Pakistan news February 10, 2014

Zaka Ashraf out, Najam Sethi returns as PCB chairman

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The turmoil within the top management of the PCB took two new, and yet familiar, twists on Monday with the Patron of the Board, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dismissing the chairman Zaka Ashraf once again and dissolving the board of governors. Sharif directed a management committee to pick a PCB chairman from among its eight members and it chose Najam Sethi, who acted as interim chairman while Ashraf was suspended.

The management committee included 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). It will meet for the first time on February 11.

The mandate given by the prime minister to the committee is to form a new PCB constitution and restore stability to cricket administration in Pakistan. The committee said they will let the decisions made by Ashraf stand only if they are legitimate, and will scrap the ones that are not.

Ashraf was critical of the decsion. "The decision clearly shows that there is government interference (in the PCB)," he said. "It's an undemocratic decision by a democratic government."

It was the second time that Ashraf had been removed as PCB chairman in the last eight months. Ashraf had been suspended in May 2013 by the Islamabad High Court after it ruled he had been elected via a "dubious" and "polluted" process. However, after a complicated legal process, he was reinstated by the same court on January 15 this year.

The Ministry of Inter-Provincial Co-ordination (IPC) had challenged the verdict of the Islamabad High Court, which re-instated Ashraf as chairman. The Supreme Court had accepted the petition but had refrained from taking the case ahead, suggesting that the government exercise its authority to initiate changes within the PCB. On January 31, the government withdrew its petition against Ashraf's return as chairman from the Supreme Court.

" … 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 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."

In May last year, Ashraf became the first elected PCB chairman for a period of four years under a new constitution. He was then suspended a few weeks later following questions over the legality of his appointment. Under the amended constitution the Patron of the PCB could remove the chairman only on the basis of financial irregularities. The constitution did not allow no-confidence motions to be raised against the PCB chairman.

In Ashraf's case, the problem with election was at two levels. One, it was done secretively and in a hurry, ahead of the country's general elections in which the party Ashraf derived his power from - the Pakistan People's Party - was eventually voted out. Two, the composition of the board of governors was questionable, with no representation on it of the entire province of Punjab, Pakistan's most populous and arguably its most dominant in terms of cricket players.

Subsequently, Sethi was appointed as interim chairman in June by the prime minister - the new patron of the board - Nawaz Sharif. However, Sethi was not appointed as per the specifications of the IHC, and so in July the court overturned all the major decisions taken by him and restricted his powers to the overseeing of the day-to-day administration of the board. At that point, the court also ordered fresh elections by October 18.

However, with it being evident the elections would not take place by the stipulated deadline, the board's patron, Sharif, dissolved the PCB's governing board on October 15 and created an interim management committee (IMC), the members of which unanimously chose Sethi as its head. The PCB had been run by the IMC until the court reinstated Ashraf on January 15.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY kamilkhuwaja on | February 11, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Again we're in a situation where Nawaz Shareef has become a pro-Indian cause he didn't like Ashraf's stand against "Big Three". Considering that, he appointed Najam Sethi who himself doesn't know a word about cricket plus he is known as pro-Indian too. If you see Sethi's interviews, you would realize what does he think about Pakistan!!! Stupid people!!

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    These politicians, they'll never learn a thing for as long as they are alive. Sharif brothers won the elections which means that they own everything in Pakistan, cricket is no exception. They will not have anyone other than a man of their own party, what happens to Pak cricket is not an ISSUE to them. Whats happening in the cricketing world, they dont care, they won the elections and they deserve their own man to run things. The patron, the leader of the country can do such a senseless thing? Has he got no shame left? OBVIOUSLY not. By the way, the decision to stand against the big three was spot on, Pak do not need to be part of any circus, it has got plenty of other issues. Play less cricket but play it hard and fair in its true spirit. Hope zaka returns to Pak cricket, all I can hope for.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Well played Mr Nawaz Sharif PCB pattern in chief, who doesn't have time to meet Mr zaka on this important BIG 3 issue and take apart himself from this issue because if they meet then decision have to take by Mr Sharif which he never wants against India neither he can go against the people of Pakistan sentiments . So just after BIG 3 issue the zaka dismiss by Nawaz sharif.

