MUSCAT: Oman Cricket (OC) Chairman Pankaj Khimji’s stature as one of the leading cricket administrators continues to grow at the global level.
Less than a year since he became the first Omani to be elected as Associate Member Director of the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world cricket governing body, Pankaj Khimji has now been named in two ICC committees and one ICC working group.
The appointment in three ICC panels underlines Khimji’s growing influence at the world stage, and the Omani cricket boss is humbled by the recognition.
“I am extremely honoured by the appointments made by the ICC, and I hope to serve the different committees to the best of my abilities,” said Khimji.
Khimji, who is also the vice-chairman of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC), has been named as a member of the ICC Development Committee. The committee is chaired by Imran Khwaja of Singapore and comprises 12 members.
The Omani cricket administrator, who serves as advisor for foreign trade and international cooperation at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion (MOCIIP), has also been appointed to the eight-member HR and Remuneration Committee of the ICC. This committee is chaired by West Indies’ Richard Skerritt.
Besides the two ICC committees, Khimji has also been named as a member of the ICC Governance Working Group, the third ICC panel in which he has been entrusted to play a key role.
Khimji said: “I am overwhelmed by the trust and belief of the ICC.
“I hope my 30-40 years of corporate experience will help me in contributing positively to the ICC. There will be useful experiences in the time to come for me. Working with people who have some fantastic understanding of these committees will be a good learning experience for me initially.”
Khimji, who is also director of Muscat-based business conglomerate Khimji Ramdas Group, added: “At some point of time I am confident that I will be able to contribute positively to the various committees and I am looking forward to sharing my experience with the ICC.”