Miandad, Raja face the axe after series loss

Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2004, 0:45 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq will continue to hold his job but the axe may fall on CEO Ramiz Raja and coach Javed Miandad, who have been under the scanner following the team's disastrous show against India.

"Inzamam has been appointed as captain till the end of 2004 and Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has informed him about the decision to let him continue," PCB spokesman Sami-ul Hasan said from Karachi on Monday.

"Now he can concentrate on the efforts to rebuild the team."

The decision to continue Inzamam would be a big boost for the burly right-hander as local media had denounced his captaincy during the India series as "lacklustre" and "uninspiring".

Although the PCB is yet to take any decision on Raja, Miandad and team-manager Haroon Rashid, there have been feelers that the trio may be on their way out.

On Miandad, whose contract lasts till 2005, Hasan evaded a direct reply, saying only that the PCB chief had taken a "favourable view" of the achievement of the coach. But he declined to comment on media reports that the Board had approached Australian cricketer Dean Jones for the coaching job.

A section of the media here speculated that PCB was considering appointing Jones, who did TV commentary during the Indo-Pak series, for the post as he has a good rapport with the PCB establishment.

Local daily 'The Nation' reported that PCB has already informed Jones about the offer. As far as Raja was concerned, Shaharyar has appreciated his organising skills, but has had reservations about him continuing as the CEO as well as a TV commentator.

Raja was appointed directly by President General Pervez Musharraf, who is also the patron of the PCB, and the PCB Chief himself appreciated his services.

"Raja was appointed with a brief to organise the Indo-Pak series in a befitting manner and he was quite successful in that," Hasan said.

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