Gambling destroyed cricket in Pakistan, says Javed Miandad

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad feels the absence of accountability and a proper system coupled with gambling have destroyed cricket as well as other sports in the country.

Javed Miandad. Pic/AFP
Javed Miandad. Pic/AFP 

"In our days there was no match fixing and neither did I ever gamble or else I wouldn't have got the respect I have today from the masses. But definitely gamblers and gambling is bad for Pakistan cricket," Miandad told Geo News.

Miandad was removed as head coach just before the 1999 World Cup after he confronted some players during a tournament in Sharjah about their involvement in gambling. After that incident, the players had apparently rebelled against him.

Wrong choice of people
Miandad insisted that Pakistan cricket's decline is also because of politics, wrong choice of people who head the cricket affairs and absence off a permanent system. "I don't think Shaharyar Khan is the right choice for the Chairman's position.

He is a cricket enthusiast but does not understand the nitty gritty of the sport. Even Najam Sethi was not a good choice. In my opinion Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia and Ijaz Butt were right for the Chairman's post," said Miandad.

The former skipper and coach believes while Imran Khan is a good choice, his political career doesn't allow him any time for cricket. Miandad pointed out that there was a need to have a permanent and effective cricket system in the country, which should work regardless of who was in the board.

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