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Miandad-Sohail outburst highlights need for maturity in Pakistan cricket


Miandad The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is said to be pretty upset over the incident involving their Director Board Operations, Abbas Zaidi and two former captains Javed Miandad and Aamer Sohail, writes Waheed Khan.

What is confirmed is that Miandad and Sohail lashed out at Zaidi with some anti-board rhetoric at the dinner hosted by former PCB chairman Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia for the Pakistan and Indian Senior teams in Lahore the other day.

Their outburst forced Zaidi to leave the dinner in an angry mood not to come back, as he was not happy with some of the words used by both the former players after they picked on him.

A senior PCB official was also unhappy that this incident was reported by this newspaper with a follow up story as well. “No newspaper has bothered to print anything about it although some elements not happy with the Board have been trying to make an issue of this incident,” he claimed.

Miandad, for his part, when contacted, insisted he had not used abusive language against anyone but only complained to Zaidi about the way the PCB treated former players and spoke his mind on some other cricket-related issues and how the Board was not handling those properly.

“The fact that I even said all this was only because I know Zaidi well and considered him a friend. But it is unfortunate he reacted this way.

“What is wrong if I said that the Board treated a big player like Zaheer Abbas shabbily by appointing him manager for just one series and then discarded him. What is wrong if I said that if the Board was rich today it was only because of the cricketers, of the past and present, and that they needed to be treated with respect,” Miandad claimed.

However, eyewitness accounts say that Miandad and Sohail were not so civil and much more vociferous and the common deduction was that they picked the wrong place to air their frustration and grievances.

“It was not the place for all this to take place. Even if Miandad and Sohail had some grievances against the Board or its officials they should’ve shown more maturity as many of the other guests were listening and watching everything,” one eyewitness said.

He added while Zaidi was right in walking away from the function in protest as Miandad and Sohail became very personal, in the first place he should avoid attending such cricket-related functions as he is employed in the PCB as the director board operations and has no link technically with cricket issues.

“Certainly Miandad and Sohail were a bit too harsh and unfair and made some baseless allegations in their anger. It was sad to see them behave this way. Even if they feel the Board officials are not working properly or honestly or if things are not functioning properly in the cricket set-up there are other better forums to air their views.”

“To make personal allegations against the PCB and its chairman/officials was unbecoming of their stature,” one eyewitness stated.

Which does sound true because what is strange is that one never heard these two (Miandad and Sohail) complain about the Board and its working when they were coach and chief selector respectively.

The present chairman removed both of them as their appointments had been made by his predecessor Tauqir Zia which was not surprising given Pakistan cricket history is replete with examples of the Board officials going against decisions taken by their predecessors regardless of whether it is necessary.

Shaharyar, whatever one might say, has introduced a great amount of stability in the PCB and consistency in the national team by not interfering in purely cricket matters and in his tenure one has not only seen the team improving but the PCB also securing good results in other areas as well, the ICC decision to award the 2008 Champions Trophy hosting rights (to Pakistan) and the 2011 World Cup (to South Asia) being good examples.

As far as the allegations about the Board officials misusing their powers and the Board assets are concerned, this is nothing new; it has happened in all previous set-ups. This is something you expect in an ad-hoc committee set-up particularly when you’ve had examples of abuse of power even in elected boards.

Source:The News

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