In a surprising turn of events, Zaka Ashraf tendered his resignation from the position of Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Interim Management Committee (IMC) on Friday. This decision comes two weeks before the scheduled expiration of the IMC’s tenure and follows the fourth meeting of the committee held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.
Zaka Ashraf, a well-known figure in Pakistan cricket, expressed that his decision to step down was driven by his commitment to the betterment of cricket. “I was working for cricket’s betterment,” he stated, leaving the future leadership of the committee in the hands of Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar. Ashraf added, “Now it is up to Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar, whomever he nominates [will take my place].”
This development unfolded just three days after the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) disallowed Zaka Ashraf from conducting an IMC meeting. The meeting was intended to form the Board of Governors (BoGs), a crucial step preceding the elections for the PCB chairman, who would serve a three-year term.
A statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed Zaka Ashraf’s resignation, stating, “Zaka Ashraf announced that he has decided to tender his resignation as chairman and member of the MC to the caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.”
It’s noteworthy that Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar had previously extended the term of the Zaka Ashraf-led Management Committee in November 2023.
During Ashraf’s tenure, Pakistan participated in two major cricket competitions – the Asia Cup and the ODI World Cup. However, the team’s performance in both tournaments was disappointing, raising questions about the leadership and strategy employed during this period.
As the cricket fraternity absorbs this unexpected development, the resignation of Zaka Ashraf prompts reflections on the future of cricket administration in Pakistan and the upcoming leadership changes within the PCB.
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