ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday became the country's first elected head of the sport, winning a four-year term under a new constitution approved earlier this year.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) directed all its members to run their boards democratically and without government interference, threatening sanctions for any board that did not meet its requirements by June 2013.

Ashraf, 60, has been PCB chairman since October 2011, when he was appointed by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari under the old system.

But the PCB's governing board elected him back into the job under the new regulations, having presented the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a new constitution last month.

“Zaka Ashraf has taken over as the first elected chairman of the PCB who will serve his tenure of four years from today as prescribed in the PCB constitution,” the board said in a statement.

Alan Isaac, the ICC president, last month commended the PCB's effort to reform.

Despite Ashraf's election, the PCB is reportedly facing opposition from various associations and former PCB chiefs on the voting process.

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Aftab Kenneth Wilson
May 8, 2013 10:02 pm

Good to note that all was done constitutionally and in a fair manner. Congrats Zaka sahib.

Khuram Nisar
May 9, 2013 12:15 am

Good to hear about the constitution and election; especially about Chairman Zaka Ashraf. Good job Zaka. At least, we don't have Butt anymore who ruined our cricket during his legacy.

May 9, 2013 10:19 am

The only good thing that Zardari did was the appointment of Zaka Ashraf. Almost cricket observers and ex-players are convinced that now Pakistan cricket I moving in the right direction. recent camp held in Abbottabad, king of speed bowling competition, six young pacers joining national team camp is a good example of it.

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