Cricket Business : Tough decision to take by BCCI, Cricket Operations Saba Karim on his way out!

Just like any other sporting body around the world, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has been hurt by the economic hurdles that has accompanied the coronavirus pandemic. Furthermore there has been talks regarding GM Cricket Operations Saba Karim’s position taking in consideration that he isn’t bringing too much to the table.

A senior board executive of IANS confirmed that Karim’s position is under the scanner as there have been too many issues that have remained unattended which fall under the GM Cricket Operations’ purview. A tough call is likely to be taken soon due to the current economic situation.

Reviews about Saba Karim’s performance’ : BCCI Source

“These are unprecedented times and we are all aware that you really have to think out of the box and you have to be clinical about it. We need to ensure that the we come out of this pandemic with the least amount of damage to the game. We have been holding a lot of discussions amongst the executives and the office bearers have been having their own discussions. In our discussions on the areas that

“Finally, the current regime is very clear when it comes to professionalism and you obviously expect that when you have the former India captain at the helm. Cricket Australia and ECB among others have already made some tough calls, and as professionals, the onus is on us to perform. We’d rather have a situation where people are talking about our work and not our salaries,” he pointed. 

Moreover, a functionary said that the women’s team which is under the purview of Karim has time and again raised their concerns with the board.

“The women’s team, support staff and the outgoing members of women’s selection committee have time and again complained about his behaviour and interference. We understand that he is a former selector but he needs to understand that he presently is not a selector and he cannot be weighing in on selection matters anymore.

The functionary also added, “There have also been serious questions with regards to the appointment of the NCA staff overseen by him and some believe that there have been tweaks made in eligibility to accommodate certain candidates and there is a clamour for a proper investigation into the matter and that the scope of the investigation must include their scope of work and their decisions as per the scope in the NCA roles. He also said, “To be fair, the CEO has now been balanced in his approach on Saba and appears to be fairly presenting the issue without any bias and in the best interest of the BCCI.”

Because of the present circumstances, Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts recently stepped down after failing to handle the economic setback. Meanwhile CA’s head of female engagement Sarah Styles was also let go in the financial battle. Likewise CEO Tom Harrison voluntarily took a 25 per cent reduction while the players (both men and women) decided to take a voluntary pay cut in response to the pandemic.

The BCCI on its part had told IANS that the players will not have to face financial crises due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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