Javed Miandad said menace of fixing in 1999 weakened Pakistan cricket
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has revealed the reason of his controversial decision to step down as the national team coach ahead of the 1999 World Cup due to the “menace of fixing” that “weakened the roots of Pakistan cricket”.
“I told the then Chairman of the cricket board, Khalid Mehmood to take action or Pakistan cricket would suffer irreparable damage in coming times. My conscience didn’t allow me to continue as a coach so I stepped down in 1999,” Miandad said.
Miandad is a legendary Pakistan batsman who played 124 Tests and 233 one-day internationals and also served as Director General cricket in the PCB.
“In 1999 the menace of fixing was weakening the roots of Pakistan cricket,” he added.
Miandad was forced to step down as coach weeks before the World Cup in England when some members of the team revolted against him.
Players at the reception in Islamabad prior to three World Cup in England refused to play under the coaching of Miandad as he made baseless accusations against them of fixing matches during an earlier tournament in Sharjah.
Two senior players had reportedly threatened Miandad to beat him up with the bat during an altercation in the dressing room where the latter accused them of deliberately under-performing in a match against England.
Miandad was also surprised by the comment of then PCB chairman Kahlid Mehmood, who said Miandad wanted more powers in player’s selection
“What he has said is not the truth. The fact is that I had warned him than that some players were deliberately changing results and under-performing in matches. I told him to take action or Pakistan cricket would suffer in the coming years. But he didn’t believe in me and today we are seeing the damage done to Pakistan cricket,” Miandad told the ‘Jung’ newspaper in an interview.
“Some years later Saeed Anwar came to me and apologised to me for being part of the campaign against me and admitted that senior players used to instigate the junior players against me,” he claimed.
“Later on in the World Cup, this same group of players were responsible for the shock defeat against Bangladesh and then what happened in the final is now part of history,” he said.