About the Author

 

Wasim Khan MBE was born in Birmingham in February 1971 and became the first British born-Pakistani to play professional cricket in England.

He played first class cricket for the record breaking double winning Warwickshire team in 1995, averaging 49 in the championship winning team. He also gained a NatWest winners medal.

Wasim played for a further two counties, representing Sussex and Derbyshire before retiring in 2001. During the first few months of his retirement he was inspired to write about his experiences as a young player on the county circuit.

Wasim is now seen as one of the most important men in English cricket. Recruited by Lord Mervyn King to lead the Cricket Foundation's £50 million Chance to Shine campaign, Wasim successfully led the programme for 10 years. The campaign successfully regenerated competitive cricket in state schools and is widely recognised as the largest grass roots sports development programme in the world.

In January 2015, Wasim took on the role of Chief Executive at Leicestershire County Cricket Club where he is currently leading a transformational change programme aimed at changing the culture and the fortunes at the club. Wasim is the first Asian Chief Executive of a English County Cricket Club and in fact the only Asian Chief Executive across any professional sporting body in the UK. 

From October 2016, Wasim will take up his new appointment as a Non-Executive Director for Sport England.

Wasim is a Graduate of Warwick Business School where he was awarded with an Executive MBA in 2015. As one of their most successful alumni, Wasim regularly delivers lectures on Leadership to current Executive MBA students. 

And finally, Wasim was awarded an MBE for services to cricket and the community in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2013 receiving his medal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in December 2013.

 

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