PCB appoints Miandad as director-general

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Lahore, Nov 19 (UNI) Former captain Javed Miandad was today appointed as the director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

According to a PCB spokesman, Miandad will takes charge with immediate effect while the outgoing director-general former fast bowler Saleem Altaf will now take charge as chief operating officer.

The ceremonial post will require Miandad to advise the PCB on development of the game and how to attract international teams to Pakistan.

Miandad will get a package of Rs five lakhs besides other perks for the post.

The 51-year-old former middle-order batsman said he was pleased to accept the job and he will give his best for the betterment of Pakistan cricket.

''Pakistan cricket is going through a tough phase but I'm hopeful that with an united effort we will come out of it.

My priority will be to restore the image of Pakistan cricket which has been hit by controversies in the recent past,'' he said.

A veteran of 124 Tests and 233 ODI's, Miandad stressed that to imporove the condition of game in the country there is a need for developing Pakistan cricket at the grassroot level.

''I have played a lot of cricket and with my experience I know what are the problems which Pakistan cricket is facing, so I will do my level best to help Pakistan cricket develop in the right manner,'' said Miandad.

He also went on to add that he will try to convince international teams to tour Pakistan.

''I will use my connections to convince teams to tour Pakistan and our cricket will be back to normal soon,'' he added.

Miandad who was highly tipped to take over as Pakistan's coach following the dismissal of Geoff Lawson last month, had turned down a fourth stint in charge of the team.

Miandad was the third former Pakistani Test cricketer, who has been given an important position in the national cricket set-up by PCB chief Ijaz Butt, who himself is a former Test opener.

Altaf was made Chief Operating Officer while former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam was appointed as the national team coach soon after Butt took over as the PCB chief.

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