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Former PCB chief Zaka Ashraf challenges his sacking in court

ISLAMABAD: Former chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Zaka Ashraf has challenged his sacking in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ARY News reported on Tuesday.

In a petition, Zaka said he was sacked unconstitutionally from the post of PCB chairman. The petition was filed by his lawyer at the IHC.

It was stated in a petition that the notification issued by government, regarding sacking of Zaka Ashraf was illegal and it should be declared null and void.

Chief justice IHC will take up the petition for hearing tomorrow (Wednesday).

Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had removed Zaka Ashraf from his post. The prime minister had also dissolved the governing board of the PCB. The PM took the decision after amending the PCB constitution in exercise of his powers being a patron-in-chief of the PCB.

Subsequently, a 11-member interim committee was constituted to run PCB affairs. The committee is mandated to elect the ad-hoc chairman of PCB. The committee members include Shakil Sheikh, Iqbal Qasim, Yousuf Khokhar, Shehryar Khan, Najam Sethi, Zaheer Abbas and Naveed Akram.

It is pertinent to mention here that the IHC, on July 19, 2013, had declared appointment of Mr. Ashraf illegal and directed the then PCB chief Najam Sethi to hold elections within 90 days. However, on January 15, 2014 Mr. Ashraf was restored on his position by the IHC after he had filed an intra-court appeal, challenging his sacking.

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