Vastavam web: Former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim was on Saturday appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the BCCI.The appointment was on expected lines as Karim’s name was doing the rounds for quite sometime. The other big name in the fray was former pacer Venkatesh Prasad.The General Manager’s post has been lying vacant since the resignation of MV Sridhar in September over the issue of conflict of interest. Sridhar passed away on October 30.
In mid-October, BCCI had invited applications for this post.”Some of the major responsibilities of Mr Karim include giving strategic direction to the cricket department, implementing the operational plans, budgeting, determining and monitoring the compliance of match playing regulations, standards of venues, administration of Domestic Program,” the BCCI said in a release.A prolific run-getter, Karim has a first-class average of 56.66 with 22 centuries and 33 half-centuries that helped him amass over 7000 runs while playing for Bihar first and later Bengal.
His playing career received an untimely jolt when he suffered an injury to his right eye in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh following which he had to undergo a surgery.He was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term, he took over as a television commentator.