The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday confirmed that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan had handed in his resignation, which was unanimously accepted by the PCB’s Board of Governors. It bears mentioning that Wasim Khan resigned from his post four months before the end of his three-year contract.
“The Board of Governors of the Pakistan Cricket Board today met via videoconference in which they unanimously accepted the resignation of Chief Executive Wasim Khan, who had joined the PCB on a three-year contract on 1 February 2019.” said the official statement by PCB.
Wasim Khan is an MBA from Warwick Business School and a former professional cricketer who played cricket in England from 1995 to 2001, during which he represented Warwickshire, Sussex and Derbyshire. He also played cricket in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
It is pertinent to mention that Wasim Khan’s resignation comes shortly after the appointment of new PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja, who has called for a complete overhaul of the system. In his inaugural address, he called for a complete resetting of the Pakistan Cricket’s compass and direction.
However, Ramiz Raja praised the performance of Wasim Khan. “During his time with the PCB, Wasim Khan provided excellent leadership, particularly following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic when very little information was available and precise decision-making was required to ensure cricket remained unaffected and continued to be played at the domestic and international levels.” said Raja after the meeting of PCB’s Board of Governors (BoG).
“The PCB owes Wasim Khan a debt of gratitude for his good leadership and we wish him well in his future plans and career endeavors.” he added.
Meanwhile, Wasim Khan said that it was an honor and a privilege to serve the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Pakistan Cricket Board and hugely satisfying to see the resumption of Test cricket with Sri Lanka playing Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi, and the homecoming of the HBL Pakistan Super League during the last two years.” said Khan.
“When I arrived in 2019, there was a real need to build relationships and restore and enhance the global image and reputation of the PCB and Pakistan cricket. With decisive and strategic decision-making, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, we succeeded in earning the goodwill and respect of the global cricketing family, which I am hopeful will lead to increased international cricket being hosted in Pakistan in future.” he added.
“With a five-year strategy in place, new domestic structure in its third season and the investment in women’s cricket in an upward direction, I feel it is the right time to move on and reunite with my young family. They have sacrificed a lot so that I could fulfill my dreams of contributing to Pakistan cricket, which will always remain very close to my heart.” continued Wasim Khan in his statement.
“I am grateful to have worked with all our fantastic commercial partners and the passionate people at the PCB. I would also like to thank each and every one of my staff for supporting me as well as the Pakistan men and women players, and the Pakistan cricket fans.” he concluded while wishing PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja the very best during his tenure.