  • POSTED BY MianNasir on | February 11, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    This instability and indifferent decision of top level management of Pakistan cricket is translated in the performance of Pakistan cricket team in the field. That's why they are an unpredictable side. No continuity any where, whole system is being run on day to day basis. Well folks, we only can pray for better future of Pakistan cricket and just love to see them competing with top teams of the world.

  • POSTED BY Zainnajam on | February 11, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Well, This is obvious stuff and i dont think any one does regret this new change, only Najam Sethi will have to certainly Prove he is much better and more Qualified than the Old school Zaka Ashraf

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Najam Sethi has now been reinstated with full authority and I think he will be be able to do better than Zaka Ahraf. Najam Sethi should first remove the old team that handled PCB case against BIG 3 so badly and then make revolutionary steps to improve Pakistan's current domestic structure so that once again it starts producing cricketing stars.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I dont think it makes any difference to big3 issue. That is done and dusted. Pak didnt vote for it nor against it. and it is approved by majority votes so more likely both SLC and PCB will now join in . They have got no option left. Zaka would have done the same. Otherwise they would have voted against it.

    In my opinion, its not about that as PCB's stance was well known for 3 weeks so if govt wanted anyother decision then they would have done something earlier. Its just old politics and power tussle. and it was coming ever since he was reinstated by court last month.

    the best they can do is to hold elections with in 4 months. Last time court said to do it in 90 days but they didnt. and prolonged their own tenure.

    If they hold elections with all regions participating then it will be good for pak.

  • POSTED BY M.Faheem on | February 11, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    To all my fellow Pakistanis, please dont blame anyone for our problems, we are the ones responsible for that. BCCI is winning the battle more due to our faults and than due to its own fortunes. We promised Sri Lankan team Presidential-level security in 2009 but what we actually did is infront of all. Now we should not expect anyone to take that risk. This time, when a new government wished to bless someone for PCB's chairmanship, it did not even bothered to realize that an important change phase was going on in ICC. It reflects very unfortunate state of our affairs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Instead of following what SA and BD did, PCB went playing to the gallery. Instead of negotiating and bargaining more cricket for his country Ashraf went ballistic.. He forgot the precarious situation of Pakistani cricket. Even Rameez Raja was critical of how Ashraf dealt with ICC recently.

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | February 11, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Im an aussie fan, but i have immense respect for zaka ashraf. he stood up as one of the a fighter to the attempted 3 member cabal and under him, pk's performances have been improving. i am an outsider with little knowledge though, and i do realise he has made questionable decisions, but they pale in comparison to some decisions made by dodgy boards of a few other countries (im talking about you, BCCI). the government has sacked a man who was doing a good enough job and jeapordised the future of pakistan cricket which is a shame, because i loved watching them play as a kid, and still do with that SL test chase they completed a fortnight ago.

  • POSTED BY kamilkhuwaja on | February 11, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Again we're in a situation where Nawaz Shareef has become a pro-Indian cause he didn't like Ashraf's stand against "Big Three". Considering that, he appointed Najam Sethi who himself doesn't know a word about cricket plus he is known as pro-Indian too. If you see Sethi's interviews, you would realize what does he think about Pakistan!!! Stupid people!!

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 11, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    These politicians, they'll never learn a thing for as long as they are alive. Sharif brothers won the elections which means that they own everything in Pakistan, cricket is no exception. They will not have anyone other than a man of their own party, what happens to Pak cricket is not an ISSUE to them. Whats happening in the cricketing world, they dont care, they won the elections and they deserve their own man to run things. The patron, the leader of the country can do such a senseless thing? Has he got no shame left? OBVIOUSLY not. By the way, the decision to stand against the big three was spot on, Pak do not need to be part of any circus, it has got plenty of other issues. Play less cricket but play it hard and fair in its true spirit. Hope zaka returns to Pak cricket, all I can hope for.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 15:43 GMT

    Well played Mr Nawaz Sharif PCB pattern in chief, who doesn't have time to meet Mr zaka on this important BIG 3 issue and take apart himself from this issue because if they meet then decision have to take by Mr Sharif which he never wants against India neither he can go against the people of Pakistan sentiments . So just after BIG 3 issue the zaka dismiss by Nawaz sharif.

