PCB seeks Miandad’s reply on show-cause notice

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The Pakistan Cricket Board is looking for ways to seek response from its Director General Javed Miandad to the notice he was served for speaking against the board’s policies. Miandad has not yet replied to the notice but that has not stopped the PCB from setting a fresh deadline for the former captain to reply to a show-cause notice accusing him of breaching his employment contract with the PCB. A PCB official was quoted as saying that Miandad was asked to respond by Monday as he had yet to send his reply to the showcause notice sent to him earlier. “We have told him that he should respond by Monday to the notice as per the process. If he does not respond then we will see the next course of action,” the official said. Miandad, who is employed as Director General (Cricket) since 2008 on a lucrative package, had said that after closely watching the working of the board, he was convinced 90 percent decisions were erroneous. Relations between the PCB and Miandad are said to have got tense after a meeting the board’s chief patron Asif Zardari held with the sports fraternity in Karachi this week to discuss efforts to raise funds for the flood victims in Sindh. “The board chairman, Ijaz Butt is obviously not happy that Miandad during the meeting went against the policy of the board and voted for shifting the National Twenty20 championship to Karachi,” one source said. He said even after the meeting Miandad spoke to the media and repeated his demand that the board move the tournament to Karachi, which it eventually did on the directives of the President. Cricket analysts believe that Miandad fired his salvo against the PCB and its chairman as he feels that Butt will not get an extension when his three-year tenure expires on October 8.