Karachi: Former captains Javed Miandad and Waqar Younis have started a war of words after PCB offered Pakistan’s batting and fielding consultant job for the New Zealand team to the former.
Pakistan team’s head coach Waqar Younis who is these days in Sydney made it loud and clear that he would remain in charge and Miandad’s role would be restricted in the team.
Miandad on Friday hit back warning Waqar to be careful while choosing his words.
“I think Waqar should realize my stature as a player and director general of cricket in the PCB before making any such comments. He should also realize that we are both employees of the board and not allowed to make such statements against each other. I can easily enough get a show cause notice issued to him for his remarks,” Miandad said.
He also made it clear that he had turned down the offer from the board in a letter sent to the board Chairman, Ijaz Butt since he couldn’t work under the supervision of Waqar who had played under him and was much junior to him.
“I am not going to be answerable to Waqar as far as my work is concerned I am only answerable to the board Chairman and I can’t work under such restrictions,” Miandad said.
After making him an offer the board sent another agreement letter to Miandad outlining the terms and conditions under which he would work in the Pakistan team on the New Zealand tour.
The conditions included that he would report to Waqar Younis, discuss all plans and schedules with him and not undertake any coaching session without approval of the head coach.
Waqar also added fuel to fire from Sydney when he said that Miandad’s addition to the panel of coaches will not affect his role with the team.
While welcoming the PCB move to approach Miandad, Waqar, however, made it clear that he was fine as long as Miandad’s role did not clash with his as head coach.
“I will send players to him whenever he wants them. He can work on their technique and sort out their difficulties. But when it comes to match strategy, that’s my job,” Younis said.