  • POSTED BY MianNasir on | February 11, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    This instability and indifferent decision of top level management of Pakistan cricket is translated in the performance of Pakistan cricket team in the field. That's why they are an unpredictable side. No continuity any where, whole system is being run on day to day basis. Well folks, we only can pray for better future of Pakistan cricket and just love to see them competing with top teams of the world.

  • POSTED BY Zainnajam on | February 11, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Well, This is obvious stuff and i dont think any one does regret this new change, only Najam Sethi will have to certainly Prove he is much better and more Qualified than the Old school Zaka Ashraf

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    Najam Sethi has now been reinstated with full authority and I think he will be be able to do better than Zaka Ahraf. Najam Sethi should first remove the old team that handled PCB case against BIG 3 so badly and then make revolutionary steps to improve Pakistan's current domestic structure so that once again it starts producing cricketing stars.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    I dont think it makes any difference to big3 issue. That is done and dusted. Pak didnt vote for it nor against it. and it is approved by majority votes so more likely both SLC and PCB will now join in . They have got no option left. Zaka would have done the same. Otherwise they would have voted against it.

    In my opinion, its not about that as PCB's stance was well known for 3 weeks so if govt wanted anyother decision then they would have done something earlier. Its just old politics and power tussle. and it was coming ever since he was reinstated by court last month.

    the best they can do is to hold elections with in 4 months. Last time court said to do it in 90 days but they didnt. and prolonged their own tenure.

    If they hold elections with all regions participating then it will be good for pak.

  • POSTED BY M.Faheem on | February 11, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    To all my fellow Pakistanis, please dont blame anyone for our problems, we are the ones responsible for that. BCCI is winning the battle more due to our faults and than due to its own fortunes. We promised Sri Lankan team Presidential-level security in 2009 but what we actually did is infront of all. Now we should not expect anyone to take that risk. This time, when a new government wished to bless someone for PCB's chairmanship, it did not even bothered to realize that an important change phase was going on in ICC. It reflects very unfortunate state of our affairs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    Instead of following what SA and BD did, PCB went playing to the gallery. Instead of negotiating and bargaining more cricket for his country Ashraf went ballistic.. He forgot the precarious situation of Pakistani cricket. Even Rameez Raja was critical of how Ashraf dealt with ICC recently.

  • POSTED BY ziggy500 on | February 11, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Im an aussie fan, but i have immense respect for zaka ashraf. he stood up as one of the a fighter to the attempted 3 member cabal and under him, pk's performances have been improving. i am an outsider with little knowledge though, and i do realise he has made questionable decisions, but they pale in comparison to some decisions made by dodgy boards of a few other countries (im talking about you, BCCI). the government has sacked a man who was doing a good enough job and jeapordised the future of pakistan cricket which is a shame, because i loved watching them play as a kid, and still do with that SL test chase they completed a fortnight ago.

  • POSTED BY Big_Chikka on | February 11, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    what the gov't did was fall inline with the new world order.........................!

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    R.I.P World Cricket 8 Feb 2014.......R.I.P Cricket in Pakistan 10 Feb 2014....Great disappointment month in the history of cricket in Feb 2014.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | February 11, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    As an outsider with virtually no knowledge of the system, I only hope that the latest change gives Pakistani cricket some much needed (and deserved) stability.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | February 11, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    How do the players feel in such circus? And what message they get in their team management? How many captain Pak had in last 10 years? How many PCB chairman, coach, selectors? All are revolving chairs. Pak did not learn in 60 years.

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | February 11, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    Disappointed move by the PM which will further weaken the PCB and Pakistan cricket. Why Mr. Sethi is again on the board and what was the logic of appointing him previously as acting chairman. since he is a journalist by profession with a very limited knowledge of practical cricket. Though, Mr. Zaka who is also an industrialist was also appointed by President Zardari on his discretion, these ego based senseless acts by the head of state will simply destroy the Pakistan cricket, please bring some professional players to manage the game and give them the full liberty to serve the Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY OverDcovers on | February 11, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf played to the gallery and instead of brokering a good deal with ICC he should typical nonsensical attitude which pushed Pakistan Cricket further into isolation! However, since Sethi is diplomatically much better than Zaka he would have handled the issue better perhaps. Moreover, Zaka during his entire reign cultivated a culture in the team giving too much authority to captains and keeping a soft oblivion selection panel. His vision for cricket an be imagined from the fact that technically flawed, man with limited talent and at times an intriguer like Hafeez was made the captain of T20 instead of taking the risk of appointing someone younger like Ahmed Shehzad who fits in all three formats of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    PCB deseved the taunt which Zaka got from Australian head in first ICC meeting. Shame on our PM. He is such a disgrace. PM is rewarding Sethi for the rigging he did in the elections. What an utter disgrace. A joke !!

