Zaidi confirms heated argument with Miandad

The Director Board Operations of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has confirmed that he was involved in an argument with former Test captain Javed Miandad during a dinner reception hosted by the former chairman PCB, Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia for the Pakistan and Indian Seniors teams in Lahore the other day.

Abbas Zaidi, responding to the queries, confirmed he had exchanged words with Miandad after the latter used some impolite language against the PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan. “I told him (Miandad) to keep it cool and to be careful about the language he was using,” Zaidi said without divulging further details of the argument.

However ‘The News’ has learnt from eyewitness accounts that not only Miandad but also another former captain Aamer Sohail had also misbehaved with Zaidi. “Miandad and Sohail used very strong words with Zaidi and their grievance was that in the presence of former Test players he (Zaidi) had no business being in the PCB,” the eyewitness said.

“At one time they were very agitated and some very strong language was used with Zaidi eventually getting very upset and walking out of the function,” he said.

Asked what exactly were Miandad and Sohail upset about, he said they complained that the Board was being run by non-technocrats who didn’t know how to respect former players who had done so much for the country.

He said the sad part of the whole incident was that it happened in the presence of some Indian players who watched and heard from afar every word spoken by Miandad and Sohail and the angry response from Zaidi.

Source:The News

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Written by Team CricketViewer on May 4th, 2006 with no comments.
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