Dispute over contract termination February 8, 2005

Miandad considering filing suit against PCB

Cricinfo staff

Javed Miandad to engage in court battle with PCB © Getty Images
Javed Miandad, former Pakistan captain and coach, is considering taking the Pakistan Cricket Board to court over the controversial circumstances in which his coaching contract was terminated. Miandad, who was sacked in June last year after the series defeat against India, had 11 months left on his two-year contract. The board then appointed Bob Woolmer, the former South African coach.

"My lawyer had sent the Board a notice few weeks back in which he had asked them to properly explain the reasons behind my contract's termination prematurely (in June)," said Miandad. "The Board first asked for some time and then finally sent its reply but my lawyer is not satisfied with their explanation. He is now planning to file a suit against PCB shortly as he feels the circumstances in which they have terminated my contract is not proper."

Earlier, Shaharyar Khan, the PCB chairman, was reportedly quoted as saying that there were "other reasons" besides the home loss to India for sacking Miandad from the job. Miandad responded in a vehement manner by sending a notice to the board demanding a public apology for terminating his contract.

"Basically, my lawyer had sent them the notice because he wanted an explanation from Chairman Shaharyar Khan for some of the statements he had made on my removal as coach and the premature termination of my coaching contract," he said. "They have now said in their reply that the home-series loss to India was the primary reason for removing me as coach and appointing Bob Woolmer."