Karachi: Zaka Ashraf on Wednesday became the first elected head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a four-year term.

Ashraf was elected as per the provisions of the new PCB constitution. According to previous provision, a PCB chief was nominated by the President of Pakistan.

Ashraf and former Lahore Stock Exchange chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan were locked in a two-way race for the post but the nomination committee, which had its first meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, unanimously recommended Ashraf's name for the post.

"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.

The ICC had, in 2011, directed all its member boards across the world to become autonomous and get free from their respective government’s interference by June 2013.

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


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