Miandad signs a lucrative contract with Pakistan Board

More than two months after taking charge, Pakistan coach Javed Miandad finally signed a lucrative Rs. (Pak.) 10 million a year contract with the Cricket Board. Miandad's contract, which would include a monthly salary of $8,000, is commensurate with the salary and perks enjoyed by previous coach Richard Pybus in the run up to the World Cup.

Miandad, who had been appointed as coach immediately after the World Cup, had delayed signing on the contract, apparently due to differences over his salary and perks. He guided the team in the one-day tournaments in Sharjah and Sri Lanka recently without a contract. However, he finally signed after being told by the Pakistan Cricket Board that any further delay would lead to audit complications, local daily The News reported. Miandad was given the contract in Rawalpindi when the team had assembled for a reception hosted by Board chairman Lt Gen Tauqir Zia and he signed it. The tenure of the contract was not known. "Miandad was not pushed to sign the contract because he knew whenever he did sign it, the contract would be valid from the date he took over as Pakistan coach and he would receive all back-dated payments," a PCB official was quoted as saying.