Wasim Khan received award in recognition of his service to cricket and the communityâ€™.
By Web Desk
LONDON: British-born Pakistani Wasim Gulzar Khan, who played county cricket in England in the 90s and later went on to achieve an MBA and become the CEO of the Â£50 million and 10-year long charitable campaign Chance to Shine, was formally appointed as a Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Tuesday.
The 42 year-old was formally appointed by Britainâ€™s Queen Elizabeth II in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London.
According to the website of Chance to Shine, Khan received the award â€˜in recognition of his service to cricket and the communityâ€™.
Wasim said that he was â€œgenuinely shockedâ€ yet â€œproudâ€ at the appointment. â€I was genuinely shocked when I received the news, but I immediately felt hugely proud to be recognised in this way. Itâ€™s a great honour and recognises the effort youâ€™ve put in over a number of years.
â€œI feel a debt of gratitude to the many people who have helped me over the years and who believed in me. This award reflects the success of the Chance to Shine programme which is benefiting a great number of children.â€
Wasimâ€™s family, originally from Kashmir, migrated to England in the 1960s.
With a first-class debut for Warwickshire in 1995, Khan became the first British-born Pakistani to play cricket in England. His county stint ended in the early 2000s, with a batting average of a little over 30.
In 2005, Wasim was recruited by Sir Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, to plan and implement Chance to Shine as Operations Director, before becoming Chief Executive in 2009.
Earlier this year, the charity celebrated the two millionth child to receive cricket opportunities through the Chance to Shine programme. Wasim has an Executive MBA from Warwick Business School.