One-day series against NZ fixed: Miandad
Published: Saturday, April 7, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Karachi: Sacked coach Javed Miandad alleged on Saturday Pakistan's recent One-day series loss against New Zealand was fixed and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should launch an inquiry. "Enough is enough. I was silent just for the country's sake but now I must come out in open. We have video and audio footage that can prove we lost to New Zealand due to match-fixing," Miandad told AFP. Pakistan lost the series 2-3 against New Zealand and suffered a humiliating defeat in the final Test at Hamilton to level the three-Test series 1-1. "Match-fixing should be eliminated from Pakistan and PCB should launch another inquiry so that facts can be ascertained," said Miandad who was sacked on Tuesday after the team's dismal tour. Pakistan cricket has been haunted by match-fixing allegations for the last six years. A judicial inquiry conducted by Justice Malik Mohammad Qayyum banned former Pakistan captain Salim Malik and pacer Ataur Rehman for life in May last year. Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed and Akram Raza were fined after the Qayyum Commission's inquiry. "I could have said this before the World Cup but I thought Pakistan's performance in the World Cup will get affected," Miandad said. Pakistan's two matches in the 1999 World Cup were considered suspect in some quarters. Pakistan lost the final One-day match against New Zealand last month after putting up an imposing total of 285 runs. "Our batsmen were getting out one after the other in a suspicious manner in the second match and bowlers with over 300-match experience bowled wayward in the final match," Miandad alleged, without naming anyone. Miandad suggested Pakistan should always hire a foreign physiotherapist so that players did not fake injury. "They can be checked if they feign injury," he said, referring to six Pakistani players falling injured during the New Zealand tour. Express pacer Shoaib Akhtar, Akram, Abdur Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood and Saeed Anwar reporting injured and returned home during the One-day series. Denying he had been sacked, Miandad said, "I had offered to resign after the One-day series against New Zealand but PCB chairman wanted me to continue. "They wanted me to be the coach in Sharjah as well but I refused it myself," he said, referring to three-nation series involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand, starting in the Gulf Emirate from Sunday. "Give me a young team and I will produce results," said Miandad, under whose two tenures Pakistan lost four series.