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Leicestershire have appointed Wasim Khan as their new CEO after Mike Siddall decided to resign following the recently concluded county season.
Khan will have to find a way to turn Leicestershire’s fortunes around, especially since they have not won a single County Championship match in the last two seasons.
“It is a tremendous honour to be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Leicestershire County Cricket Club and Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket,” Khan, who has played for Warwickshire, Sussex and Derbyshire in the past, said. “I am really looking forward to working with all of the staff and the Board because I know there are terrific people at Grace Road. It is an exciting opportunity for me.
“I remember playing at Grace Road in the past and the club has always been extremely well supported by its members and supporters. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in cricket as a player and it has been fantastic to continue working within the game I love.
“While I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge in the new year, it is also a sad time as I am saying goodbye to the Cricket Foundation. It has been an honour and a privilege to have been able to contribute to the inspirational Cricket Foundation charity.
“We set out to change the landscape of schools and community cricket in this country and to give thousands of young people the opportunity to play and learn through this great game.
“I’m proud that we have exceeded our initial ten-year target of reaching two million children in a third of state schools. I have no doubt that the fantastic team at Cricket Foundation will ensure that many more young people will receive the same opportunity to play the game we all love.
“I would like to extend my thanks to the whole cricket community and to everyone who has supported me over the last nine years.”
Leicestershire chairman Paul Haywood added: “We are delighted to welcome Wasim to Grace Road. The process of appointing our new Chief Executive has been a rigorous one and there were a high number of quality applicants.
“Wasim impressed the interview panel with his vision for the future, his passion for the game, and his track record both in cricket and cricket administration.
“Wasim has tremendous experience and knowledge of cricket from his days as a player and an administrator and has a track record in building successful teams. Wasim is very knowledgeable and we know that he will do a tremendous job for us.”