Zaka Ashraf

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Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf
چوہدری محمد ذکا اشرف
Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board
In office
15 January 2014 – 10 February 2014
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
Preceded byNajam Sethi (Acting)
Succeeded byNajam Sethi
In office
27 October 2011 – 24 June 2013
PresidentAsif Ali Zardari
Preceded byIjaz Butt
Succeeded byNajam Sethi (Acting)
President of Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
In office
9 September 2008 – 25 October 2011
Personal details
Muhammad Zaka Ashraf

(1952-09-09) 9 September 1952 (age 70)
Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab Province, West-Pakistan

Chaudhry Muhammad Zaka Ashraf (Punjabi, Urdu: محمد ذكا اشرف; born 9 September 1952) is a Pakistani executive who was the president of the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL).[1] He was appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on 15 October 2011 by the President of Pakistan and took the charge on 27 October 2011.[2] However, on 10 February 2014, the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif dissolved the PCB governing board and sacked him from the chairmanship of PCB.[3] In August 2012, he was elected as chairman Development Committee of Asian Cricket Council.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Zaka has been associated with Pakistan Peoples Party since 1970, under the government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. While he was in college, he developed close ties with future politician Asif Ali Zardari, due to their similar political views.[5]

Ashraf is an alumnus of the Sadiq Public School, Bahwalpur, and the Cadet College Petaro,[6] from where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1973.

Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board[edit]

Suspension by the Court[edit]

On 28 May 2013, the Islamabad High Court stopped Zaka Ashraf from working as Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman on the petition of that the election of Zaka as PCB chairman was malafide by the former coach of Pakistan Army Cricket team.[7] Moreover, the IHC had barred him from performing his duties on the grounds that the process of his election was not transparent. On 24 June 2013, the case adjourned till further notice.


The Islamabad High Court reinstated Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on 15 January 2014. The decision to reinstate Ashraf was taken by a two-member division bench consisting of Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan. The court accepted the intra-court appeal against the decision by a single-member bench of IHC consisting of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. On 19 July 2013, the Islamabad High Court had declared the appointment of Ashraf "illegal" and directed the acting PCB chief Najam Sethi to hold elections within 90 days.[8]


  1. ^ "Zaka Ashraf confirmed as PCB chairman". ESPNcricinfo. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Zaka Ashraf appointed PCB chairman". The Express Tribune. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. ^ "PCB governing board dissolved, chairman Zaka Ashraf sacked ..." The News. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Radio Pakistan- NewsDetail". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Chairman - Ashraf Group of Industries". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Zaka Ashraf profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  7. ^ "IHC stops Zaka Ashraf from working as PCB chariman". The Express Tribune. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2022.
  8. ^ Umar Farooq (31 January 2014). "Pakistan Cricket News: Pakistan government withdraws petition against Zaka Ashraf". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 February 2014.