It has been only six months since he took charge. He was not exactly the president, after Nazam Shetty, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was running under a ‘Management Committee’, headed by Zaka Ashraf. But this month, his name has been involved in many controversies.
Zaka Ashraf resigned as PCB chief today. The reason given is that it is not possible for him to continue in the way he wanted to improve cricket. Pakistan’s media outlet Geo News reported the news as a ‘source’ of those concerned.
‘I was working for the betterment of cricket, but it is not possible for us to continue working like this. Now everything is in the hands of the Prime Minister (Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar), he will nominate someone of his choice (as PCB chief)’ – Zaka Ashraf said at the ongoing PCB committee meeting, Geo News quoted sources as saying.
The Zaka Ashraf-led committee was extended by Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar in the caretaker government last November.
During Zaka Ashraf’s tenure, Pakistan played in two major tournaments – the Asia Cup ODI and the ODI World Cup. Both failed. At this time, Zaka Ashraf is involved in many controversies. He later withdrew from his position after protesting that most of the matches in the Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan were played in Sri Lanka. And Zaka Ashraf has been criticized from all sides in two controversies in the World Cup.
Before the India-Pakistan match, he said, without naming India, that Pakistan’s players would try to boost the morale of the players wherever they go to play in ‘enemy countries’. No one can possibly doubt that he meant India as an enemy state. However, after criticism about this, he withdrew from his comments.
Zaka Ashraf’s role in the leak of his WhatsApp messages with the then Pakistan captain Babar Azam during the World Cup was criticized by the media.