LAHORE –Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ch Zaka Ashraf has asked former cricket legend and Test skipper, Javed Miandad to guide the Pakistan youngsters during their conditioning camp for the preparations of Under-19 World Cup to be held in Australia next month, it has been learnt.
“Javed Miandad is not appointed as batting consultant, but has been asked to work with the under-19 players before they leave for Australia to participate in the World Cup,” one of the sources in the PCB confirmed on Sunday.
Miandad has also been told to work with the senior team, ahead of their One-day and Twenty20 series against Australia to be played in United Arab Emirates from August 28 to September 10, after team return from Sri Lanka tour, the source added.
“Javed Miandad is without any doubt one of the greatest batsmen produced by Pakistan and since he is an employee of the Board and everyone feels he is the best man to work for the cricket betterment and can offers some guidance to the batsmen at any level,” the source said.
Javed Miandad shown his willingness to guide youngsters and to impart tips to the players that can improve their weaknesses and also improve their batting, fielding and bowling abilities as the legend is ready to serve Pakistan cricket in any capacity, the source added.
He said although former Test batsmen Haroon Rasheed and Sabih Azhar were attached with the under-19 team, the feeling was that Miandad could do a lot to improve the skills of the players in the every department of game, the source revealed.
There has been a growing concern in Pakistan that why former cricketing greats don’t work or are not asked to work with the junior teams.
Miandad has been working with the Pakistan Cricket Board as Director General since 2008, but since Zaka Ashraf took charge as Chairman last year he has been given more responsibilities. The veteran of 124 Tests has coached the senior team during three different stints. Many former players have suggested that Miandad should be appointed batting consultant with the senior team, a position the former great has rejected time and again.
Pakistan colts play Afghanistan in their World Cup opener on August 11.