PCB begins probe into ‘unaccounted’ spending of 200, 000 dollars during Zaka Ashraf’s tenure

Johannesburg: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has reportedly began an investigation into the spending of 200, 000 dollars during the tenure of former chairman Mohammad Zaka Ashraf as the current board believes that the amount was not accounted for.

The spending relates to the rocky 22-month tenure of Ashraf, who was recently suspended by the Supreme Court despite being re-appointed for the third time to the post by the Islamabad High Court.

According to Sport24, the move came after the compilation of an internal audit report, with a board statement saying that the management committee took note of the outstanding arrears of approximately 20 million rupees detailed in the internal audit report for the period Ashraf was chairman.

The report mentioned that the internal audit report shows several unaccounted ticket purchases during Pakistan’s 2012-13 tour of India and during the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June last year.

With international cricket teams refusing to play in Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, the PCB has been hard pressed for income, although Ashraf has denied any wrongdoing and termed the allegations ‘a smear campaign’.

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