President enhanced my power, but PCB sidelining me: Miandad

Lahore: Director General of PCB Javed Miandad has claimed that President Asif Ali Zardari, chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board, has vested him with “more authority and power” within the body but the board is sidelining him.

“When I met with the chief patron, President Asif Zardari, he had clearly told the board chairman to give me more authority and power and that I should look after international and domestic cricket,” said former skipper Miandad said.

The President had also asked him to “supervise our involvement in promoting cricket in China, but nothing of that sort has happened,” he claimed.

The former captain had met with the chief patron sometime back to discuss cricket matters and was assured by President Zardari that he would have enhanced powers in the board.

However, Miandad alleged that the board had not bothered to even consult him while deciding to hold the national T20 championship in Lahore, and then announcing the T20 and One-day squads for the upcoming series against South Africa before the championship had started.

“The national T20 event has lost its charm and importance for players. What incentive do they now have to do well in the tournament when the teams (for the South Africa series) have already been announced. I would never have supported such a move,” Miandad said during the National T20 Championship here.

Miandad also said that he did not attend the opening ceremony of the recently inaugurated national T20 event because he was not invited despite his name figuring on the guests list.

“My name was read out but I didn’t get any invitation, so how can I go? I feel this is just a move to give an impression that I don’t want to work in the board and carry out my duties and I wanted an explanation as to why I was not invited,” he said.

Sources said Miandad had, in a letter to the PCB chairman Ijaz Butt, complained he was still being sidelined and not being taken into confidence on key cricket issues.

The DG, PCB, said this was not happening “at all” and that is why he had written to Butt.

“I will also speak to him when he returns from Dubai because I want to play a more positive and effective role in the board. I want to contribute in cricket affairs.”