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