Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) threw its weight behind coach Javed Miandad on Wednesday, ending a seven-player revolt that had threatened the start of next week's internationals with England.
The players were upset because of a dispute with Miandad over how to distribute prize money the team won for reaching the semi-finals of the ICC Knock-out Trophy this month in Kenya.But PCB chairman Tauqir Zia announced the protest had ended after he held a two-hour discussion with the seven players. Zia said that while he accepted that the players had cricketing grievances with Miandad, it was not up to them what he was paid.''The players' argument on what should be his professional fee or if he should not have a share in prize money is weightless. It is not the players' but the Board's discretion what contract they offer to the coach,'' he told a press conference.
''If the players have to revolt, they should do it against the Board because it was the board that appointed him,'' he said.Seven players, comprising skipper Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Ijaz Ahmad and Saqlain Mushtaq had rebelled against Miandad over the money dispute.
''I would support Javed Miandad as coach because I have appointed him. His words are final. He is a seasoned cricketer with a lot of experience behind him,'' Zia said.
Khan said, ''The problem has been sorted out. What happened between the four walls and under the roof is confidential.'' Miandad, a former captain who holds Pakistan's record for test runs, said he was upset with news of the protest and unhappy the players went to the board instead of him.''The players didn't tell me that they were unhappy with me. I had a meeting with the PCB boss but I haven't talked to the players.'' Zia also said he was upset that dressing room problems had become public.''The team is like a family and in any family, there can be several problems. But that doesn't mean that each time there is a trouble, the players should go to the media,'' he said.
''It would have avoided a needless controversy on the eve of a prestigious series against England,'' Zia said. England open their first tour of Pakistan in 13 years on October 24 with the first of three One-Day Internationals. Miandad's first term as coach ended in controversy when he resigned on the eve of last year's World Cup after a verbal clash with his players in Sharjah. He was reappointed in March this year and given the assignment until the 2003 World Cup.Pakistan's last cricket revolt in 1994-95 was led by Younis against Akram.
The nine-player rebellion had demanded the inclusion of Miandad who had been dropped along with Ramiz Raja and Khan for the tour of New Zealand. Miandad, Raja and Khan were not recalled but Akram was replaced by Salim Malik as captain.(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions
Pak players protest against coach Miandad