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | February 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Classic case of PAK cricket self destructing. What nonsense !

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | February 11, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    Stop playing PING PONG...............

  • POSTED BY JohnSnider on | February 11, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Since Zaka came Pakistan cricket, it was doing great . Pakistan was winning everywhere, even , Under 19 in world cup has already created record for Run Rate and more.This all Zaka's planning. Pak. teams look solid, our .public demand that a brave Zaka should be leader of cricket not the TWIRPS that government have installed to destroy Pakistan's cricket except Zaheer Abbas.

    What is this Government doing. Check Zaka's record. He has done great for Pakistan. Reinstate Zaka now and give him Mohsin Khan , Zaheer Abbas, Mohammad Yusuf, Imran Khan , Wasim Akram for future planning and taking care of cricket. We don't need politician. We need patriots.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Hahhahaha, do u think Pakistan as a country has very good management and very good rules of laws, so it is same with Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Oh my goodness gracious me... When this will end??

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Sethi in ashraf out,ashraf in sethi out, Sethi in ashraf out,ashraf out sethi in, Sethi OUT ashraf OUT now what ! Let's start all over again sethi in ashraf in. Hey! That doesn't work ,Ahh ! Forget it Imran khan in Nawaz out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Well he got punished for opposing big 3. Shame on the politicians of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 11, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    Such as a basket case of a country we are!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 10, 2014, 23:21 GMT

    What the hell is going on. One coming one going its PCB for god sake leave politics out of cricket.this is the only entertainment left for Pakistan a least we can see our team playing doesn't matter if not in home

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | February 10, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    Welcome to PCB, where decisions based on common sense are rare & the chairman is chosen by a game of musical chairs.

    But seriously, why did they kick him out this time? I hope its not cuz of the whole big3 issue. Zaka handled it well & deserves a longer run. I wouldn't be surprised if now under Sethi the PCB agree to the big3 proposal. It's really quite sad that PCB can never settle down. The only news I was expecting to hear relating Pakistan was who they selected for coach not something like this.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 10, 2014, 23:14 GMT

    This is a isolate disgrace to see these changes every day and with every change we are losing more creditability in cricket administration. How can this govt run Pakistan when they can't even control and run a small board properly. Pathetic

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Disgraceful its likehowthe country is being run by dictators.

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | February 10, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Now I see the double face of Najam Sethi, I remember his talk in "Aapas Ki Baat" when he say he has no interest in being the chairman of BCCP, he just here as an acting chairman. What a shame.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Oh man! Pakistan cricket is in danger because of politics. Zaka Ashraf wasn't doing bad job. God Bless Pakistan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Government is making itself a laughing stock by removing Zeka Ashraf, who has taken a decision on principle at ICC big thee vote. Is govenment suggesting that Zeka Ashraf should have favoured big three at ICC. What a shame! What Najam Sethi has achieved in his last tenure that he will do now? Is none qualified more than Najam Sethi for this job in Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    utter embarrassmant

  • POSTED BY snbirdi on | February 10, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    It's hilarious how the same people who LITERALLY one day ago were saying things like "we're proud of you PCB" are today saying "we're ashamed of you PCB". Just goes to show there's a billion drama queens out there in the world.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | February 10, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    The headline should read "The Clueless One Returns"!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Shame on you Politician...Please ....its cricket not your politics..

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    RIP PAK Cricket :( i am speechless...

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | February 10, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    If they can't run a cricket board, I wonder how they are running the country

  • POSTED BY Straight666 on | February 10, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    And the drama never stops....

  • POSTED BY aadi1295 on | February 10, 2014, 19:50 GMT

    Politics and Big three policies will kill cricket in Pakistan. very disappointed

  • POSTED BY MyGreatCountryPakistan on | February 10, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Government is making itself a laughing stock by removing Zeka Ashraf, who has taken a decision on principle at ICC big thee vote. Is govenment suggesting that Zeka Ashraf should have favoured big three at ICC. What a shame!

