I suffered a lot due to my convictions

Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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What has been the role of the present coach Javed Miandad?

I have the greatest regard for him. In-between he had to quit his job because he does not believe in doing things in a hap hazard manner. However, by bringing him back, the PCB officials have shown the right attitude.

Do you think match-fixing business will die a natural death?

We need a strong captain backed by a strong administration. As long as Imran Khan was at the helm nobody dared to do such things. He was a father figure. After he quit, a lot of captains were changed. It didn't help that the players were all in the same age-group. It created an ego problem.

The team appears to have settled down now. Are you planning to stage a come back?

I didn't wage this battle against match-fixing to make any personal gains. I couldn't accept what was going on. I had protested against that. I owe everything to this great game.

And I still haven't called it quits. I am just back from London after undergoing a minor surgery. I want to get back in shape before our domestic season gets under way.

I strongly feel I have a lot to offer to the team with a bat in my hand, but I am not suggesting that I be given back my place in the side because of my crusade against match-fixing. If I am good enough I will be back.

Are you enjoying your role as a TV commentator?

It is a whole new experience. To share the microphone with the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri is a great honour. Here you talk about others' performance.

Doing commentary is fun, but it cannot compare with the thrill of being involved in actual action on the ground. Commentary is a serious option for a later stage.


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