PCB starts hunt for its new CEO

Following the resignation of Wasim Khan recently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started the hunt for its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

According to a report published in The News, a virtual meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) was held on Sunday which was chaired by PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja. The meeting was held to discuss for the appointment of the new CEO of the board.

As the post of PCB CEO has a constitutional backing, it is mandatory to fill the vacant post.

As per reports, alog with the discussion for hiring a new CEO and deciding the perks and privileges related to the post took place in the meeting.

While Khan was drawing a hefty amount of Rs 3.5 million per month besides other perks and privileges, reports suggested that the new CEO would not be entitled to the same perks and privileges.

Earlier, Khan’s main responsibility was to attract foreign teams to tour Pakistan however, he failed in accomplishing the task as recently, the New Zealand team pulled out at the just before the start of the first match of tour before the England Cricket Board’s (ECB) also decided to skip their proposed short tour.

Meanwhile, absence of DRS from the New Zealand tour also put a big question mark over Khan’s ability.

Reports further said that the new CEO will not be getting more than Rs 1.5 million per month in salary.

Earlier on September 29, the PCB Board of Governors, through a video conference, had unanimously accepted Khan’s resignation from his post as the CEO.

Issuing a statement, Raja had said: “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.”

“The PCB owes Wasim Khan a debt of gratitude for his good leadership and we wish him well in his future plans and career endeavours,” he had added.

On the other hand, Khan had expressed: “It has been an honour 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.”

“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 had added.

Khan, 50, had further said: “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.”

Significantly, a period of four months was left in Khan’s three-year contract.

News Desk

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