File image of Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Faisal Hasnain. AFP
File image of Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Faisal Hasnain. AFP

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Faisal Hasnain, the former ICC Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) CEO for three years, replacing Wasim Khan, who resigned earlier this year. Wasim Khan’s tenure was set to end officially in February 2022, however, it was learned that he was disappointed after his powers were curtailed by new PCB chief Ramiz Raja, leading to his resignation.

As for the 62-year-old Faisal Hasnain, who will take charge from January 2022 onwards, an administrative role is nothing new. He previously served as the managing director of Zimbabwe Cricket until 2018, while he also served to the apex cricketing body ICC twice (2002-08 and 2010-17) in the capacity of CFO.

Faisal Hasnain
Faisal Hasnain. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Faisal Hasnain Appointed PCB’s CEO For 3 Years After Wasim Khan’s Resignation

Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced the appointment of Faisal Hasnain as its new Chief Executive, who will formally assume charge in January 2022.

“I am delighted to confirm the appointment of Faisal Hasnain as the PCB’s Chief Executive and welcome him to Pakistan cricket family,” PCB chief Ramiz Raja said in a statement.

“Faisal is a familiar figure in world cricket and is highly regarded, respected, and trusted for his excellence in corporate governance, financial management, and commercial acumen. With the plans I have for the PCB, Faisal will be a perfect fit as he can utilize his vast experience and knowledge to help us achieve our commercial and financial objectives of making Pakistan cricket bigger and stronger.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)

During his stint with Zimbabwe Cricket, Faisal Hasnain worked to rebuild their cricketing structure, which was hit was under massive financial debts and various irregularities including governmental intervention, which even led the ICC to suspend the nation. He managed to secure the hosting rights for hosting the 2019 World Cup Qualifiers but later resigned citing the nation’s failure to qualify for the 2019 event.

Faisal Hasnain Feel Honoured And Privileged After His Appointment As PCB CEO

With ICC, he was involved in the sales of the ICC commercial rights cycles from 2007 to 2015 and 2016 to 2023. A UK-qualified Chartered Accountant by profession, Faisal Hasnain said that he is keenly looking forward to this “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been awarded with this once in a lifetime opportunity to serve Pakistan cricket and thank the PCB Chairman and the Board of Governors for having the confidence in my capabilities,” he said.

Wasim Khan. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Khan. (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I am fully committed to playing my part in delivering the PCB Chairman’s vision for Pakistan cricket, fulfilling the expectations and dreams of millions of passionate Pakistan cricket fans and strengthening the relationships with our existing commercial partners, the ICC, and other Cricket Boards and developing new partnerships as we move forward.”

“These are highly exciting times in Pakistan cricket and I look forward to working very closely with my colleagues at the PCB so that we can collectively further enhance the image, reputation, and profile of this great institution.”

The 62-year-old Faisal Hasnain, who has 35 years of experience in high-profile finance and sports administration roles, will take over next month. Faisal Hasnain will replace Wasim Khan, who quit as PCB chief executive in September after New Zealand and England abandoned their limited-overs tours to Pakistan.

Sixty-two-year-old Hasnain’s reputation rests on 35 years spent in finance and sports administration roles, and his last job was with Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) as managing director until 2018. He had two stints with ICC as CFO – from 2002 to 2008 and from 2010 to 2017.