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Chaos in PCB, Pak SC suspends IHC order reinstating Ashraf

The turmoil in the Pakistan Cricket Board continued on Wednesday with a three-member bench of the Supreme Court suspending the Islamabad High Court’s earlier decision of reinstating Zaka Ashraf as chairman of the PCB.

The three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Anwar Zahir Jamali gave its decision after hearing arguments of the counsel for the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) which had filed the petition against the reinstatement of Ashraf.

Counsel Asma Jahangir told the bench that the IHC’s intrusion into cricket matters had undermined the sport and hit Pakistan’s image at home and abroad.

The three member bench annulled the IHC’s decision given by Justice Nurul Haq Qureshi that ordered the reinstatement of Ashraf last Saturday.

The Supreme Court has now issued notices to the concerned parties to appear before it on May 27 for further hearing and arguments of the petition.

Today’s ruling means that the situation remains uncertain in Pakistan cricket as no one is sure what will happen at the May 27 hearing.

“It is not a decision just a stay order and I intend to contest it vigorously as I am the legally elected head of the board,” Ashraf told reporters in Lahore.

He said he respected the court`s orders, adding that facts were not presented during judicial procedures and he would personally do so at the next hearing.

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