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Pakistan Cricket Board chairman resigns, official says

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman resigns, official says

The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Shaharyar Khan, resigned Friday and former cricketer Nasim Ashraf will replace him, a senior government official said.
"Yes, Shaharyar Khan has resigned, and Nasim Ashraf has been appointed as the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board," the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
Ashraf, who is also a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board, is currently chairman of the state-run National Commission for Human Development. He was expected to assume his new responsibilities on Saturday.
Although Khan was not immediately available for comment, his reported resignation came a day after the board appointed Mohammed Yousuf as captain of the national team after Younis Khan refused to lead the team in the Champions Trophy.
The selection of Yousuf came two days ahead of the squad's departure for India for the limited-overs tournament.
Khan had been appointed chairman in December 2003 for a three-year term, and had been under pressure since Aug. 20 when umpire Darrell Hair accused Pakistani players of altering the ball on the fourth day of the Oval test in London.
Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq protested the five-run penalty for alleged ball-tampering, and refused to come in the field immediately after the tea break, despite being called by Hair.
The umpire subsequently awarded the match to England.
It was the first forfeit in 129 years in test cricket and England won the series 3-0.
However, the International Cricket Council on Sept. 28 cleared the Pakistani team of ball altering, but banned Inzamam for four one-day matches for disrepute.
On Friday, Ashraf told The AP that he didn't know why Khan had resigned, but would try his best to "ensure unity among the team members" and run the board in a "transparent manner."
"I will meet with the team members on Saturday. I will do whatever is possible to make them a strong team so that they can win matches for Pakistan," he said.


Updated : 2021-04-11 07:02 GMT+08:00