Karachi:In a major development, Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday brought in former Test captain Javed Miandad as the new Director General of the board.
Miandad, who will look after all cricket related matters in the board, takes over as DG with immediate effect.
The post of DG has been created for Miandad who is said to have close links with President Asif Ali Zardari and was initially asked to become coach of the national team.
There were talks about Miandad coming in as a member of the governing body, but sources close to him said he had made it clear to PCB chief Ejaz Butt he would not serve Pakistan cricket in a minor position and wanted more powers.
Miandad, who played 124 Tests and 233 One-dayers in his illustrious career, said he was thrilled to get the new assignment.
"I am happy to back in an official position where I think I can do a lot of good for Pakistan cricket," said the 51-year-old Pakistan's most prolific Test run getter.
"My main task would be to look after all cricket related affairs including international and domestic cricket. And my first priority is to make our club and domestic structures more productive and also work with the national academy staff to make it an effective platform for producing talent," he said.
The former captain made it clear that he would not interfere in the working of the national team as the board had appointed a team management.
"The team has done well but I will be working in coordination with them and if they need my help or advise I am always there for them. But I will not disturb the team management's working," he said.
The Chairman of the board, Ejaz Butt had last month made key appointments preferring to bring in former Test players.
He appointed Saleem Altaf as COO, Wasim Bari as director human resources and Aamir Sohail as director of the cricket academy.
For Miandad it is a comeback of sorts as in 2004 he was sacked as national team coach by former PCB Chairman, Shaharyar Khan and late Bob Woolmer replaced him.
Since then Miandad has had acrimonious relations with the previous board set-ups.
Saleem Altaf, who was first appointed DG and then chief operating officer, said he didn't see any conflict between the positions held by him and Miandad.
"There is no doubting Miandad's cricketing credentials and expertise. I am responsible for all the paper work and administrative matters. Miandad will be looking after all cricket related matters maybe even practically,"