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Zaka Ashraf Ends his Stint as PCB Chairman, Cites Difficulties in Working

Zaka Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Management Committee, has resigned from his position, leaving the board in a state of uncertainty and chaos.

Ashraf, who was appointed as the chairman by replacing Najam Sethi on July 6, 2023, announced his decision during the Management Committee meeting on Friday. He said he was working for the betterment of cricket but faced difficulties in doing so.

“Now it is up to Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, whomever he nominates (will take my place),” he added.

Ashraf’s resignation comes just two weeks before his term was set to expire in the first week of February. He had received a three-month extension from the caretaker Prime Minister and the patron of the board, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, in November 2023.

Ashraf’s tenure was marked by several controversies and poor results on the field. He was accused of ‘flagrant misdoings and unconstitutional decisions’ by a committee member and faced a legal challenge over his eligibility for the post due to the absence of a mandatory B.A. degree.

Under his leadership, Pakistan played two major tournaments – the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup – but failed to reach the final of either. They also lost the Test series against Australia 3-0 and are trailing the T20I series against New Zealand 4-0 with one match remaining.

Ashraf also oversaw the overhaul of the team management and coaching staff after the World Cup. He removed the director Mickey Arthur and his team and appointed former captain Mohammad Hafeez as the team director and ex-pacer Wahab Riaz as the head of the selection committee. He also accepted the resignation of Babar Azam as the captain and named Shan Masood and Shaheen Afridi as the new leaders for Test and T20I formats respectively.

However, these changes did not bring any improvement in the team’s performance or morale. The players and the coaches have been expressing their dissatisfaction and frustration with the board’s policies and decisions.

Ashraf’s resignation has left the PCB in a limbo, as the board has to find a new chairman and a new Board of Governors within a short span of time. The IPC Ministry, which oversees the PCB affairs, has called for a meeting with the top PCB officials to discuss the matter.

The PCB and the cricket fans will be hoping that the new chairman will be able to restore the stability and credibility of the board and revive the fortunes of the national team.

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