Javed Miandad denies abusing Abbas Zaidi

Published: Saturday, May 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Always in the thick of action for both right and wrong reasons, former captain and coach Javed Miandad has denied abusing senior Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official Abbas Zaidi during a dinner here last week.

Last week, former PCB Chairman Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia had given a dinner for the Indian and Pakistani senior teams and Miandad was accused of abusing Zaidi on the occasion.

PCB Director Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf came up with a statement and described Miandad's behaviour as 'disappointing'.

Insisiting that despite his occasional outbursts against the board, he has nothing personal against PCB or its officials and Miandad denied abusing Zaidi, whom he described as a friend.

''I have known Zaidi since 1982 and I didn't use any abusive language against the Board or him. I did make some complaints regarding how they treat and shun former players and some other cricket issues. But no crude language was used,'' Miandad said.

On Altaf's statement, Miandad said, ''Altaf was not even at the dinner so he doesn't know what exactly happened. But to say it was not the right forum to speak is not correct because it was a conversation between me and Zaidi and no one was listening.'' ''As a former captain and player I know how important it is to maintain a good image of Pakistan and cricket,'' he added.

''I've always stayed away from controversies and refrained from making unnecessary statements when I'm in any official capacity.

Although I prefer to keep my views to myself, that day I conveyed my views to Zaidi because I know him well,'' he added, adding the entire issue had been blown up.

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