In 1999, menace of fixing was weakening the roots of Pakistan cricket: Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad was forced to step down as coach weeks before the 1999 World Cup when some team members revolted against him.

By: PTI | Karachi | Published: September 9, 2015 5:22 pm
Pakistan, Pakistan cricket team, pakistan cricket, cricket pakistan, javed miandad, miandad, pcb, pakistan cricket board, cricket news, cricket Javed Miandad has played 124 Tests and 233 one-day internationals and also served as Director-General cricket in the PCB. (Source: AP File)

In a startling revelation, Pakistan’s former captain Javed Miandad has claimed that he decided to step down as the national coach in 1999 as some players were openly indulging in corruption and unethical practices.

“I told the than Chairman of the cricket board, Khalid Mehmood to take action or Pakistan cricket would suffer irreparable damage in coming times. My conscience didn’t allow me to continue as coach so I stepped down in 1999,” Miandad said.

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Miandad, who played 124 Tests and 233 one-day internationals and also served as Director-General cricket in the PCB, said by 1999 some players were openly indulging in corruption.

“In 1999 the menace of fixing was weakening the roots of Pakistan cricket,” he added.

Miandad was forced to step down as coach weeks before the World Cup in England when some members of the team revolted against him.

The players refused to play under Miandad and made this clear during a reception in Islamabad for the team prior to the World Cup claiming that he had made baseless accusations against them of fixing matches during an earlier tournament in Sharjah.

Two senior players had reportedly threatened Miandad with bats during an altercation in the dressing room where the latter accused them of deliberately under-performing in a match against England.

Miandad was also riled by comments made by the then Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Khalid Mehmood last week that the former was changed as coach as he wanted more powers in selection matters.

“What he has said is not the truth. The fact is that I had warned him than that some players were deliberately changing results and under-performing in matches. I told him to take action or Pakistan cricket would suffer in the coming years. But he didn’t believe in me and today we are seeing the damage done to Pakistan cricket,” Miandad told the ‘Jung’ newspaper in an interview.

“Some years later Saeed Anwar came to me and apologised to me for being part of the campaign against me and admitted that senior players used to instigate the junior players against me,” he claimed.

“Later on in the World Cup, these same group of players were responsible for the shock defeat against Bangladesh and than what happened in the final is now part of history,” he said.

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    Kulaputra
    Sep 10, 2015 at 5:49 am
    Have was a knight in shining armour and saviour and you want me to believe that
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      Murtaza
      Sep 12, 2015 at 2:28 pm
      Since 1987 Miandad keep saying some one told him stan are going to lose this match, even when Imran Khan was captain of the team. Why someone only told Miandad, why not Imran Khan Or cricket board. As Azhar Mahmood told That Miandad Said almost before everyt match stan are going to lose this match, and we won 6 out of 7 wich he told about. And what about dawood Maybe Miandad was involved in match fixing and now giving the blame to Others. He was most selffish batsman in stan cricket histroy, WHO still crying That he could have score 300 in Haiderabad test match, does not mater stan win Or not.
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        Murtaza
        Sep 10, 2015 at 5:35 pm
        Since 1987 Miandad keep saying some one told him stan are going to lose this match, even when Imran Khan was captain of the team. Why someone only told Miandad, why not Imran Khan Or cricket board. As Azhar Mahmood told That Miandad Said almost before everything match stan are going to lose this match, and we won 6 out of 7 wich he told about. And what about dawood Maybe Miandad was involved in match fixing and nok giving the blame to Others.
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          pan
          Sep 10, 2015 at 9:01 am
          Look who is talking , one who got into relationship with Dawood , biggest fixer in the world... He is talking of ethics.. Mr javed Miandad . donot open your mouth or you will get exposed further and further... Ex players at that time need to expose his duplicity and hypocrisy to put in mildly.. He did not get along with players , administrators, he did not produce results at all except for blaming them he has got no excuse at all.
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            rajeshdian
            Sep 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm
            What is he talking about, his son is married to Dawoods daughter.
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