Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistan Prime Minister, stood down Zaka Ashraf from the position of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman on Monday (February 10), in what was the latest incident in a long-running saga.
In a notice, Sharif confirmed Ashraf’s removal, and announced the appointment of an 11-man interim committee to run the PCB in the absence of a permanent chairman.
It was the second time in under a year that Ashraf was unseated as PCB chairman. In May 2013, the Islamabad High Court ruled that Ashraf had been elected after a “dubious” election process and ordered his suspension. Following a series of legal challenges, however, Ashraf was reinstated on January 15.
Ashraf, however, revealed he was yet to receive formal documentation confirming his ouster. “I have yet to see the notification,” he told reporters in Lahore. “If I am removed, I will consult my lawyers to decide the course of action.”
The interim committee appointed by Sharif held the power to select a chairman, with Najam Sethi, who had a brief stint in the position after Ashraf’s earlier removal, considered the favourite to take over. Apart from Sethi, the committee also included Shaharyar Khan, Iqbal Qasim and Zaheer Abbas.