Pakistan news January 28, 2009

Miandad quits as PCB director

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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 espnstar.com. "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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  • POSTED BY nasr84 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.

  • POSTED BY Nirvana-light 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..

  • POSTED BY cric-tr 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.

  • POSTED BY vswami 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.

  • POSTED BY WaseemAhmedLuki 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.

  • POSTED BY IK11 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.

  • POSTED BY fmukani 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..............

  • POSTED BY Teja_mein_hoon_mark_idhar_hai_786 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.

  • POSTED BY viku13a13a 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

  • POSTED BY Chirublue 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!

  • POSTED BY nasr84 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.

  • POSTED BY Nirvana-light 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..

  • POSTED BY cric-tr 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.

  • POSTED BY vswami 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.

  • POSTED BY WaseemAhmedLuki 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.

  • POSTED BY IK11 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.

  • POSTED BY fmukani 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..............

  • POSTED BY Teja_mein_hoon_mark_idhar_hai_786 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.

  • POSTED BY viku13a13a 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

  • POSTED BY Chirublue 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!

  • POSTED BY EddieQ on | January 28, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Once again, it is obvious that Pakistan cricket is ruled by ego centric personalities who don't care about anything but themselves just like everything else in Pakistan even the present government. There is no way that any administration can do anything for Pakistan cricket. It is doomed and the only one person who can but will not fix Pakistan cricket is Imran Khan. It is sad but all of us cricket lovers have to really think about giving up on the Pakistan team and move on to supporting some other team. Javed Miandad is not the right person as he is a selfish administrator while he was never a selfish cricketer. These people cannot differentiate between their playing days and retired days. How can they ever serve Pakistan?

  • POSTED BY nasersid on | January 28, 2009, 18:58 GMT

    Once again a classic example of selfish personal ego getting the better of a charismatic official who could have changed the face of Cricket development in pak. But, time & again we have seen with Miandad he just doesn't have the unselfish motive for pakistan's cricket game but rather comcerned more for his position and hunger for power. In my opinon he failed pakistan by not working this responsibility out.

  • POSTED BY suresh_lv on | January 28, 2009, 17:37 GMT

    I personally believe Pak Board has no direction whatsoever in what they want to achieve. I dont blame Miandad for refusing the contract...maybe if he took the contract, two months down the line, the board is going to issue a gag order, and send him back home empty handed amidst controversial circumstances. Also, its time for all the cricket boards to pick up sorts, and working towards the greater good. Indian cricket is all about making money. WI cricket - let's talk about something else. English board - its a morphed version of Pak board with less obvious politics. SA board proves to be a bit sane as of now Its no longer admininstration boards, all geared towards making money and involving politics. Wake up cricket boards! and try to improve the cricket across the nations !!!

  • POSTED BY TruSport on | January 28, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    Pakistan is India multiplied when it comes to systems. If India has barely functioning systems, Pak has dysfunctional systems. The root cause of the problem is not the system itself or even the people who are running the system. It lies with the people who have to follow the system. It's famous in these countries to blame the system when things go wrong and extoll individuals when things go right and there in lies the problem. Both individuals and systems generate results. Per se, there was nothing wrong with Javed Miandad being brought in to improve domastic cricket or axing Shoaib Mallik. However, the unintended victim here is the system itself. The system which is supposed to be designed to take away individual opinions in favour of overall good starts failing due to a general misdirected public ire against it. Javed Miandad refused to sign the contract - that is Miandad's problem - not the system's. System got it right - Malik had to go.

  • POSTED BY chooha1 on | January 28, 2009, 16:28 GMT

    Miandad shouldn't have resigned! I think if he stayed as the PCB director he might have asked the ICC to change stance on ICL players and bring back players like YOUSAF and RAZZAQ. This is another great loss by Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Harry on | January 28, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    I believe these pakistanis demand a lot of freedom, respect and importance. They think they shoud be the centre of attraction as they are the greatest. If Miandad really cared about Pak cricket, he shoud have taken this role and helped the domestic arena to improve which will indirectly help the senior team's strong build-up in the future. Instead he felt like hes being sidlined and his EGO was hurt. The fact that he said "he would don a tracksuit and get out on the field to coach if needed". - shows how much he wants to interfere into all aspects of PCB. He should learn that any board is not made up of single person but a collective group of people working together within their boundaries to achieve a common goal. Some people might disagree with me - but this is what I see in him and most of the pakistani players.

  • POSTED BY KTiwari on | January 28, 2009, 15:55 GMT

    Miadad said "I don't leave with a heavy heart and am always available to serve cricket in this country in any capacity possible," so what is wrong with current capacity. I think, it is too much of ego..........

