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Shaharyar Khan, a former PCB chairman and diplomat, passes away

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The Pakistani diplomat, who was born in Bhopal and was related to the late Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, passed away today following a protracted illness.

On Saturday, Shaharyar Khan, a professional diplomat and the former head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, passed away. He was instrumental in mending cricket relations between India and Pakistan in the early 2000s. He was eighty-nine.The Pakistani diplomat, who was born in Bhopal and was related to the late Indian captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, passed away today following a protracted illness.Between 1990 to 1994, he held the position of Foreign Secretary for Pakistan and also held the positions of High Commissioner in the UK and New Delhi.

Between the years of 2003 and 2006, when India conducted two tours of Pakistan, and 2014 to 2017, Shaharyar led the PCB.

In addition, he managed the Pakistani squad during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the 1999 tour of India. He came from the Bhopal royal family.

During his previous tenure as PCB chief, Shaharyar expressed regrets for not being able to resume regular bilateral Test cricket ties with India, which had been suspended since 2007 due to tense relations between the two neighbors. Shaharyar is a learned personality who has written several books on his experiences in foreign relations and cricket. The interview was conducted last year.

During his time as PCB chairman, he was involved in a major controversy when Pakistan lost the Oval Test against England in 2006. He attributed the loss to Inzamam-ul-Haq, the team captain at the time.

Shaharyar afterwards voiced worries about Inzamam’s efforts to force religion on the squad. 

Mohsin Naqvi, the current PCB chairman, also sent his sympathies on Shaharyar’s demise.

“I would like to convey on behalf of the PCB my sincere sympathies and sadness on the loss of former Chairman Shaharyar Khan. He gave Pakistan Cricket his all as an administrator and was a good man.

“Pakistan Cricket will always be grateful to the late Shaharyar Khan for his outstanding leadership as the board’s head and for his contributions to the expansion and advancement of the national game,” Naqvi stated.

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