Shahryar Khan

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Nawabzada Shahryar M. Khan
Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board
In office
May 2014 – August 2017
Preceded byNajam Sethi
Succeeded byNajam Sethi
In office
December 2003 – October 2006
Preceded byLieutenant general Tauqir Zia
Succeeded byNasim Ashraf
20th Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
In office
Preceded byTanvir Ahmad Khan
Succeeded byNajmuddin Shaikh
Personal details
Born (1934-03-29) 29 March 1934 (age 85)
Bhopal, Bhopal State, British India
(now in Madhya Pradesh, India)
ParentsSarwar Ali Khan
Abida Sultan
RelativesHamidullah Khan (grandfather)
Sajida Sultan (aunt)
Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (cousin)
Saif Ali Khan (nephew)
Soha Ali Khan (niece)
ResidenceLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma materDaly College
Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC)
University of Cambridge
The Fletcher School

Shahryar Mohammad Khan (Urdu: شہریار محمد خان‎; born 12 March 1934) is a former career Pakistan diplomat who became Foreign Secretary of Pakistan in 1990, and remained so until his retirement from service in 1994. He later served as UN SRSG to Rwanda (1994–1996). Since August 1999, he has intermittently served as the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board. He is the current president of Asian Cricket Council.[1]

Family and education[edit]

Nawabzada Shaharyar Muhammed Khan is descended from the royal family of former princely state of Bhopal where his ancestors, who belonged to the old Orakzai Pashtun tribe of Tirah, now Pakistan, had emigrated to during first quarter of the eighteenth century.[citation needed] He was born in the Qasr-e-Sultani, Bhopal State (honoured with 19-gun salute until 1947) in British India.[citation needed] He is the only son and male heir of both Nawab Muhammad Sarwar Ali Khan, the ruler of former princely state of Kurwai and princess Abida Sultan (Suraya Jah, and Nawab Gauhar-i-Taj) Begum Sahiba, herself the Crown Princess and the eldest daughter of last ruling Nawab of Bhopal, Haji-Hafiz Sir Muhammad Nawab Hamidullah Khan, who reigned state of Bhopal after a prolonged era of Begums regime (the queens).[citation needed] His aunt Sajida Sultan became the Begum of Bhopal after her mother migrated to Pakistan, and she was married to cricketer Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, the 8th Nawab of Pataudi. He has four children, the eldest being Faiz Mohammad Khan, father of Aalia Sultan Khan.[citation needed] He is the first cousin of the Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who died on 22 September 2011. His nephew and niece Saif Ali Khan and Soha Ali Khan are film actors, the former of whom is married to actress Kareena Kapoor.[2]

Khan studied at the following institutes:


He worked for a year with Burmah Shell Oil, and in 1957, joined the Pakistani foreign service. In 1960, he was posted as a Third Secretary in the Pakistani High Commission in London, and was promoted to Second Secretary in the Tunis embassy from 1962 to 1966. In 1976, Shahryar Khan became Pakistan’s ambassador to Jordan (1976–1982) and the United Kingdom (1987–1990)[3][4] He also stayed as Pakistan Ambassador to France (1999–2001) and Chairman, Committee on Foreign Service Reforms, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997–1999).[5]

David Milliband with Mr Shahryar Khan at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), speaking at a talk organised by LUMUN on 18th Nov, 2014

He is currently teaching Pakistan's Foreign Relations at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) as part of the Social Sciences faculty. He teaches a course titled "Pakistan's Foreign Relations" in Fall semester and a senior level course titled "Critical Issues in Pakistan's Foreign Relations" in Spring semester. At LUMS, he is also the patron of the LUMS Model UN Society (LUMUN).

On 1 July 1994, he was appointed United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali's Special Representative to Rwanda, succeeding Jacques-Roger Booh-Booh. As U.N. Special Representative, he represented the United Nations during the genocide and subsequent refugee crisis.[6] He also remained the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board from 10 December 2003 till he resigned on 7 October 2006. On 16 August 2014 he was again appointed as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.[7]

In 2005 he was made an honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[8]

Retirement and literary career[edit]

In his retirement, Shaharyar Khan has written a number of books. The Begums of Bhopal is a history of the princely state of Bhopal.[citation needed] The Shallow Graves of Rwanda is an eye-witness account of his two-year stay in a country ravaged by what some might call genocide.[citation needed] Cricket – a Bridge of Peace, about India-Pakistan relations, is his third book. His most personal book has been the biography of his mother Princess Abida Sultaan – Memoirs of a Rebel Princess, which has been translated into Urdu.[citation needed] In 2013 with his son Ali Khan he wrote Cricket Cauldron: The Turbulent Politics of Sport in Pakistan.[citation needed] He has also co-authored a book titled as "Shadows across the playing field;60 years of India-Pakistan cricket" with renowned Indian writer and politician Shashi Tharoor.[citation needed]

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board[edit]

He has been appointed Chairman after he was elected unanimously by the board of governors of Pakistan Cricket Board[9] in the light of new constitution of the PCB 2014 which was approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan previously served as the PCB chief in 2003, taking over with the board in turmoil.[citation needed] His tenure is remembered more for Pakistan's 2006 forfeit of the Oval test after being penalised for ball tampering.[citation needed] He was once again appointed the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board on 18 August 2014.[citation needed] He served as one of the founders of the Pakistan Super League.As of May 2016, he is still the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.[citation needed]

In March 2016, Pakistan was eliminated from the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 after losing 3 matches against India, New Zealand and Australia and only winning against Bangladesh. This caused great controversy over whose 'fault' it was. Khan was amongst those blamed and there were talks about him retiring from PCB after this. However, he later spoke out and said he would not resign.[10] He also said it would be better to bring in a foreign coach, implying that Waqar Younis' coaching contract, which ends in June 2016, will not be renewed. Furthermore, he did not release any statements on who he thought was responsible for the loss [11] Instead, he said before the match that he will not change Afridi's position because he has been 'serving Pakistan for the last 20 years'. He added that changes will happen after the tournament but also added that the poor performance was from the whole team, except certain individuals.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shehreyar khan becomes President of Asian Cricket Council". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Cherish hunting trips with my cousin Mansur, says Shahryar Khan". India Today. 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Cricket – A Bridge of Peace" Archived 26 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine'
  4. ^ Lecture by Ambassador Shaharyar M. Khan, UN special rep in Rwanda 1994-6 Archived 15 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The prospects for Pakistan and its neighbourhood" Archived 26 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Ditchley Foundation, 5–7 October 2007
  6. ^ "Massacres, 'mindless violence and carnage' rage in Rwanda", UN Chronicle, September 1994
  7. ^ "PCB unanimously elects Shahryar Khan as chairman - Sport". Dawn.Com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  8. ^ Corpus Christi College honorary fellows Archived 27 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
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  10. ^ "PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan says he is not stepping down". IBNLive. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  11. ^ "A blow by blow account of Pakistan cricket". The Indian Express. 2 April 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Shaharyar Khan unhappy with Pakistan's Asia Cup performance". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2 April 2016.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
Humayun Khan
Preceded by
Tanvir Ahmad Khan
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Najmuddin Shaikh