Saba Karim quits as BCCI’s general manager of cricket operations

Former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim quits from the post of BCCI General Manager – Cricket Operations. He was asked to resign from the post and he becomes the fourth senior official to leave the BCCI’s professional management as Rahul Johri (chief executive officer), Santosh Rangnekar (chief financial officer) and Tufan Ghosh (National Cricket Academy chief operating officer) have also resigned from their respective positions. Saba Karim has played one Test and 34 ODIs for India.

In his two and half year stint as the BCCI General Manager, Karim had the responsibility for the domestic and international cricket hosted in India and the women’s cricket wing of the BCCI.

The 52-year-old former wicket-keeper was appointed by the BCCI in December 2017. The reports say that the Board was not satisfied with Saba’s planning for domestic cricket. The formal statement is yet to be revealed by the BCCI.

“Yes, he has been asked to resign. One of the reasons for that is that he was not able to prepare any tangible action plan for domestic cricket,” a BCCI source revealed.

“We have received his resignation; he will serve his notice period. The board will lookout for a new GM in Cricket operation. The Apex Council has given powers to office bearers to fill up the post,” a board official stated.

If Board is concern about the domestic circuit but this year’s Domestic cricket is unlikely to start due to the COVID-19. IPL is most likely to happen in the window of ICC Cricket World Cup 2020 and the ongoing week, BCCI can make the final announcement on IPL 2020 which is likely to happen in UAE or Sri Lanka.