Miandad to meet Butt to decide on his job on Tuesday

Karachi: Former captain Javed Miandad will decide whether to accept the role of batting consultant in the Pakistan team after a meeting with PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt in Lahore on Tuesday.

Well-placed sources said that Miandad, who is also director-general cricket in the board, has been given time by Butt to meet him tomorrow in which the sensitive issue of the terms and conditions under which Miandad will work in the team would be discussed.

“Miandad will inform the Chairman of his decision tomorrow particularly if he is willing to go to New Zealand with the team or even work with the players in the national camp being set up in Lahore from Wednesday,” one source said.

The Pakistan Cricket Board had asked Miandad to work as a batting and fielding consultant with the team in the camp and also go to New Zealand. Besides, it also put forth some clear conditions for the former captain.

The primary conditions include that Miandad will work under the supervision of head coach Waqar Younis and will not directly coach the players without taking the coach into confidence about his plans.

These conditions have not gone down well with the former captain who has also remained coach of the national team on three separate occasions.

“If his conditions are not met by the board under which he wants work with the team then he might just prefer to help out in the training camp and not go to New Zealand,” the source added.

Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam is also unaware of Miandad’s availability as batting consultant and said this was a direct issue between the former captain and his employers.

The head coach of the national team, Waqar Younis would also be reaching Lahore from Australia to join the camp on the December 8th.

Miandad has already written a letter to Butt making it clear that the conditions being forth to him to work as batting consultant were not acceptable to him given he was much senior to Waqar.

Another source said that Butt was also under pressure from the top to utilise the expertise of Miandad who himself had asked the chief patron of the board, President Asif Ali Zardari that he should be given some cricketing assignment.


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