Miandad rejoins as PCB director general

March 30th, 2009 - 5:50 pm ICT by IANS  

By Omar Khalid
Karachi, March 30 (IANS) Javed Miandad Monday rejoined as director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and vowed to put national cricket back on track.

Miandad told IANS that he had a “very fruitful” meeting with Ijaz Butt, the PCB chief, after which the former Pakistan captain agreed to return as the board director general.

The 51-year-old legend stepped down from the post this January after falling out with the PCB top management over “a limited role” offered to him.

“I have agreed to return as director-general because things are now fully settled after a meeting with the PCB chairman,” said Miandad, Pakistan’s highest run-getter In Tests with 8,832 runs from 124 Tests.

“The PCB chief told me ‘the board needs you and Pakistan cricket needs you’, after which I accepted the position,” he said.

When contacted, Butt said he is happy that Miandad is back in the Board.

“We had a very cordial meeting and Miandad is back as director-general,” said Butt, also a former Pakistan Test cricketer.

When Miandad quit in January it was reported that he had decided to step down over a salary package that was below his expectations.

However, Miandad said that salary was never a problem.

“Salary was never the issue and I just want to work for the betterment of Pakistan cricket,” he said. “There are lots of things which need to be done - like how to revive international cricket back in Pakistan and how we could make our domestic cricket more competitive.”

Miandad said he also accepted an offer to be Butt’s advisor.

“I will work as director-general as well as advisor to the PCB chairman,” he said.

Miandad said that his first target will be to help restructure Pakistan’s domestic cricket.

“Our domestic structure is in a bad shape. Unless we consolidate it, we can’t achieve anything at the international level,” he said.

Miandad called for a “united effort” from all stake-holders of Pakistan cricket, saying that they will have to learn from its neighbours if it wants to put national cricket on the right path. “Look how much our neighbours have achieved with a collective effort,” he said referring to India’s success in international cricket in recent years.

“We can also achieve a lot but for that we will have to join hands and make a united effort,” he concluded.

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