Miandad finds solace in foreign teams~~ respect

Published: Sunday, June 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Javed Miandad has said he was upset by the way he was treated by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), but was taking heart from the fact that he still commanded respect as a former player and coach from foreign teams and players including those from India.

"I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed and upset with the way I have had to leave my job... (But) I can at least take satisfaction from the fact that there is a lot of respect and regard for my contribution and standing as a former player and coach," Miandad said.

"Foreign teams visiting Pakistan have sought time with me and we have had good discussions on the game and coaching. Even some of the Indian players didn't hesitate to talk to me when they were here recently. They gave me a lot of respect. I have received several invitations to hold coaching classes abroad," said the former captain who was sacked as coach earlier this week.

Miandad chose not to comment on his successor Bob Woolmer's offer to help him take the Pakistan team forward.

"Woolmer is a good friend and we have come across each other a lot of times while playing County cricket and the Kerry Packer World Series. He also came to my home when he was here with the South African team.

"I have a lot of respect for him because he is basically a very nice man and very soft spoken. But at present I don't want to say anything on this subject," the 47-year-old was quoted as saying in The News.

The new Pakistan coach had said on Thursday he held Miandad in high regard and would like to have his input and advice for handling the Pakistan team.

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