A sulking Miandad ponders over the future

Published: Thursday, May 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) may have decided to continue with the services of Javed Miandad, but the coach is "not jumping with joy" and instead having a rethink on his future plans.

"I am hurt and upset at the way the Board has created uncertainty and put a question mark on my integrity and credibility as coach. I am not jumping with joy because the Board now says that they will allow me to complete my two-year coaching contract. I will now have to think about my future plans," Miandad said.

PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had said that it had been decided to retain Miandad as coach until his contract expired next year.

But Miandad said he was not happy at the way things had gone after the home series loss to India and.

"I am not a child anymore. I know all these things. Since we lost to India, there have been attempts to shift the blame on the coach and the Board has also really made no effort to defend my role and only added to the uncertainty," he was quoted as saying in local media.

"If on the basis of one series, they can question my credibility, integrity, standing and dedication to Pakistan cricket, then should I be content simply because they have now decided I should continue?"

Miandad, serving his third term as the coach, also said he would be seeking a meeting with the PCB chairman and chief executive in the next few days to discuss and sort out a number of issues.

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