Wasim Gulzar Khan MBE (born 26 February 1971) is a former cricketer who was the first British-born Pakistani-origin muslim to play professional cricket in England.[1][2] He was a left-handed batsman who also bowled right arm medium pace.

Wasim Khan
Personal information
Full nameWasim Gulzar Khan
Born (1971-02-26) 26 February 1971 (age 51)
Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
BowlingRight-arm leg spin
Domestic team information
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 58 30
Runs scored 2,835 303
Batting average 30.15 12.12
100s/50s 5/17 0/0
Top score 181 33
Balls bowled 132 114
Wickets 0 2
Bowling average 50.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/7
Catches/stumpings 36/– 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 10 October 2011

Khan's family, originally from the AJK region,[3] relocated to England in the 1960s. Khan was born in Birmingham and attended Somerville Primary School before continuing on to Oldknow Secondary School. At the age of 12, he began to display a talent for cricket, and was encouraged to play by a teacher. Later that year in 1983, he was selected for the Warwickshire Under 13s team. Khan was the only state school boy in that team.

He played first-class cricket for the record-breaking double-winning Warwickshire team in 1995, averaging 49 in the championship winning team. He also gained a NatWest winners medal. He represented England in the Under 19s.

Khan was seen as one of the most important men in English cricket, leading the Cricket Foundation's £50 million Chance to Shine campaign as the CEO. The campaign aimed to regenerate competitive cricket in state schools. Prior to this, he was Operations Director for the Cricket Foundation's campaign - Chance to Shine.[4] His autobiography Brim Full of Passion was voted Wisden Book of the Year 2007.[5] Since launching in 2005, Chance to Shine has reached over 1.8 million children across 6,500 schools and has raised close to £40 million. He also sits on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Sports Group, The Prince's Trust Cricket Group, and has the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the England and Wales Cricket Board. In January 2015, he earned a Master of Business Administration from the Warwick Business School.[6]

He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to cricket and the community.[7]

In October 2014, he was made Chief Executive of the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.[8]

In December 2018, he was appointed as the managing director of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)[6] and moved to Pakistan to take his office in February 2019.[9][10] In September 2021, he resigned as PCB chief executive four months before the end of his contract.[11][12]

In April 2022, Khan was appointed International Cricket Council's General Manager of cricket.[13]


  1. ^ "Incoming PCB managing director Wasim Khan outlines wish list". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  2. ^ Khan, Wasim (10 May 2018). "I was the first British born Pakistani to play professional cricket in the UK – but why are there still so few of us?". Independent. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  3. ^ Dobell, George; Farooq, Umar (31 October 2020). "Wasim Khan considers options before committing to new PCB deal". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2020. Wasim was born in the UK - he became the first UK-born Muslim of Pakistan origin to play county cricket - to a father who had been born in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
  4. ^ "Wasim Khan on Zimbabwe, England and PCB women's cricket". Sportageous. 29 October 2020. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Brim Full of Passion". Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "PCB appoints Wasim Khan as managing director". Dawn. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  7. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 19.
  8. ^ Andy Wilson. "Leicestershire break new ground by making Wasim Khan chief executive". The Guardian.
  9. ^ "PCB appoints Wasim Khan as new managing director". Hindustan Times. 6 December 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  10. ^ Farooq, Umar; Dobbell, George (6 December 2018). "Wasim Khan unveiled as PCB's new managing director". Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  11. ^ "PCB CEO Wasim Khan resigns after 'developing differences with Ramiz Raja'". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  12. ^ "Pakistan cricket board CEO Wasim Khan steps down: PCB". Al Jazeera. 29 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Wasim Khan appointed ICC General Manager of Cricket". ESPNcricinfo. 22 April 2022.

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