    What Najam Sethi has achieved in his last tenure that he will do now? Is none qualified more than Najam Sethi for this job in Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 10, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf is very gud for pakistan cricket...it is a bad news for all cricket lovers...

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    This is utterly disappointing and disgraceful. At least leave politics out of sports. Every time Pakistan cricket has to suffer, just because the new governments see a money making opportunity to stuff their faces. Misuse of power by the current government and I salute the people without common sense for voting the same corrupt parties over and over again. This shows that as a nation we Pakistanis are vulnerable and not willing to stand up. They make fake promises every time yet we don't learn from the mistakes of the past and fall into the same hands. Instead we bow down to these corrupt people, and choose to accept it. I am a die hard cricket fan, and what is happening to our nation on a whole is very disheartening but I guess due to our ignorance and incompetence we deserve what we are getting.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Insanity of highest order.These so called politicians learn nothing fro their past experiences.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    There should be no political figure either as chairman or in the board of governors ... There should only be cricketers deciding the issues ... Appointment of a journalist as PCB chairman is simply ridiculous and stupid ... is there any other cricketing nation having a journalist as a chairman ... stupidity at its best ...

  • POSTED BY tanveer131 on | February 10, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    He was the man who took responsibility when pak team were declining and lead them to much better position in no time. I think people forgot Ijaz Butt. Don't take him as a man who appointed by Zardari but should see what he did for pak cricket. Sethi is the man who is enjoying benefits since this govt elected first interim chief minister of Punjab and then PCB chairman. Everyone should know why a journalist get this type of rewards in such a short period of time.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | February 10, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Great! They never grow up. First they tried to go through the court and now this dictatorship. You bet there will be some new faces in the team as well on political basis.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 10, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Pakistan cricket as usual, more controversies more solid performances!!!!!..The history says amongst the havoc situation pakistan hot favourite for Asia cup and World t20..that's us guys...

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    We criticize PCB for the political influences its is affected by and its poor management, folks ICC is even worse. it is also affected by political pressures and is run by greedy people. Cricket as a game will be affected a big time due to such power/money hungry boards. And after all these dramas, poor domestic structure and no home exposure for national team... we still expect our guys to do wonders.

  • POSTED BY umer03 on | February 10, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    i think it is totally political influence more than any thing else...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 10, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Where does that leave aamer sohail?

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 10, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    @Salar Ahmed: What fine job Ashraf was doing..Care to enlighten us all? Ashraf was just a big talk and nothing else..It's because of him that today we Pakistan cricket is suffering.We are at loss now in big 3 drama..God bless our cricket..

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | February 10, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    If any other team would go through what we go through it would destroy them. Pak still manages to kick ass regularly. Sure the batting limps a bit but we are stronger than anyone considering circumstances.

    Pak bowlers, I salute you!

  • POSTED BY Super_Eyes on | February 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Hahaha... After reading this news world must have realized that our problems are different.We find a chairman daily to govern the board rather than young players.Still We are doing quite good in cricket too!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    This Politicians influence in sports is destroying sports in Pakistan :(

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | February 10, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    I hope he wasn't removed just for standing against the big three? Politics and spirts in Pakistan, what do you expect.

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | February 10, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Saga Continues... Drama of Pak Cricket!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | February 10, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    pak and sl board are only boards which affected by their too much govt influence.....this make an unstable environment and the sole reason for PAK's decline over the year.....

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    simply pathetic.....!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Not fair at all on his part when he was performing his duties to the desire of Prime Minster of Pakistan who is the Patron in Chief of the board than what's so bad about him to be removed???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    the best thing which can be done is hold elections. but like last may, when court gave them 90 days, they will just drag their own tenure and enjoy benefits of power. his election has question marks but it cant be sorted by ad hoc management. why not a fresh election with all regions participating in it.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | February 10, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    @Salar Ahmed: What fine job Ashraf was doing..Care to enlighten us all? Ashraf was just a big talk and nothing else..It's because of him that today we Pakistan cricket is suffering.We are at loss now in big 3 drama..God bless our cricket..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    plz establish good governce. this liking and not liking system should finished

