A mere ten days after the Board of Control for Cricket in India had accepted Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri’s resignation, General Manager – Cricket Operations Saba Karim has also walked out of his office.
Reports suggest that just like Johri, the former India wicketkeeper has also been asked to quit. Saba Karim had joined the BCCI as the GM Cricket Operations in December 2017.
“Yes, he has been asked to resign. One of the reasons for that is that he was not able to prepare any tangible action plan for domestic cricket (in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic),” PTI has quoted a BCCI source as saying.S
Succeeding the late MV Sridhar, Saba Karim had overseen implementation of drastic changes in the Ranji Trophy format after the entry of the new teams following a Supreme Court order.
Apart from handling the affairs of the national women’s team, Saba Karim was also looking after domestic cricket.
Domestic cricket is unlikely to start before December with the COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the country. If the IPL happens in September-November as is being speculated, domestic cricket cannot be played at the same time.
The BCCI has not issued a formal statement on Saba Karim’s resignation.
Saba Karim is the third key BCCI official to quit since the new regime headed by Sourav Ganguly has taken the reigns of the richest cricket board in the world. BCCI Chief Financial Officer Santosh Rangnekar had resigned last year.