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.
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 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 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.
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".
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.”