Pakistan PM sacks board, appoints committee to run sport

KARACHI, (Reuters) – The Pakistan government dismissed the country’s cricket board yesterday and appointed an ad-hoc committee to run the sport.

Following an order from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, an 11-member committee will run cricket in the country, replacing the Zaka Ashraf-led Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), of which Sharif is the chief patron.

“Zaka Ashraf has been dismissed on several charges by the Prime minister, who is a great lover of the sport,” Shakil Sheikh, a member of the committee, told Geo News channel.

“The charges include that he (Ashraf) left Pakistan isolated in world cricket with his mishandling of the big three issue and there were also financial mismanagement and appointments in his tenure.”

Pakistan and Sri Lanka abstained from voting on Saturday when the International Cricket Council board passed structural and financial reforms to effective place India, England and Australia in charge of the game.

The new committee includes former test players Zaheer Abbas and Iqbal Qasim and former board chiefs Shaharyar Khan and Najam Sethi.

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