  • POSTED BY MaksoodChaiwalla on | January 28, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    The PCB have time and again failed to understand on how to utilize the services and expertise Miandad has to offer. Make him the coach, give him a free hand and I am sure Pakistan cricket once again would be at its peak within a short span of time. Miandad wants to be directly involved with the National team. He is the only man who can get the best out of the team.

  • POSTED BY Nirvana-light on | January 28, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    The whole system of pakistan cricket is wrong..first the choice of shoaib malik as captain, a guy who cannot not speak properly so how can one expect him to lead the team. Now the choice of the new administration..with old people with nothing on offer for the pakistan cricket..just their own selfish interests...The talent in pakistan is by far the greatest, but what we need is a huge change in the infrastracture of the pakistan cricket..A system which can polish these young talents like polishing a stone in to beautiful diamonds...i am sick of all this corruption in pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Changez on | January 28, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    once again the fight started from the start of the new people in the PCB. as the history says when nasim ashraf came captain n coach were changed here again every thing was changed bt still the problem is in the administration because of it v cannot settle down as a untied team. Miandad probably done the right thing because the responsibilty was given to him bt the authority was not. wht u can do whn u hv the responsibilty widout authority. its useless because u cannot take any decision. I hope pakistan admin will settle down n then probably v can think of a team. its better to think of the administration right now. because the team will neva be in a gud shape when the admin is in problem. roots r dry hw can v think that flower gona grow ...

  • POSTED BY saccs76 on | January 28, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Sorry to see Miandad go a fourth time like this - under controversial circumstances... Maybe as a player, he himself was responsible for controversies...but after that as a coach and then, as a director, he was not. However, controversies keep dodging him. I feel sorry for him - a great man who would give all he got for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY mkfaruqi on | January 28, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    it is again a shock to us as we were expecting a good era of cricket by giving it into the hands of miandad a legend and most sincere personality of cricket. he would have done some thing Pakistan cricket needs.hope president will interfere and make it workable for miandad by listening his part.with best wishes of pakistan and cricket. mkfaruqi

  • POSTED BY cheersxyz1 on | January 28, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    What a mess we have been in since the Oval fiasco back in 2006 that recounting those ignominous chapters sends shiver down my spine being a patriotic Pakistani like anyone.All this is a trickle-down effect of ever surmounting floated ego's that are there to mend their own owls.Javed Miandad is not just a big name but a charismatic inspirer with a bright vision without a pint of doubt.Yet having spoken in favour of ICL recruites and miniscule hiccups here-there haven't gone down well with fishy humbug,the power behind the throne.For how long would the apparant face-switching series of events come down to haunt our homeland.It's not about Younus Khan or Javed Miandad but the blind toeing of BCCI even in this very tenure that is taking sheath off our used-to-be shiny surface.What wrong had Malik done prior to the series against Srilanka?But I guess we are hollow deep-inside because the top brass is sufficiently inadequate skill-wise to brace up to the challenge encountering us these days.

  • POSTED BY king1985 on | January 28, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    See i have a problem with Miandad's attitude of all or nothing, on one side he says he is always ready to serve Pakistan in "any capacity" on the other hand he resigned because the contract and job description did not "suite" him.....he had the most important job at hand of restructuring Pakistan's domestic cricket arena, which in all honesty is a mess. There is talent but not proper system and criteria to bring them to higher levels of cricket. Miandad resigned because he started thinking that he is the God Father of PCB now and apparently that can not be the case in an elected body. I think he needs to serve Pakistan in any way possible if he is really sincere with his country. I just have a feeling now that he was only looking for a big status in the board and someone with the last say in matters......i am sorry Javed, despite the fact that i am a big fan of you and support you 99% of the time....this time i just think you are wrong........

  • POSTED BY umairhuda on | January 28, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    This is again a big sad back to Pakistan Cricket, again PCB failed to respect the legend, this is not a new story and we as a nation are very sad on Miandad's exit. He is one of them who can change the Pakistan cricket but I agaree with Miandad for his decision. Power should be given to him if PCB want him to work. Well done Javed Miandad..

  • POSTED BY tamilran on | January 28, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    Whatever the reasons are behind, it's a disaster what's happening with Pakistan cricket. It is very sad watching the ship sailing and no one takes responsibility and overall it looks typical school boys' cricket. Everybody wants authority and power and no one cares, it is a shame and painful to see.

  • POSTED BY aquamartino on | January 28, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Yeh bhi gaya!!! pakistan need to keep its officials and players happy and not dictate terms on to them. It is sad to see abrupt ends to great players of the game.I am not pakistani butI respect the game and the players. Eeveryone seems to abuse their powers and try to get some personal gains, people such as that shouldnt be affiliated with the game. I hope pakistan comes out of this terrible time they have gone through ever since the World Cup 2007. And we can kick off Indo-Pak Series.

