Pakistan news January 17, 2014

'Reinstatement a victory of justice' - Ashraf

ESPNcricinfo staff

PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has stated his reinstatement as the board chief by the Islamabad High Court was a "historic decision" calling it a "victory of justice". Ashraf replaced Najam Sethi after a long and complicated legal process.

"It is a historic decision for Pakistan cricket that a court restored a PCB chief," Ashraf said in Lahore. "My reinstatement is a victory of justice and a result of prayers of several PCB employees."

Ashraf, who was suspended from the post in May last year by the same court, said he will now work towards the improvement of the state of affairs of cricket in Pakistan, and seek guidance from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on security issues for the team's participation in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

"There are a lot of challenges Pakistan cricket has been facing and my top-most priority will be to work collectively for its betterment," he said. "Being a chairman, I am under heavy load of responsibility to take on all the challenges in a decent manner and to resolve all cricket-related problems in a befitting manner. We should work for the development of the game without taking into consideration and political affiliation.

"It is my desire to brief PCB patron Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on cricket-related affairs and to seek his guidance on the team's participation in the Asia Cup in the back drop of security issues in the host country Bangladesh."

Ashraf added that the board will also start the process of hiring a new coach as Dav Whatmore, the current Pakistan coach, is nearing the end of his contract.

"The PCB's cricket committee will look into the matter of hiring a new coach for Pakistan team as Dav Whatmore will be completing his stint with the team next month," he said.

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  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    Good to see him again as PCB Chairman, now we are looking forward to see Pakistan Super League (1st choice it should be organized in Pakistan and 2nd choice UAE will be best choice) we are very desperate to see cricket back in Pakistan

  • Darek on January 17, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    @mohammed meeran misbah has an 40+ average, because he is looking for his scorecard. why no test series win since 2 years? why no big run chase since 3 years? why last place in last champions trophy? misbah is playing for himself, because of his age. he is blocking fawad alam and haris sohail, because they are young good batsman!!

  • Android on January 17, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    To be fair Misbah ul Haq is much better batsmen in Test and ODI than Afridi. Unfortunately he couldn't won Pakistan as much as Afridi won. Afridi is good bowling all rounder. He need to focus much on his batting. I believe Afridi plays yorker much better amongst Pakistan batsmen. Pakistani cricket board should look into domestic cricket and choose the batsmen who has 40 + average and strike rate of 80 +. This concern have to address immediately. Only Misbah has 40 + average amongst current pakistani players. Where as most of countries have 4 to 5 players with 40 + average. Bowling department Pakistan is still better than most of the countries. Sharjeel Khan and Sohaib Maqsood are the good choice from selection committee.

  • ESPN on January 17, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Good to see him but needs to work the things really quick. Do we need a new oneday captain yes we do. Misbah can be takes as a batsman but no longer as a captain if we fancy winning or even naking the final four we need an aggresive captain and trust me Afridi is the best choice and work it out with hafeez in t 20 if you really want hafeez there. My t 20 and world cup squad: Sharjeel khan Ahmed shehzad Umar akmal Muhammad hafeez Sohaid maqsood Haris sohail/misbah Shahid afridi Bilawal bhatti Junaid khan/ unmar gul Saeed ajmal Muhammad irfan

    Back up: Muhammad talha, anwar ali, zulfiqar babar, nasir jamshed and the all rounder hammad azam aswell as raza hassan

  • ESPN on January 17, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Good to see Mr. Ashraf return as Chairman again. He knows how to deal with the challanges currently facing by the pakistani cricket.

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