Zaka Ashraf's appointment as PCB chairman challenged

Updated: May 8, 2013, 11:27 PM IST
Zaka Ashraf's appointment as PCB chairman challenged

Islamabad: A former member of the PCB's board of governors filed a petition in Lahore High Court on Wednesday against the election of Zaka Ashraf as the new Pakistan Cricket Board chairman. Mohammad Anwar said in his petition that "unbridled powers are conferred upon the patron for the appointment of the chairman without following the open and transparent selection process."

The PCB's 11-member board of governors earlier chose Ashraf after he was recommended by its four-member nomination committee. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the patron of the PCB, had shortlisted Ashraf and Aftab Ahmad Khan - a former chairman of Lahore Stock Exchange - for the post.

Both were interviewed by the nomination committee on Wednesday. Zardari directly appointed Ashraf as chairman last year. However, a new election process was triggered when the PCB's constitution was amended after the International Cricket Council set a June deadline requiring more independence for cricket boards.

Two members of the nomination committee - a retired judge and a government official - were directly appointed by Zardari, while the other two were from the board of governors. Lahore High Court judge Abid Aziz Sheikh has asked the PCB to file their comments by June 18.

First Published: May 8, 2013, 11:27 PM IST

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