Pakistan news January 28, 2009

Miandad quits as PCB director

Cricinfo staff

Javed Miandad talks to media in Lahore after resigning © PA Photos

Javed Miandad has quit as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), bringing to an abrupt end his fourth stint with the board since retiring as a player. At a little over two months, it was considerably shorter than any of his three tenures as coach.

Miandad stepped down after differences emerged over the exact scope of his role. There was always a lack of clarity over the exact nature of his work. He spoke openly of it as being a troubleshooting role of sorts, delving into whatever areas needed fixing.

He unveiled grand plans for domestic cricket, but talked of removing ICL bans and played an active part in arranging the Sri Lanka tour of three ODIs. He was also known to have said that he would don a tracksuit and get out on the field to coach if needed.

But in the contract the board offered to him yesterday, which defined his role for the first time since he took over, he found that only domestic affairs were within his ambit and thus did not sign it. "The PCB wanted to restrict me to domestic affairs and I don't want any interference in my work. I have therefore resigned," Miandad told AFP.

"All the agreements that we had with him so far were verbal," PCB official Asif Suhail was quoted by "When he was offered the appointment letter yesterday, Miandad refused the contract."

Though Wasim Bari, the director of HR and administration, refused to confirm the news, another board official said that Miandad wasn't happy with the contract and neither its financial rewards. "He didn't like what he had been offered," the official told Cricinfo. "The scope of the role was that he look after domestic cricket, infrastructure growth and work with the games director at the National Cricket Academy and be based in Karachi. He wanted more. Monetarily he also felt he deserved more given his stature as a Test cricketer."

Miandad later spoke to reporters at Gaddafi Stadium and denied that finances had anything to do with the decision. He said he wasn't leaving on bad terms, but just that the role wasn't suitable to him. "Money has nothing to do with this. I wasn't doing the job for money. I have no problems with the PCB, just that this role didn't suit me. I don't leave with a heavy heart and am always available to serve cricket in this country in any capacity possible," he said.

Though Miandad was one of the few men not in favour of the captaincy change that saw Younis Khan replace Shoaib Malik - it wasn't the personnel as much as what he saw as the panic-stricken reaction to defeat which he objected to - it is understood that had nothing to do with his final decision.

"My views on the matter were not sought but I am certainly not angry about yesterday's decision. My thoughts were that you cannot base a decision on just a loss but my views weren't sought. I have high hopes that Younis can do well," he said.

Miandad will continue to remain a member of the nine-member governing board committee, however.

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  • Nasr on January 30, 2009, 6:33 GMT

    Not Javeds fault, i would have done the same thing. They apparently gave him the contract now, but i must admit he should have been more savvy while accepting the post. Thats' Pakistan cricket affairs for you.

    Grassroot level coaching should be his priority.

  • chris on January 29, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    Wrong people running the PCB.Sports has nothing to do with politics..We need a totally new system with new people, who can put the pakistan cricket back on track not both in domestic and internation form. get rid of this old guys..all we need from them is their advice and wishes.nothing more..

  • hanif on January 29, 2009, 6:28 GMT

    As long as "The Army" has control of Cricket, this game will never gain respect with outside world. I only have one thing to say, Let the politics be gone from cricket and let the young blood play and do away with OLD TIMERS, they are old now, go live your life in a farm some where and let the new age begin. Thank you.

  • Swami on January 29, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    The similarity between Ranatunga and Miandad is striking. They were great players in their days, but administration is a different cup of tea altogether and they are simply unskilled and not able to cope with the demands of building consensus amongst various stakeholders. Being in administration with the attitude of "my way or the highway" will never work. They want to be the BOSS and no other post would satisfy their EGO. Like in the case of Ranatunga, its one thing to expect your own countrymen to fall at your feet and quite something else to pick fights with other boards. Predictably they have asked him to take a walk, and he has fallen apart.

  • Waseem on January 28, 2009, 23:15 GMT

    Javed Miandad Legend of Cricket not only for Pakistan but attracted and played for Cricket . Probably the only 1 sincere person who could resolve all these issues related to PCB and Pakistan Cricket was again forced to quit. PCB's politics and negative impact on Cricket Game is obvious to whole world and even ICC knows about it regarding doping scandle of Shoaib and Asif when PCB's u-turn shocked the whole cricketing world. But inside PCB such disputes and scandles are being created and resolved within minutes. And again PCB's officials showed their EGO and Pakistan Cricket has lost a chance to come back strongly and touching the glories. No doubt that PCB is responsible for this situation and humiliating Super Star of Pakistan Cricket and still they are not content and pulling Pakistan cricket in troubled waters.

  • Imran on January 28, 2009, 22:26 GMT

    I would call it a selfish & egoistic act.I don't know what is the actual problem with Miandad.He seems to have all kind of problems.If he was sincere to Pakistan cricket,this was the best opportunity to do something for the country.Over the years,he has always criticized Imran Khan's decision of declaration when Miandad was notout on 280 despite the fact that Pakistan might not have won that match against India,had Imran not declared. Also,he kept on criticizing Woolmer during his coaching time(as Woolmer replaced Miandad as pakistan coach)& blamed him for literally every defeat.Many such instances put a big question mark over his sincerity with the country.

  • faisal on January 28, 2009, 22:20 GMT

    Only solution to Pakistan's Cricket or Politics is to let the youngsters take over, let go of all these old liabilities. Policy of all players and cricketers should be "Only thing that matters is the progress of Cricket and honor of the country, Individuals come after". Every new day brings a new shame to be a Pakistani. Its Sad..............

  • salman on January 28, 2009, 21:42 GMT

    Wasn't he the same guy who quit coaching the Pak International team right before the world cup? For what ever reasons that could have been, who leaves the country right before a crucial cup like he did. I was shock to hear when he was first appointment and not shocked when he resigned. I wish I could have the permission to use some creative words to explain his personality.

  • vikaas on January 28, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    Miandad i know you have parted from current board but please promise Pakistani people, team and the board that you will not come back. THANK YOU

  • Chiranjeevi on January 28, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    Miandad says he is "always available to serve cricket in this country in any capacity possible". Then, what was wrong with the capacity that came with the role offered to him (working on domestic cricket in Pakistan)? This is ridiculous, to say the least!

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