Leicestershire cricket boss to leave to helm Pakistan Cricket Board

Leicestershire Cricket Club’s chief executive Wasim Khan is to leave the club to become the new managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)

Wasim is highly regarded in the game, forging his career as CEO of the schools’ cricket charity, Chance to Shine, before taking over at Grace Road in 2014.

Wasim’s departure is a blow to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). It is understood Wasim was asked to apply for the ECB’s own vacancy, the England team MD role that Andrew Strauss recently relinquished for personal reasons.

He has been appointed to the PCB on a three-year contract, starting on February 1, following a comprehensive two-phase selection process featuring over 350 candidates.

In a statement, the club reflected on Mr Khan’s “four successful years at the helm of Leicestershire CCC”, saying the club made “significant progress” during his tenure.

Mr Khan said: “It is with sadness that I am bringing my time with Leicestershire County Cricket Club to an end.

“However, this is an extremely exciting opportunity to lead Pakistan cricket in the international game. It is something that I couldn’t turn down.”

Wasim is believed to be the only chief executive of BAME (black, Asian or minority ethnic) heritage at a professional sports club in the country and has long argued for greater ethnic inclusivity throughout the sport.

The esteem in which Wasim is held in England circles was made clear in April, when he was appointed as chair of the ECB working party that was tasked with restructuring the domestic game for 2019.

He remains a strong candidate to return to English cricket one day as the ECB’s chief executive.