Former coach speaks out July 29, 2004

'No point crying over the bonus-point system' - Miandad

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Javed Miandad: 'Everyone knew the rules before the tournament' © AFP

Javed Miandad has come out strongly against Bob Woolmer's slamming of the bonus-point system in the Asia Cup. "There is no point in crying hoarse over the bonus-point system," Miandad said while speaking to a private news channel in Kolkata.

Since all teams were informed of the rules and regulations prior to the tournament, Miandad felt that Pakistan should have played according to the situation. "Atleast the people who are sitting in the dressing room should have intimated the players and made them aware of the situation," and added, "Rules like bonus points have their pros and cons."

About India's climactic victory over Sri Lanka, he zeroed in on two moments that made the difference. "First, Jayasuriya's dismissal at a very crucial juncture and secondly, Irfan Pathan's 49th over which was very economical."

Miandad also likened Sourav Ganguly's captaincy to Imran Khan's and said, "Sourav is a lucky captain like Imran Khan. During Imran's time, we had ended up on the winning side on number of occasions despite a number of tactical and on-field mistakes."

When asked about the chances of him accepting a coaching role in India, like a batting consultant for the NCA, he was candid in his response. "I am free now and is open to any such offer. In fact this is way to develop the mutual camaraderie between the two nations. [Intikhab] Alam's taking up the job of Punjab Ranji team coach is a very happy sight."