    wake up and stand Pakistan

    say no to favourism

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    Please make a stable PCB committee to see a strong Pak team...Please...we want more creative bowling and batting performers from Pakistan who are always offering something new...Please bring Teesra.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    A pathetic power tussle. He was doing an absolutely fine job and the government, the PM in particular, just could not resist the temptation to appoint a man of their own liking. CA was right to say what they said but why do we have to embarrass ourselves again and again on the international arena. Just when things were starting to settle. Pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Najam sethi is the best choice. He has great communication ability.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    PCB needed all the support from govt and people in this time. We need to have a strong cricket board to confront big-3 and some very important decisions are to be made including appointment of national coaches.' His majesty', PM has played a reverse sweep on a square turner. Bad move for cricket, worse for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    And one would hope that the Prime Minister had better, more important things to worry about.

    Zaka Ashraf came with zero (negative?) credibility as he was appointed by the famous Mr. Zardari; who is well known for appointing cronies to top positions (case in point almost all ministerial positions, including the prime ministership).

    But since then, Zaka Ashraf has acted as one of the most sensible PCB chairmen in a long time. He also handled the Big3 issue admirably; and had taken many a positive step for the board, including the preparation of its first constitution.

    I, along with MOST pakistani supporters, would have liked to see him carry on despite his dubious re-election.

  • POSTED BY amumtaz on | February 10, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    You are in, you are out, you are in, and you are out again! Here we go again!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Big Loss for PCB. PM done a poor job as always :(

  • POSTED BY linsen on | February 10, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    Taliban didn't mention that remove Zaka ahraf from the PCB chairman ship.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | February 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Here also the fans are blaming India ,You should know that In India BCCI is not controlled by any government eventhough some politicians are in the committee.It is above the government.But it is mostly run by business men and professionals.They dont take any funds from government and infact funds are provided to other organisations from their revenue.But you cannot say that for SLC or PCB they are simply extention of the government and the funds from ICC they are funded some what by the government and also ICC funds and the decisions are also political .For eg Stadia in humbanthotta.The ICC funds were invested in stadias and not for the development of grass root cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    not good for cricket of pakistan i would term it as imuture may be politically motivated

  • POSTED BY Farooq3 on | February 10, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Regardless of who is made the PCB chairman - Zaka Asharaf will always be remembered as a man of honor who took a principle stand and did not given to the "deal making circus" put up by the Big3!

  • POSTED BY linsen on | February 10, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Oh god' poor pakistan once again in the trouble. Already they r facing alots of problems and now once new problem. i think he is the right man for this job even he was not a cricketer but he has good cricket mind and he knws better what to do for the pak cricket. its means now will be the whole cricket structure be change. Amir suhail? booling coach? new manager zakir khan? there fore pak has no value in the icc bec they dont have permanent cricket committe. all the chairmans laught at them. shame shame pakistan. no cricket in pak. no ipl? no series wd india? how will be the relation with aus' eng and sa after this? extremely feeling sorry for this poor country. god help them. they ll never learn from their mistakes. they r going from down to down. what will u except more after this?

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    wow,,,,,its all about big 3

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    He is a great administrator and businessman he shown his skills with foreign policy he did best for the country he saw there is nothing to gain he made sure PCB don't lose anything

  • POSTED BY Usman_Jilani on | February 10, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    I am just sick and tired of everything that has happened in Pakistan Cricket. When will things get sorted out, and when can we move on? Cricket is not the game it use to be, when it was a gentleman game. Now it seems to be all the money hungry people and politicians who are taking over. I miss Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ubaidaleem on | February 10, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    In a way CA chairman was right in his comment to Zaka Ashraf. The government could not resist the temptation of staying in the news. What a pity...

  • POSTED BY Thrall on | February 10, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    come on Grow up ! it was not the right time for this move. Mr. PM should have strengthen ZAKA hands @ this point of time especially when he took stand against big 3. for love of cricket

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    guys 2 things it was coming. it is not a surprise. when they withdrawn appeal last month, it was widely reported that they will go this route.

    2 nd its nothing to do with big3 like some comments. if they wanted other decision they would not have waited this long. pcb's stance was public and 3 weeks old. nothing new in it.

    its just power tussle and same old politics.

