Wasim Khan, chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has resigned from his post four months before the scheduled end of his contract.
Khan, who arrived as the chief executive, on a three-year contract, in early 2019, was already reportedly undecided about carrying on after the end of his current term, before the arrival of Ramiz Raja as PCB chairman changed the power balance within the governing body.
Khan had been offered a three-year extension while the previous chair Ehsan Mani was in charge, but that offer was never confirmed before Mani left earlier this year.
The PCB’s regulations state that the post will have to be filled within the next 90 days, so a search for Khan's successor will no doubt get underway shortly.
While Khan did achieve notable success in terms of bringing international cricket back to Pakistan, notably in securing the first test tour to the country in a decade (from Sri Lanka in 2019), the last few weeks have seen both England and New Zealand withdraw from what would have been those countries’ first trips to the country since 2005 and 2003 respectively.
This has come as a hammer blow to the overall goal of bringing national teams back on tours to Pakistan, after the team spent a decade playing its ‘home’ fixtures in the UAE due to various terrorist attacks in Pakistan in the late 2000s.
Khan was also involved in a substantial restructuring of Pakistan’s first-class domestic system during his time in charge, and in rewriting the PCB’s constitution to curtail the sweeping powers which the chairman had held up until then.
The power is now spread much more evenly between the chair, the chief executive, and the rest of the board.
Raja became the PCB’s new chair late last month after Mani stepped down following a three-year reign.