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Miandad may quit after Test series

Abdul Waheed | April 08, 2004 16:18 IST

Pakistan coach Javed Miandad might quit following the Test series against India after criticism of his team's performances during the 3-2 defeat in last month's one-day series, he said on Wednesday.

"I have a two-year contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) but I'll review my future with the team once this series is over," Miandad told Reuters.

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"I've been very disappointed and upset with some comments in the media and I'm not sure if I want to continue," he added.

The former Test captain was asked to take charge of the team last year as Pakistan attempted to rebuild after a disappointing campaign at the 2003 World Cup.

Under Miandad, they won their last three Test series against Bangladesh, South Africa and New Zealand.

But the side were heavily criticised after India came back from 2-1 down to win last month's five-match one-day series with some former Pakistan players making unsubstantiated charges that the matches were fixed.

"What hurts most is that there is criticism on the basis of just one or two bad performances," Miandad said.

Pakistan levelled the three-match Test series against India, after winning the second Test by nine wickets in Lahore on Thursday.

"I'm very happy with how the boys have bounced back in this match. But this performance has been soured by the damaging and unfair criticism in the last two weeks," he said.

Miandad, whose previous two terms as Pakistan coach ended in controversial circumstances in 1999 and 2001 after reports of problems with the board and the players, said he would welcome the appointment of anyone who could do a better job.

"I've never asked to be appointed coach of the senior team. The board have always come to me to help out in a crisis," he said.


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