Wednesday October 27, 2021

PCB CEO Wasim Khan resigns after 'developing differences with Ramiz Raja'

In a statement, the PCB says that the board of governors (BoG) will meet later today to consider the matter

September 29, 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) former chief executive Wasim Khan. Photo: file
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) former chief executive Wasim Khan. Photo: file  

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Wednesday confirmed that chief executive Wasim Khan has resigned form the post.

In a statement, the PCB said that the board of governors (BoG) will meet later today to consider the matter. Sources privy to the matter, however, said that Wasim Khan resigned from the post after his powers were curtailed.

"Wasim Khan made the decision to step down because of differences with Ramiz Raja," sources added. He tendered his resignation in a meeting with PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja a day prior. 

Wasim Khan was taken on board by former chairman Ehsan Mani in 2019 to run the affairs of the board on modern lines, on a three-year contract which was set to expire in 2022.

"We have started the process of revamping the PCB and under Wasim, we now have an experienced leader of the management team who will oversee the implementation of the Board decisions. His first task would be to oversee the reforms of domestic cricket structure," Mani had said when he had announced Wasim Khan's appointment.

‘90% of the PCB should be sacked’

In his first press conference as PCB chief last month, Ramiz Raja had also hinted that a complete overhaul of the system was needed in the cricket board.

"First of all, this is an internal matter of the organisation hence I will not share anything with you," Ramiz Raja had responded when asked about the future of Wasim Khan under his leadership. "If I were to talk about scrolls, then 90% of the PCB should be sacked," he had said.

Ramiz then said that he was not fixating on tenures, adding that he wanted "people for the execution" of his plans.

"I was having a discussion with the Board of Governors (BoG) to whom I said that I have 10,000 ideas and wishes. To accomplish them, I need a team," he had said. "So we discussed how we will go about these executions."

Rumours of change within the PCB management had started circulating since Ramiz Raja's nomination as the new cricket board chief.

Pakistan's coaches Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis were the first to go when they stepped down from their roles after the team was announced for the T20 World Cup.

"I always thought that if I got the chance [to serve] at this position then I would reset the vision a bit. I think cricket's compass and direction need to be reset. There are some long term and some short term goals," he had said.