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  • POSTED BY aquamartino on | January 28, 2009, 11:14 GMT

    Yeh bhi gaya!!! pakistan need to keep its officials and players happy and not dictate terms on to them. It is sad to see abrupt ends to great players of the game.I am not pakistani butI respect the game and the players. Eeveryone seems to abuse their powers and try to get some personal gains, people such as that shouldnt be affiliated with the game. I hope pakistan comes out of this terrible time they have gone through ever since the World Cup 2007. And we can kick off Indo-Pak Series.

  • POSTED BY tamilran on | January 28, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    Whatever the reasons are behind, it's a disaster what's happening with Pakistan cricket. It is very sad watching the ship sailing and no one takes responsibility and overall it looks typical school boys' cricket. Everybody wants authority and power and no one cares, it is a shame and painful to see.

  • POSTED BY umairhuda on | January 28, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    This is again a big sad back to Pakistan Cricket, again PCB failed to respect the legend, this is not a new story and we as a nation are very sad on Miandad's exit. He is one of them who can change the Pakistan cricket but I agaree with Miandad for his decision. Power should be given to him if PCB want him to work. Well done Javed Miandad..

  • POSTED BY king1985 on | January 28, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    See i have a problem with Miandad's attitude of all or nothing, on one side he says he is always ready to serve Pakistan in "any capacity" on the other hand he resigned because the contract and job description did not "suite" him.....he had the most important job at hand of restructuring Pakistan's domestic cricket arena, which in all honesty is a mess. There is talent but not proper system and criteria to bring them to higher levels of cricket. Miandad resigned because he started thinking that he is the God Father of PCB now and apparently that can not be the case in an elected body. I think he needs to serve Pakistan in any way possible if he is really sincere with his country. I just have a feeling now that he was only looking for a big status in the board and someone with the last say in matters......i am sorry Javed, despite the fact that i am a big fan of you and support you 99% of the time....this time i just think you are wrong........

  • POSTED BY cheersxyz1 on | January 28, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    What a mess we have been in since the Oval fiasco back in 2006 that recounting those ignominous chapters sends shiver down my spine being a patriotic Pakistani like anyone.All this is a trickle-down effect of ever surmounting floated ego's that are there to mend their own owls.Javed Miandad is not just a big name but a charismatic inspirer with a bright vision without a pint of doubt.Yet having spoken in favour of ICL recruites and miniscule hiccups here-there haven't gone down well with fishy humbug,the power behind the throne.For how long would the apparant face-switching series of events come down to haunt our homeland.It's not about Younus Khan or Javed Miandad but the blind toeing of BCCI even in this very tenure that is taking sheath off our used-to-be shiny surface.What wrong had Malik done prior to the series against Srilanka?But I guess we are hollow deep-inside because the top brass is sufficiently inadequate skill-wise to brace up to the challenge encountering us these days.

  • POSTED BY mkfaruqi on | January 28, 2009, 14:48 GMT

    it is again a shock to us as we were expecting a good era of cricket by giving it into the hands of miandad a legend and most sincere personality of cricket. he would have done some thing Pakistan cricket needs.hope president will interfere and make it workable for miandad by listening his part.with best wishes of pakistan and cricket. mkfaruqi

  • POSTED BY saccs76 on | January 28, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Sorry to see Miandad go a fourth time like this - under controversial circumstances... Maybe as a player, he himself was responsible for controversies...but after that as a coach and then, as a director, he was not. However, controversies keep dodging him. I feel sorry for him - a great man who would give all he got for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Changez on | January 28, 2009, 15:39 GMT

    once again the fight started from the start of the new people in the PCB. as the history says when nasim ashraf came captain n coach were changed here again every thing was changed bt still the problem is in the administration because of it v cannot settle down as a untied team. Miandad probably done the right thing because the responsibilty was given to him bt the authority was not. wht u can do whn u hv the responsibilty widout authority. its useless because u cannot take any decision. I hope pakistan admin will settle down n then probably v can think of a team. its better to think of the administration right now. because the team will neva be in a gud shape when the admin is in problem. roots r dry hw can v think that flower gona grow ...

  • POSTED BY Nirvana-light on | January 28, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    The whole system of pakistan cricket is wrong..first the choice of shoaib malik as captain, a guy who cannot not speak properly so how can one expect him to lead the team. Now the choice of the new administration..with old people with nothing on offer for the pakistan cricket..just their own selfish interests...The talent in pakistan is by far the greatest, but what we need is a huge change in the infrastracture of the pakistan cricket..A system which can polish these young talents like polishing a stone in to beautiful diamonds...i am sick of all this corruption in pakistan.

  • POSTED BY MaksoodChaiwalla on | January 28, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    The PCB have time and again failed to understand on how to utilize the services and expertise Miandad has to offer. Make him the coach, give him a free hand and I am sure Pakistan cricket once again would be at its peak within a short span of time. Miandad wants to be directly involved with the National team. He is the only man who can get the best out of the team.