Pakistan news February 27, 2014

PCB accepts Miandad's resignation

The Pakistan Cricket Board has relieved director general Javed Miandad from his services after he had asked to quit last week. Miandad's' resignation had been pending for the last few days and the PCB management committee, after much deliberation, decided to release one of their most expensive employees.

"The members have respected Javed Miandad's wishes by accepting his resignation with immediate effect," Subhan Ahmed, PCB's chief operating officer, told reporters at the National Cricket Acadamy in Lahore. "The MC has recognised and applauded Miandad's achievements, contributions, and services not only to the PCB but also to the game of cricket."

Miandad was appointed as director general back in November 2008 but quit after two months due to differences with the board over the scope of his role. He returned to the post after a brief period and had since been working with the board. The post of director general had no prior existence in the PCB constitution and was created by Ejaz Butt in 2008 to employ Miandad.

The position, however, lacked clarity and in his five-year stint, Miandad spoke openly of it being a troubleshooting role of sorts, delving into whatever areas needed fixing. He wanted to oversee the cricketing affairs and was keen to revamp the domestic structure. He had even unveiled plans for restructuring, but with Butt at the helm of the PCB, Miandad was cornered.

Zaka Ashraf had given Miandad a formal administrative role to oversee domestic and international cricket, but his contribution had always remained diminished. Following uncertainty in the PCB top management in recent months, Miandad had even less work on his plate. The ongoing domestic structure in which two first-class tournaments had been introduced in 2012 was instigated by Miandad, but the PCB overhauled even this by separating the regional and department sides.

With Miandad's resignation, the PCB has decided to scrap the post of director general that has cost them more than Rs 50 million in the last five years.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Asjad on February 28, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    According to Rashid Latif, a new population based representative system was formed by Miandad, but the regional associations did not allow it to go through.

  • ESPN on February 28, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Another step in the right direction !!!!!!

  • Munir on February 28, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    It's sad to know that Javed Miandad's talent has been unused again by the PCB management, he's the most valuable cricketing mind Pakistan has in the country. It will be utmost important to involve him with national side's batting coaching and all other levels to grooming new talent under him. The Pak cricket will be different if he could be working like D-LILY have produced the fast bowlers in Australia and they are winning matches again. Same will be with Pakistan, we are missing the maturity in our batters, and he knows it inside out, proud of you Sir.

  • Malik on February 28, 2014, 4:22 GMT

    I understand that Miandad was a great cricketer and nobody has even a little doubt on this fact. However, this fact also remain exist that the administrative capabilities are not the forte of all the great sportsmen. It requires to have a different mindset and x-factor to become a good administrator. I believe, PCB should utilize Miandad as a motivator/speaker for the youth cricket team. What a great inspiration it would be for youngsters to listen to Great Miandad.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    thanks Miandad. You tried to improve the system but people do not want to improve

  • muhammad on February 27, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    50 million has been wasted.very sad

  • Android on February 27, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    widely reported that it was just a ceremonial post. and good they have scrapped it completely. javed was a good player but question marks on management skills. pcb should use him for batting improvements on any level.

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