The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced the appointment of former India stumper Saba Karim as General Manager, Cricket Operations.

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According to a statement issued by the BCCI, some of the major responsibilities of 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.

Karim 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.

Karim has a vast knowledge of the game and its intricacies, both at the top and the domestic level having 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.

He was appointed a national selector from the East Zone in 2012 and after completing his term; he took over as a television commentator.