Reason’s for Wasim Khan step down are still unclear. The PCB however says that it would set a meeting to discuss the matter
On Wednesday 29th September, the Pakistan Cricket Board came forward and announced that its CEO ‘Wasim Khan’ has resigned. This devastating news came in just weeks after both England and New Zealand cricket teams cancelled its tours in Pakistan.
This news was nothing less than a heart break for Pakistani cricket fans. Wasim, who is Pakistani origin British cricketer has played a major role in bringing cricket back to Pakistan after 2009. He was looked up by Pakistani people as one of the only few people that can bring cricket back to the country. With Wasim Khan stepping down in such a crucial time, PCB and the future of cricket in Pakistan might suffer.
Wasim Khan was hired by PCB in 2019 and his contract was to end by the end of 2021. This means that Wasim’s step down came in just before 4 months of his retirement. The reasons behind this unexplainable decision are however still unclear and PCB says that it will meet later to consider the matter.
The England and New Zealand tour cancellation
While matter’s still stay unclear, fingers point towards the recent New Zealand and England teams cancelling their tours of Pakistan.
It was the first time in 18 years that team New Zealand came to for a series in Pakistan, hopes were high for PCB. The hopes however broke into pieces after the team refused to play due to security issues. While PCB was trying to digest the setback, England who was to play a series in Pakistan, also cancelled its tour. People think that Wasim step down is a result of these destroyed efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan.
Wasim’s decision to step down came right after the resignation of coaches Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis and the appointment of ‘Ramiz Raja’ as the new PCB chairman.