  • POSTED BY ever_green on | February 10, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    It means seesaw game is not over yet. Any how, I recommend ZAHEER ABBBAS as new PCB Chairman.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | February 10, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    was a time when Pakistan used to change Captains that frequently ,now , PCB chairmen are been replaced that frequently ,within a period of few months.first ,it was ejaz butt ,than came zaka ashraf, he was removed, replaced by najam sethi ,than zaka ashraf came back ,than he was again removed, now came the a-hoc committee.making fun of ourselves.he was removed at a time , when he was representing our Country in ICC , against the big 3,he was doing a fine job,we needed him at present, every meeting their is been represented by a new face from our side every time, their will be no weight in what we say there.a poor decision by the government , at the wrong time.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    nothing surprising in it. it was widely reported last month when govt did withdraw a petition that they will do it with executive powers instead of appealing in court. got a bit delayed because of icc meetings.

    i dont think it has anything to do with big3 stance. as PCB's stance was well known for last 3 weeks so if govt wanted to change stance, they would have done it before.

    this is the ongoing tussle for power. no doubt Zakkas election was not fair. but after may last year the interim chairman or board did nothing towards new fair election. they just dragged their own tenure. and same will happen now.

    the best thing would be to just hold fresh elections and elect new chairman but doesnt look like.

    wrong timing and wrong decisions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Is this was condition from Taliban for dealing

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    i cant believe the mess Pakistán cricket is in ,playing politics again ,

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Pro Indian Govt don't want see brave man like Ashraf.... his decision to vote against India cost him the job but he will be our hero forever.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Very good job... Please this time make any Cricketing Sense Person.

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_notgoingdown on | February 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    wow great i thought this movie has ended but i guess its not.. all thanx to pro indian govt we got. huh!!! "who wants to be chairmen" new movie all across the country!!!

  • POSTED BY Mobin_My_Name on | February 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Very very bad decision :(

  • POSTED BY yousafzi on | February 10, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    A very bad decision by Pakistan government.

  • POSTED BY nusratv on | February 10, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Here we go again, from one crisis to another. Good luck Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    thats all we need before some important tournaments asia cup T20 WC and WC 2015 why do we opperate like this PM should not be patron of the cricket board sport minster should be head of that simple as that people who have played cricket should be in charge of cricket same goes with all the other sports and all answerable to the sports minster we got people who dont know the ABC of sport incharge all sports in pak need sorting out espically squash hockey and cricket pak used to rule the world in these sports but greed neglect people who dont understand sport favourism has ruined most of the talent pick people on merit no offence to najam sethi and zaka ashraf one was a news paper journalist the other a banker how do they know what are the needs of the game there are 100 of ex sportsmen that can serve these position better

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    is this the reward for deny of Big three???

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  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    is this the reward for deny of Big three???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    thats all we need before some important tournaments asia cup T20 WC and WC 2015 why do we opperate like this PM should not be patron of the cricket board sport minster should be head of that simple as that people who have played cricket should be in charge of cricket same goes with all the other sports and all answerable to the sports minster we got people who dont know the ABC of sport incharge all sports in pak need sorting out espically squash hockey and cricket pak used to rule the world in these sports but greed neglect people who dont understand sport favourism has ruined most of the talent pick people on merit no offence to najam sethi and zaka ashraf one was a news paper journalist the other a banker how do they know what are the needs of the game there are 100 of ex sportsmen that can serve these position better

  • POSTED BY nusratv on | February 10, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    Here we go again, from one crisis to another. Good luck Pakistan cricket.

  • POSTED BY yousafzi on | February 10, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    A very bad decision by Pakistan government.

  • POSTED BY Mobin_My_Name on | February 10, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Very very bad decision :(

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_notgoingdown on | February 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    wow great i thought this movie has ended but i guess its not.. all thanx to pro indian govt we got. huh!!! "who wants to be chairmen" new movie all across the country!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Very good job... Please this time make any Cricketing Sense Person.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Pro Indian Govt don't want see brave man like Ashraf.... his decision to vote against India cost him the job but he will be our hero forever.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 10, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    i cant believe the mess Pakistán cricket is in ,playing politics again ,

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Is this was condition from Taliban for dealing