New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was on Monday removed from his position of J&K Cricket Association chief.
The veteran National Conference leader will be replaced by Imran Ansari, who was elected unopposed.
Ansari is a sports minister in the J&K government.
Abdullah also said his ouster was illegal and he had a three-year term to serve as the board's president.
Manzoor Wazir of the Kashmir Gymkhana cricket club told IANS here that of the 64 cricket clubs in the state affiliated to the JKCA, 42 took part in internal elections,
Mehboob Iqbal would be the new chairman, Muhammad Iqbal the general secretary and Abdul Rouf the new treasurer, he added.
This is the first time Farooq Abdullah has lost control of the JKCA after 1980 when he was first elected president of the association.
Critics have accused Abdullah of financial impropriety in the cricket body.
(With Agency inputs)