Pakistan news August 8, 2012

Miandad gets wider administrative role

Javed Miandad, PCB's director general, has been given the responsibility of supervising Pakistan's domestic and international cricket operations. Miandad was appointed DG in Ejaz Butt-era, but his position lacked clarity and this is the first time PCB has given him a formal administrative role. He will now precede Intikhab Alam and Zakir Khan over international and domestic cricket operations in PCB and will also oversee the selection of the teams.

"The post of director general has been empowered to oversee the cricket operations," a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "Under the new protocol the director general will oversee the operations of the international, domestic and game development and Academies."

Miandad will precede the entire cricket operations leaving Alam - director international cricket operations and games development and Khan - director domestic cricket operations, to work under him. With the move, Miandad has gained more influence on the selection of the teams and game's development in the country. He will be based in Karachi but will operate from PCB headquarters in Lahore and will report directly to the chairman and chief operating officer of the PCB.

In the past, Miandad has been in contention for the coaching role, which he ended up refusing, eyeing a more extensive role in cricket administration. His third and last stint as Pakistan coach ended in 2004 after a home series loss to India. In 2008, he was appointed the director general by Butt, a job he quit after two months amid growing differences with the board over the scope of his role.

Both Butt and Miandad were at loggerheads over Miandad's demands. Butt, the then chairman, had alleged that Miandad demanded more money, interfered with matters concerning selection, and was an incapable administrator. Miandad, however, returned in the role a month later but has been anonymous throughout Butt's three-year term, though occasionally turning up as batting consultant during national conditioning camps apart from being a member of governing board.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent