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Javed Miandad and PCB chief Najam Sethi engross in war of words

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Karachi: May 7, 2014

A war of words has broken out between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi and former captain Javed Miandad after the latter’s resignation from the post of PCB’s Director General (cricket).

Sethi reacted last night to the constant barrage of criticism unleashed by Miandad since his resignation was accepted by the managing committee, which now runs cricket affairs in the country.

Asked about the criticism by Miandad on a number of issues including the sacking of around 150 employees of the Board, Sethi said that even if 200 more employees were released it wouldn’t make a big difference to the financial health of the board.

He dismissed Miandad’s contention that the board had sacked mostly lower grade employees.

“This is not true there are only 25 per cent lower grade employees in the Board. Miandad himself was costing the board around Rs 15 million a year to the board,” Sethi said.

“We have tried to utilise the money we paid to him by appointing former players as coaches who will now make positive contributions in the national cricket academy and in domestic cricket,” he added.

Miandad has gone on warpath against the PCB for the last few days after serving as DG cricket since 2008.

Even last night he criticised Sethi and the managing committee for taking long term decisions by appointing Waqar Younis for two years and Moin Khan also as chief selector for same period.

“They don’t have the mandate to take long term decisions so how can they do this. In the end they will go and these poor players will be running around courts to settle cases,” he pointed out.

The former captain said he had a lot of secrets about the way Pakistan cricket has been run and in due course of time he would spill the beans.

Miandad said that other countries were taking steps to save their sport from fixing menace but Pakistan had learnt no lessons from the past as Sethi didn’t have any understanding of the game.

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