs his boots in a year or two, his supposed successor, Hafeez is no good unless he's playing on a dust bowl, though he's ok to lead in ODI's and T20's. Misbah should be removed from ODI team, let Hafeez take charge there and prepare for 2015WC, its only two years away. The quality of the local FC pitches is another issue that needs immediate attention. We need better and balanced pitches so that our batters dont look so miserable when we tour abroad. Ashraf has his plate full and I wish him all the very best, rock on.

  • keptalittlelow on May 8, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    I have no doubt about Zaka Ashraf being the best choice for the post of PCB chairman, yet was it a true election? nominated by the person who appointed him in the first place!! what about the regional Associations? were they given any opportunity to put forward their candidate?

  • Sports4Youth on May 8, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    To say that is the first elected Chairman will be wrong on many counts. First of all because of the system of nomination He is not elected but he is merely selected between two candidates both of whom where provided by the president.

    Secondly, the board members or the regional boards do not have any choice. They simply have to comfirm one of the two candidates. So even the Selection is not fair. Moreover, when the same guy is confirmed then it can mean one of the two things, eighter he is a unimouns choice being very good or the the system is so hopeless that change is a mirage which is never real.

    .

  • on May 8, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    his tenure so far was good and looks a pure manager of things. hope to see more positives in next 4 years.

    what ididnt get is wasnt this election supposed to be from lower level also instead of only board of governor?

  • on May 8, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf may be elected but in pakistan we have elections of parties every 5 years but not seen any change in the leadership.so we will always have elected chairman recommended by patron

  • on May 8, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    this is a very good news. Mr. Ashraf keep on serving the board in an honest manner !

  • on May 8, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    sports should be nonpolitical, well done PCB