Zaka pronounces discipline as his guiding principle


New-appointed PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that maintaining discipline would be his first priority in the Pakistan team. Zaka said that players with attitude will be dealt with an iron hand. “Since I was appointed Chairman of the board on October 11, people have been calling me up from all over the world and urging me to bring in improvement to Pakistan cricket and the board,” reports quoted him as saying. “One thing is clear in my mind. I will not tolerate any groupings or monopoly either in the board or in the national team. There is no question of compromise on this issue,” he said. “Secondly, it is a fact that some cricketers have been responsible for bringing a bad name to Pakistan and Pakistanis all over the world, and I can only tell those players that they will be dealt with an iron hand and no leniency will be shown to them,” he added. Pakistan’s image has taken a beating in the last two years because of the involvement of some players in not only spot—fixing but also in other unethical practices. Ashraf, however, ruled out any immediate changes in the board or national team management.
The successful businessman has been chosen by President Asif Zardari to head the board. Ashraf, who will take charge from today, also said that he would continue to enforce the positive and productive policies of his predecessor Butt, but would rectify the failed or wrong policies of the board. “I will only try to change those policies that didn’t benefit either the team or the PCB,” he said.
Butt’s three-year reign was full of controversies and scandals that made him the target of much criticism. But during his tenure the performance of the national team and the financial position of the PCB improved a lot. Ashraf, who has been given the task of heading the PCB after having served as the head of the Zarai Taraqyati Bank, noted that it would not be easy to reform an institution like PCB but said that he had accepted the challenge.
“That is why I don’t have any plans to make immediate changes in the board. Let me work for a month’s time, after that I will be in a better position to take decisions and decide if and where changes are required. “I believe anything is possible if you take decisions on merit and with a clear conscience,” he added. Ashraf, who is facing a case of misuse of power while heading the ZTBL in the Supreme Court, said he would soon meet former cricketing greats like Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad and others to listen to their views and also inform them about what he plans to do. Imran has already said that the induction of Ashraf will not bring in any improvement in Pakistan cricket and called for dismantling the system of the chief patron of the board, the President appointing the Chairman. Ashraf said there were no immediate plans to appoint Zaheer Abbas as Chief Operating Officer of the board in place of Subhan Ahmad.


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