Wasim Khan MBE – Became the first British Pakistani to play professional cricket in England. He was a talented left-handed batsman who also bowled right arm medium pace. Wasim was born in Birmingham and at the age of 12 showed a real passion and talent for cricket and it was through sheer luck that his talent was discovered in the playground by a cricket mad teacher, Pete Bolland. Later that year in 1983, he was selected for the Warwickshire Under 13’s team where his potential as a leader was spotted very early, resulting in him being awarded the captaincy. Wasim was the only state school boy in that team. His determination to succeed was evidenced by the fact that despite having never played hard ball cricket before, he top scored in his first year. Wasim only had one dream and that was to make it at the highest grade and play professional cricket. As a young boy, he would find ways to get into Edgbaston to watch Warwickshire play and vowed to his friends that one day, he too would be out there. 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 has also represented England U19’s.
Wasim today is seen as one of the most important men in English cricket, having led the Cricket Foundation’s £50 million Chance to Shine campaign as their CEO until the end of 2014. Since Chance to Shine was launched in 2005 it has reached over 2 million state school children across 7,000 schools and has raised over £50 million. His autobiography Brim Full of Passion was voted Wisden Book of the Year 2007. Wasim has also held positions on the Equality & Human Rights Commission Sports Group, The Prince’s Trust Cricket Group and the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit. He also has various mentoring roles with kids from inner city areas. Wasim ran two London marathons for Chance to Shine, in 2007 & 2010 and raised £10,000. He is also an accomplished and very impressive speaker. In January 2015, he gained an MBA from the University of Warwick. In October 2014 he was made Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Crick