Early CareerMiandad, born on June 12, 1957, had keen interest in cricket from a young age. He even agreed to field in games played at the Muslim Gymkhana for Rs 50. His father also worked for Karachi Cricket Association (KCA) which helped him to gain knowledge from top cricketers. There is a story of how Miandad while playing for Karachi against a rival club side had asked the manager of the team to send him into bat with 18 runs required off a mere three balls. The manager agreed, with the batsman in the middle retiring out. Remember, the batsman who was forced to retire out was none other than the captain of the set-up! Miandad, with boyish adventurism, went on to clobber three sixes.
Success in the earlyIn the same season, Miandad was appointed as Pakistan's captain for the first time, against the touring Australia. He scored 181 runs at the average over 60 in the series, including 106 runs not out at the Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, and Pakistan won the three-match series 1-0. In the solitary series of the 1980-81 at home, against the West Indies, Miandad scored 230 runs at the average of 32.85. He scored 60 of the 128 runs in the Pakistan's first innings of the third Test match, after they were 14 runs for four wickets. In the 1981-82, during the Pakistan's tour of Australia, Miandad captained the Pakistan team in three Test maches. During the first Test at Perth, he was involved in an unpleasant controversy with Dennis Lillee, where the two players came into contact after Lillee blocked Miandad's way while he was taking a single.Pakistan lost the first two matches of the series, but they won the third Test at Malbourne by an innings and 82 runs, and finished the series 2-1. Miandad batted consistently throughout the series, but could not get support from his team-mates as a captain. He scored 205 runs from five innings at the average of 41.00, including two half-centuries.In the home series of the same season against Sri Lanka, he captained the team in three Tests, although the players refused to play under his captaincy following the Lillee-Miandad controversy. Pakistan won the series by 2-0, with Miadad scoring 176 at the average over 35, including 92 runs at the National Stadium.After the refusal of senior players to play under Miandad captaincy, Imran Khan was appointed as a new captain for the 1982 England tour; Khan was leading the team for the first time. Pakistan lost the three-Test match series 2-1, with Miandad scoring 178 runs at the average of 35.60. In his next series against the touring Australia, he scored his eighth century138 runs in the third Test at the Gaddafi Stadium, and ensured Pakistan's third successive win in the series. On his performance in the series, the cricket almanack Wisden noted that he "grew further in stature as an international batsman, his youthful audacity now being supplanted by a technical competence and insatiable appetite for runs.
Later careerDuring the Pakistan tour to England, he scored 153 not out in the first Test at Edgbaston, Birmingham. From then to his retirement he scored 578 runs, without scoring a century, at the average of 32.11 in 11 Tests. He made only four half-centuries during that period. Miandad played 124 Test matches, batting in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs was a Pakistani record until Younis Khan broke it in 2015Inzamam ul Haq also came close to breaking this record just falling short by 4 runs . Even though his test career spanned 17 years, he failed to make it into the top-most category of batsmen with test aggregates of over 10,000 runs. Miandad's 23 centuries and 43 fifties were Pakistani national records, until they were broken by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Miandad's Test career batting average of 52.57 is currently the highest for Pakistani batsmen. He scored six double centuries which is the most by a Pakistani and 6th overall. He has honour of became the first batsman in the history of test cricket to scoring centuries in both 1st and 100th test (against New Zealand and India respectively). He made his highest score of 280 not out against India.Pakistan went on to win that match by an innings and 119 runs.
Coaching and commentaryMiandad is one of the only individuals to have coached the Pakistan Cricket Team three times. He was first appointed coach in September 1998. Under his reign Pakistan defeated India in India (once in the Test series which ended 1-1, and once in the Asian Test Championship), won the tri-series in India, won the Asian Test Championship and won the 1999 Sharjah Cup in April. Strangely, Miandad faxed his resignation to the PCB in late April 1999, just before the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The reason for his first resignation was unknown. Many cited hiring of Richard Pybus (technical coach) and Sarfaraz Nawaz (bowling coach) as a possible reason. Others suggested unrest with senior players.In 2000, after Moin Khan took over captaincy from Saeed Anwar, Miandad was reappointed as the coach. During his second reign, Pakistan won the Sharjah Cup (March 2000), the West Indies tri-series and the test series in Sri Lanka. Pakistan lost the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal under his reign. Miandad was removed along with Moin Khan in April 2001 after Pakistan lost the ODI series in New Zealand. There were also reports of match fixing during the preceding Test series which Pakistan drew after losing the third game.After Pakistan's dismal show in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, another cleanup operation was undertaken by the PCB, naming Rashid Latif as captain and Javed Miandad as team coach in March 2003. During this reign, Miandad won Pakistan the Sharjah Cup (April 2003) bereft of big names like Inzamam and Yousaf. Pakistan won the home test series against South Africaafter losing 3-2 in the ODI series. Pakistan lost the home ODI series to India in 2004 and following the loss of the test series, Miandad was shown the door in June 2004, being replaced by South African Bob Woolmer.
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