Former Indian cricket team wicketkeeper Saba Karim was appointed as General Manager (Cricket Operations) of the Board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday.

The appointment was on expected lines as Karim’s name was doing the rounds for quite sometime. The other big name in the fray was former pacer Venkatesh Prasad.

Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to CEO Rahul Johri.He will assist Johri in meeting the Board’s vision and strategy, the BCCI said.

The General Manager’s post has been lying vacant since the resignation of MV Sridhar in September over the issue of conflict of interest. Sridhar passed away on October 30.