The Board of Control for Cricket in India has appointed former international wicketkeeper Saba Karim as general manager, cricket operations.
As part of his important duties, Saba will be giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues and administration of the domestic programme.
Saba, also a former national selector, will assume office from January 1, 2018. He will report to Mr. Rahul Johri – CEO, BCCI, and assist him in meeting Board’s vision and strategy.
Saba has a vast knowledge of the game and its intricacies, both at the international and the domestic level. He has represented India in one Test and 34 ODIs. As wicket-keeper batsman, he played 120 first-class games and 124 List ‘A’ matches in a career spanning close to 18 years.
A prolific run-getter, Saba has a first-class average of 56.66 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries that helped him amass over 7,000 runs while playing for Bihar and later Bengal in the domestic first-class cricket. His playing career was cut short with an injury to his right eye in an Asia Cup match in Bangladesh. He had to undergo a surgery to repair the damage, but could never regain a vision good enough to play at the international level.
Saba was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term; he took over as a television commentator. He also has a corporate background, having worked in the Corporate Communications Division of TISCO.