The Chief Executive Officer of the PCB, Wasim Khan has stepped down from his role on Wednesday. The PCB confirmed the news with an official statement. “Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed Wasim Khan has tendered his resignation as Chief Executive. As is the process, the BOG (Board of Governors) will meet later today to consider the matter.”
Wasim Kahn’s resignation adds to the spate of exits in PCB since Ramiz Raja took over as the Chairman of PCB earlier this month. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis both had stepped down from their roles too.
The resignation of Wasim Khan comes when Pakistan Cricket is in a dire situation following the abrupt withdrawal of New Zealand & England from their upcoming Pakistan tour. These two series were very crucial for the boost of Cricket in Pakistan & PCB had major expectations from these two series. A section of Pakistan cricket blamed the CEO for his inability to convince the teams to play in the country.
Wasim Khan’s three-year contract will end in February next year however Wasim’s surprising decision came on the back of his unwillingness to continue as PCB CEO beyond his initial period. Former Chairman of PCB Ehsan mani recruited Wasim Khan as PCB CEO in 2019. Even Mani offered Wasim Khan the extension of his tenure for another three years but that didn’t work with Ramiz becoming the new chairman changed the dynamics within the PCB.
Taking the role of CEO of PCB in 2019, Wasim Khan has enjoyed success in maintaining the new corporate structure formulated by Ehsan Mani. He enabled the revamping of the domestic cricket department and combining it with national cricket academies to make it a high-performance center, thereby creating more jobs in provincial teams and city associations.
Wasim Khan also accelerated the creation of jobs for all the veteran cricketers at the association level by offering them jobs on various scales ranging from administrative jobs to field jobs. Wasim played a crucial role in improving Pakistan’s image as a venue that is safe for touring teams. He managed to get PSL played in Pakistan while ensuring that test cricket return back to Pakistan.