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PCB CEO Wasim Khan steps down as head of Cricket Committee

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

The PCB chairman said that Khan had assumed the role of the cricket committee’s chairman when Mohsin Hasan stepped down “because he himself was interested in some positions within the PCB”.

“He 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 Khan had mutually decided it would be best for Khan to step down as the head of the committee 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.”

Mudassar Nazar’s PCB contract to end next year

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.

“I can reflect on my tenure at the National Cricket Academy with satisfaction as we have been able to identify and produce a number of quality cricketers, some of whom have already represented Pakistan while others are knocking on the doorsteps of international cricket,” the director added.

Mani lauded Nazar’s services to the board during his time with PCB. “Mudassar has contributed a lot to Pakistan cricket. His contract was for three years. When his contract expired in May, I had only been with the PCB for 6 months, and Wasim for 2 months. I thought it appropriate for him to serve for one more year. And he thought the same and was happy.

“So his contract will expire in May and he had already declared he will not be continuing after that,” said Mani.

The PCB chairman said that while it had not yet been decided whether the new candidate should be from Pakistan or abroad, his personal wish was to have a Pakistani appointed.

“However, it must be acknowledged that academy programmes elsewhere in the world are far ahead from us. We will get their expertise. We might appoint them as consultants so they can advise us on how to best run the programme.” “But my wish will be that those who will run the academy remain Pakistani,” he reiterated.

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