Former PCB chairman rejects allegations

WASHINGTON: Dr Naseem Ashraf, former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and a friend of former president Gen Pervez Musharraf (retd) has rejected allegations of embezzlement of millions of rupees in various accounts of the board, Geo News reported.

He defended himself and said he would go to Pakistan to face the charges. He was of the view that Auditor General of Pakistan had conducted audit, which did not prove any embezzlement in the accounts.

A preliminary inquiry conducted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Supreme Court orders has accused Ashraf of misappropriation.

Ashraf has been charged with misappropriation of millions of rupees in different PCB accounts, including non-recovery of Rs 12 million from some TV channels, Rs 20 million spent on legal experts, unnecessary expenses of Rs 65 million on development of playgrounds, Rs 7.4 million spent on fake consultancy, Rs 148 million spent without documentation, Rs 10 million spent without following legal procedures besides leaving outstanding dues of Rs 24.12 million.