Injustice has been done to Faisal, says Miandad

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Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 17:07 [IST]
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Injustice has been done to players

Lahore, Jul 10: Former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad has said that the selection committee has done injustice to his nephew Faisal Iqbal, as he has not been a regular member of the national side.

"No doubt injustice has been done to some players including Faisal. But at the same time, as a professional, I believe if he keeps on scoring runs there is no way he will not be rewarded in time," Miandad said.

Faisal was recalled for the tour of Sri Lanka after a gap of two years.

Since Pakistan Cricket Board preferred to play Ayub Dogar, the debutant after Misbah ul Haq was banned for a Test match for slow over rate, Faisal was ignored.

Miandad felt a seasoned player like Faisal should have got a chance when an experienced player like Misbah was not available, but unfortunately selectors insisted on playing a debutant.

"But in Sri Lanka this didn't happen and it was not fair. But I don't want to create any negativity because I believe a player has his own destiny to fulfil."

Miandad, pleased to have been handed over the responsibility to work with the U-19 players and members of the senior team during their camps in Lahore, said players who have played a couple of international matches do not need coaching.

"But I have always said that players who have played around 200 ODIs or 50 Tests don't need any coaching. They just need to be fine-tuned. I believe the younger players can benefit more from my experience," he said.

The former Pakistan skipper, admitted that Pakistan players have not been very consistent over the years.

"A coach can only advice a player but it is the player who has to go and perform and handle the situation in the middle.

He also made it clear that his family commitments kept him away from accepting coaching offers.

"But now I have time and if required can also go on tours with the team."

When asked if he had problems with the current coach Dav Whatmore, Miandad said there were no clashes between them.

"The board has also appointed Whatmore... he will do his job and I will do what I have to do."

He further added that justice was not done when he was the coach as he was removed as coach in 2004.

"I was removed in 2004 when my contract still remained. When I told the board what needed to be done they didn't listen. They were not fair in dealing with me as coach."


Story first published:  Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 18:59 [IST]
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