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Zaka Ashraf’s Tenure as PCB Chief Extended for Three Months

The federal government has extended the tenure of Zaka Ashraf, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Management Committee, for three months. This decision was announced through a notification issued by the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC).

The Management Committee, under Ashraf’s leadership, is tasked with finalising the board of governance (BoG) and conducting the election of the PCB chairman at the earliest. The committee is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day affairs of the PCB. However, the notification clarified that the committee is not authorised to make any policy decisions or high-level appointments.

The extension of Ashraf’s tenure comes at a time when his leadership is under scrutiny. Allegations of flagrant misdoings and unconstitutional decisions have been raised by a member of his own management committee, Zulfiqar Malik. These allegations were made public in an email addressed to Ashraf and the management committee.

Ashraf took over the reins of the PCB from Najam Sethi in July earlier this year. His appointment was part of a broader restructuring of the PCB’s management, which saw the formation of a new 10-member committee. This committee was approved by the federal government and was initially formed for a period of four months.

The notification further stated that the Management Committee will not be granted an extension beyond the newly announced three months. This suggests that the committee has a limited timeframe to complete its primary task of finalising the BoG and conducting the election of the PCB chairman.

The extension of Ashraf’s tenure and the ongoing allegations against him have added a new dimension to the dynamics of cricket administration in Pakistan. It remains to be seen how these developments will impact the future direction of the PCB and cricket in the country.

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