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Ashraf at a Feeder School
|Known for||Social studies work, human development, cricket|
|Organizations:||National Commission for Human Development||Pakistan Cricket Board|
|Duration:||July 2002 – present||October 2006 – August 2008|
Nasim Ashraf (Urdu: نسيم أشرف) was the Chairman of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), Pakistan and a Minister of State. Prior to that, Ashraf served as the Team Leader for the President’s Task Force on Human Development in 2001. He was also appointed as chairman PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) by the President of Pakistan in October 2006. He resigned from the post of Pakistan Cricket Board on 18 August 2008 when president Pervez Musharraf resigned from presidency on 18 August 2008.
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Ashraf comes from a pioneering cricketing family of the NWFP. His maternal grandfather, Karim Baksh, played First-Class cricket in India and was one of the first elected members of the Pakistan Cricket Board in 1949. Ashraf had a very brief first-class cricket career, spanning just 3 matches for the Peshawar Cricket Association in the 1969–70 Quaid-e-Azam Cricket Trophy where as a middle-order batsman. He scored 50 runs, with a best of 21 and a duck on debut.
He also played for the Pakistan Under 19 team which played against the English team in the year of 1969. He was appointed as the chairman PCB due to his vast management expertise. He was responsible for bringing about the Constitution of the Pakistan Cricket Board albeit after some serious delays. The task was first entrusted to Shahrayar Khan, who resigned and Nasim Ashraf finally succeeded in getting the Constitution restored after having it vetted to make it more corporate in nature. The new Constitution mandates a 14-member governing board with four representatives of the regional associations, one representative of the cricket playing organisations, two representatives of the players, and seven technocrats specialising in finance, law, media, and management. This new Constitution has significantly diluted the powers of the chairman.
He was elected to the Chairmanship of the Asian Cricket Council in June 2008.
Submission and rejection of resignation
In March 2007, having been in the position for five months after he took over from Shaharyar Khan who stood down in October, Ashraf tendered his own resignation, accepting responsibility for the Pakistan team's first round exit from the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies at the hands of young Irish Cricket Team. But his resignation was subsequently rejected by president Pervez Musharraf who was asked him to "continue his duty to rebuild the Pakistan cricket team on modern and professional lines".
Other appointments and positions
- Team Leader, President of Pakistan’s Human Development, 2001
- Co-Chair Human Development Foundation of North America
- Chairman, Oregon Medical Association Public Health Committee, 1993
- Chairman, APPNA-SEHAT, 1989–1999
- President, PAK-PAC, 1990–1991, 1993–94
- President, Douglas County Medical Society, 1992
- President, Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America, 1987–1998
- Delegate, Oregon Medical Association, 1993–1996
- Director, International Association of American Physicians, 1988
- Member of Board, PAK-PAK, 1990 – present
- Member of Board, Islamic Center, Eugene, Oregon, 1982–1987
- Member APPNA Advisory Task Force to Ministry of Health, Government of Pakistan, 1982
Awards and honours
- Conferred Sitara-i-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan in 2006 for 30 years of distinguished public service.
- UNESCO INTERNATIONAL AWARD for Literacy in 2006.
- Awarded Gold Medal for the Most Outstanding Graduate of Khyber Medical College 1956–2004 on occasion of KMC’s Golden Jubilee.
- Lifetime Achievement Award by Khyber Medical College Alumni Association of North America. 2004.
- Gold Medal Award by Sohni Dharti 2004
- Star Man of the Year Award by South Asia Publications (SAP) – 2003.
- Recipient of American College of Physicians Linda Rosenthal Award 2002.
- Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award given by the American College of Physicians, 2002
- Special Award from Fairfax County, Virginia, USA for promoting Asian American Harmony. 2000
- Institute of Overseas Pakistani’s, Gold Medal Award, 1996
- WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA, 1994
- APPNA Gold Medal Award, 1993
- APPNA Presidential Award, 1986
- Khyber Medical College Dean’s Award for Service to Alma Mater, 1998
- South Douglas County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award, 1992
- Best Student of the School, St. Mary’s Cambridge School, Peshawar, 1965
- Merit Scholarship Recipient, Peshawar Board of Education, Pakistan, 1967
- Graduated with Honors Final M.B.B.S, 1972 (Fourth position in Class)
- American Medical Association
- Oregon Medical Association
- Douglas County Medical Society
- American College of Physicians
- Renal Physicians Association & American Society of Hypertension
- Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America
- Islamic Medical Association
- National Kidney Foundation
- PG County Medical Society
Publications and lectures
- 26–29 July 2002 – The 2002 Caux Dialogue “New Challenges for Muslims & Non-Muslims”
- 26 April 1998 – Columbia University, New York, NY “Human Development Policy Options for Pakistan in the 21st Century”
- 7 March 1998 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, “Role of Civil Society in Development”
- December 1997 – AWAZ TV Program, Washington, DC, Panelist “Current Political Crisis in Pakistan”
- November 1997 – AWAZ TV Program, Washington, DC, Annual Dinner chaired by Mr. Moeen Qureshi, former Prime Minister of Pakistan “Civic Responsibilities of Pakistani Americans”
- September 1997 – Wake Forest, NC, American Institute of Pakistan Studies: 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Pakistan. AIPS – Panel discussion on “Jinnah” along with Prof. Akbar S. Ahmed and Chief Justice (retd.) Nasim Hassan Khan.
- July 1997 – New York, NY, APPNA Annual Conference, “Human Development issues in Pakistan” Co-Chair of Symposium along with Mahbub ul Haq, former Finance Minister of Pakistan
- March 1997 – George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Symposium on Occasion of Pakistan’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations “Participants of Young Pakistani Americans in the Political Process in America”
- October 1996 – “Jinnah”, “What he means to Pakistani Americans.” Launch of the film Jinnah at Waldrof Astoria, New York, NY
- July 1996 – APPNA SEHAT, Primary Health Care Model and Role of Civil Society in Development in Pakistan Institute of Overseas Pakistanis, Islamabad
- June 1996 – Portland State University, Portland Oregon “Clash of Civilizations – Reality or Myth.” (MET Conference)
- July 1995 – Dallas, TX, APPNA Annual Convention, “Geo Political role of Pakistan in South Asia”
- July 1994 – Istanbul, Turkey, International Conference on Health of IMA APPNA SEHAT Prime Health Care model for Developing Countries
- October 1992 – “APPNA SEHAT”, What expatriate Pakistanis owe Pakistan, London, APPUKI
- May 1992 – Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon, “Islam, Judaism & Christianity, the Common Link.”
- Members' Profile Section, National Commission for Human Development
- "Qayyum, Aziz, Nasim resign" Daily Times, 19 August 2008
- "Nasim Ashraf". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- Cricinfo staff (20 March 2007). "Chairman, selectors offer resignations". Cricinfo.com.
- Cricinfo staff (30 March 2007). "Ashraf's resignation rejected". Cricinfo.com.