“Fixing happened because players were scared for their future”- Javed Miandad after Pakistan’s loss in T20 WC final

Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad launched a scathing attack on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) after the Men in Green suffered a crushing loss in the final of the T20 World Cup 2022 against England in MCG on November 13.

The legendary cricketer blamed the PCB and coaches for Pakistan’s failure to win the T20 World Cup. He heavily criticized the PCB for hiring foreign coaches over the past few years and said it played a crucial role in their failure at the ICC events.

Pakistan has Shaun Tait as their bowling coach, while Matthew Hayden was the team mentor for the tournament in Australia.

Javed Miandad said in a Pakistani TV show: “Ham logon ne county cricket kheli hai, magar aaj jo ye ladke khel rahe hain, inka future kya hai? (We have played County, but what’s the future of the players who are playing right now?).”

He further said in frustration over the PCB’s reliance on foreign coaches, “Lao na inko, inse ham log question karenge. Puche toh sahi ham bhi, batao cricket ke baare me. (Bring them to the studio, we will ask them questions. We also want to know what they know about cricket). PCB apne aap ko bachati hai ki aasani se aa jayein, fir ham log sahi hain. (Board tries to save itself with such hirings).”

On why match fixing scandals happened so often in the past in Pakistan, Miandad said: “Apne logon ko dekhein, apne logon ne jo cricket kheli hai. Mujhe aisa kuch nahi hai, mujhe badi offers aati hain par main nahi jata. Ye jo players khel rahe hain, ab ye aaj khel rahe hain. Inka future kya hai? Unko pata hai ki aaj maine kuch nahi kiya, toh kal main kya karunga? Fixing iss vajah se hui thi. Sabko dar tha ki ye kaat na de humko.

(Look at our crickets who have played cricket in the past. I’m not talking about myself, I’ve received a lot of offers in the past but I didn’t go. What will happen to players who are playing in the present times? They know they don’t have anywhere to go if they don’t perform. Fixing happened because of this very reason. Everyone was scared that their career will be over).”