Karachi: Stung by the criticism over the manner in which he has become the first elected chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf on Friday insisted that the process adopted by the PCB was according to recommendations of the International Cricket Council. Ashraf has come in for sharp criticism from former heads of the Board and former players over the manner he was elected as PCB chief on Wednesday under the new constitution.
Former captain Rashid Latif has challenged Ashraf's election in the Sindh High Court while the heads of regional cricket associations of Faisalabad and Sialkot have also gone to the Lahore High Court against the entire process. At a press conference in Lahore, Ashraf explained that his endorsement as chairman of PCB for the next four years was done through a representation process which has been approved by the ICC. He said though his election was not a completely democratic process, the representation process had been done as per ICC requirements.
Former PCB chief Shaharyar Khan too expressed fears that Pakistan could end up having its membership suspended by the International Cricket Council if the process was found to be faulty.
"I am really surprised over the manner in which this whole thing was held secretively and in a hurry. The General Body of the Board has been bypassed and this is not acceptable," Shaharyar, also a former foreign secretary and High Commissioner to New Delhi, said.
According to the amended constitution, the chairman is still a nominated candidate though one who is "endorsed" by ten elected members in the Board of Governors.
"The new constitution complies with the recommendations made by the ICC and has been accepted, appreciated and welcomed by the ICC. It has been a much-needed transition and a necessary step in ensuring the development and better administration of the game of cricket. The key features of the constitution were also discussed individually with the ICC president and CEO and it fulfils the requirements of parameters laid down by them. The PCB is fully compliant," Ashraf said.
"The new constitution entrusts the Board of Governors (BoG) with greater responsibility and the power to make regulations for the better governance of the PCB," he added.