I~~ve nothing personal against PCB: Miandad

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:After going hammer and tongs at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for months, former Pakistan Test captain and coach Javed Miandad wore a mellowed look saying that he had never harboured any personal grudges against the Pakistan cricket board or against coach Bob Woolmer.

The Pakistan's highest run-getter was quoted as saying in a Pakistan daily-The News that his differences with the board were based only on principles and nothing else.

"I was not happy with the way they (authorities concerned) removed me as coach. I don't think they treated me with the self-respect someone of my stature deserved."

"Even if they had decided to bring in Woolmer, they could've done it in a more respectable manner and taken me into confidence. I wouldn't have objected and perhaps might even have offered/agreed to work with him (Woolmer) for the betterment of the team," Miandad was quoted as saying.

The former ace batsman, however offered his services for the country whenever required.

"To me nothing is bigger than Pakistan cricket and my self-respect; I was hurt with the way the Board treated me; that is all but it's a thing of the past and I don't want this impression created that because I was removed as coach I'm trying to settle scores with them," Miandad said.

Miandad denied that the change of heart had anything to do with the PCB releasing his payment of approximately 4.5 million rupees as his outstanding fees for the remaining period of his two-year contract as coach.

"The money was always due to me as under the contract as they had agreed to pay me 50% of my full fee for the 11 months that remained in my contract," Miandad said.

"No, I'm saying all this because recently there have been stories that I had a personal vendetta with the Board or the coach."

It's worth noting that Miandad was asked to resign last April as national coach with 11 months of his two-year coaching contract with the PCB.

Feeling insulted by his unceremonious removal, Miandad threatened to take PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan to court demanding an explanation for a statement made by him regarding the reasons for removal but decided against following up the case as saner counsel prevailed in him.

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