Zaka feels victory of democracy in cricket

‘Hopefully Nawaz Sharif will let me work as PCB chief this time’

ISLAMABAD – Zaka Ashraf who is reinstated as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by the Islamabad High Court (IHC), has said that his restoration is the victory of democracy in cricket.

Talking to a private TV channel, he said that all the 18 PCB employees, who had been sacked with him, now stood reinstated. To a question, he said that hopefully Prime Minister Nawaz Sahrif would let him work as the PCB chief this time.

IHC had stopped Zaka from working as the PCB chairman after his election to the office was challenged as mala fide. He was barred from performing his duties on the grounds that the process of his election was not transparent. On June 24, 2013 the case adjourned till further notice.

The same court reinstated Zaka Ashraf as PCB head on January 15, 2014. The decision to reinstate Zaka was taken by a two-member division bench consisting of Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan. The court accepted the intra-court appeal against the decision by a single-member bench consisting of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

On July 19, 2013, the appointment of Zaka was declared illegal and acting PCB chief Najam Sethi was directed to hold elections within 90 days. Interestingly, for failing to hold the elections, Sethi was also fired but reinstated the same day. At the time of his reinstatement, the court had also trimmed Sethi's powers barring him from any crucial functions.

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