Wasim Khan steps down as head of Cricket Committee

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LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Sunday announced that the board’s chief executive, Wasim Khan, has stepped down from his position as head of the Cricket Committee.

The PCB chairman said that Wasim had assumed the role of the cricket committee’s chairman when Mohsin Hasan had stepped down because he himself was interested in some positions within the PCB. “[Wasim] is a full-time employee of the PCB, a chief executive, so he could have exerted a lot of influence over the committee,” said Mani, in a conversation with the media.

According to the PCB, Mani and Wasim had mutually decided it would be best for Wasim to step down as the head and while he will remain a part of the committee, an independent chairman for the committee will be appointed.

“I want this to be a completely independent committee comprised of former cricketers, including international cricketers, who can dispense clear advice, do a critical analysis and who have access to all levels of cricket, whether domestic or international.

“They can speak to the captain, the coach, challenge our senior officials — even Wasim, discuss the wickets, the pitches, the grounds,” said the PCB chairman, as he explained the development. “Wasim, too, is accountable. So it was not appropriate for him to run the committee.”

Meanwhile, Mudassar Nazar who is the director of academies, confirmed that he will not be seeking an extension to his contract when it expires on May 31 next year.

According to a PCB statement, Nazar joined the PCB as Director – Academies on 1 June 1, 2016 on a three-year contract which was extended to another year. “It has been an exciting and satisfying time with the PCB as Director – Academies. When I had joined from the ICC Academy in Dubai in June 2016, I was clear in my mind that it will be a three-year period, but I extended to another year after being requested and convinced by my colleagues.

“However, it is now time for me to return to the United Kingdom, spend time with my family and explore other opportunities,” said Nazar about his decision.