Saba Karim quits as BCCI General Manager

Saba Karim's exit from the BCCI comes a week after the board accepted Rahul Johri's resignation. Details of Karim's exit and his successor haven't been disclosed yet.

The former India wicketkeeper was appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) in 2017.   -  vijay soneji

Saba Karim has resigned as the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) General Manager - Cricket Operations. The former India wicket-keeper is understood to have submitted his resignation letter hours before the apex council meeting on Friday.

Karim was responsible for senior domestic cricket, all international cricket hosted in India and the women’s cricket wing of the BCCI during his two-and-half year stint. While his resignation hasn’t surprised some of his colleagues, the timing has raised a few eyebrows among the BCCI corridors.

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He has put in papers less than a week since Rahul Johri was relieved as the chief executive officer. Johri was instrumental in hiring Karim during the tumultuous phase at the BCCI which was governed by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators.

According to a BCCI insider, Karim had far from “the best of working relationship” with K.V.P. Rao, the next in command in the cricket operations wing. It had apparently put him on a sticky wicket ever since the current BCCI dispensation led by Sourav Ganguly as president and Jay Shah as secretary took over.

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Rao is understood to have earned the trust of Shah, which eventually resulted in Karim tendering his resignation on Friday. Interestingly, Rao is understood to have attended the apex council member when it came to the discussion regarding planning the forthcoming domestic season.