Nasim Ashraf 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.
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".