Saturday, 7 March 2015



Muhammad Javed Miandad (born 12 June 1957), Javed Miandad is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan's leading run scorer in Test cricket. the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced". He has served as a
captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for 
his historic last ball big sixer against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win winning an international game in that fashion for the 
first time. After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.

Personal Life:

Javed Miandad married Tahira Saigol in 1980. He has two sons and a daughter. His son Junaid Miandad is married to Mahrukh Ibrahim, daughter of Dawood Ibrahim, an Indian born underworld kingpin who currently resides in Dubai. Javed Miandad told the press that his son and Ibrahim's daughter met while studying together in the UK. In 2011, Javaid Miandad recorded Naat for Geo TV; his 'Sakoon Paya' 

was well received by his fans but he did not subsequently read any more Naat.


Pakistan first Test captain, Abdul Hafeez Kardar, when saw the Javed Miandad during 70, predicted famously about him, 'the find of the decade'. His inclusion in the Pakistan team was itself an achievement. A formidable batting line up of Mushtaq MohammadMajid KhanSadiq Mohammad,Zaheer AbbasAsif Iqbal and Wasim Raja were hard to break into, but Javed Miandad's raw talent made it possible and he become an integral part of 
Pakistan's strong batting line. He made his Test debut against New Zealand at the Gaddafi StadiumLahore on 9 October 1976. He scored 163 and 25 not out in that match, and became the youngest batsman to score a century on debut, at the age of 19 years and 119 days, he also took a wicket in the match and Pakistan won the match by six wickets. In the third match of the same series, he scored a double century 206 runs at the National Stadium,Karachi. He broke George Headley's 47 year old record, and became the youngest player aged 19 years and 140 days to score a double century. He scored 85 runs in the second innings, failing to accomplish the unique feat of scoring a double century and a century in a single match. Javed Miandad was the highest run scorer of the series, with 504 runs from five innings at the average of 126.00. His performance ensured Pakistan's victory in the three match series by 2-0.
During Pakistan's tour to Australia in 1976-77, he played three Tests and scored 148 runs at the average of 29.60. He also took five wickets in the series, including three wickets for 85 runs at the Adelaide Oval. In the 1977-78 home series against England, Javed Miandad scored 262 runs at the average of 131.00, including three half centuries. His highest score in an innings in the series was 88 runs not out at the Niaz StadiumHyderabad. Javed Miandad scored a Test century in his first match against India at the Iqbal StadiumFaisalabad, during the 1978-79 series between the teams. With 154 not out in the match, he completed his first 1,000 Test runs at the age of 21 years and 126 days; he took 23 innings and 14 matches to achieve the feat the second youngest batsman after Kapil Dev to do so. In the same series, by scoring another century at the National Stadium, he accumulated 357 runs from five innings at the average of 178.50, and ensured Pakistan's victory 2-0. In the same season, Javed Miandad played three matches in New Zealand, and accumulated 297 runs against them at the average of 99.00. Being the highest run scorer of the series, he also scored 160 not out at the Lancaster ParkChristchurch. During the Pakistan's tour to Australia in the same season, he scored 183 runs at the average of 61.00, including 129 runs not out at the WACA GroundPerth.
Under the captaincy of Asif Iqbal in 1979-80, Pakistan toured India and played a six Test match series against them. Miandad was one of the most 'consistent' batsmen, scoring 421 runs behind Sunil Gavaskar's 529 and Wasim Raja's 450 with the help of four fifties, averaged 42.10. During the third series at the Wankhede StadiumBombay, he completed 2,000 Test runs of his career, he took 42 innings and 24 matches to achieve the feat, and became the fastest Pakistani to do so. In the same season, Javed 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 StadiumFaisalabad, and Pakistan won the three match series 1-0. In the solitary series of the 1980-81 at home, against the West Indies, Javed 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, Javed 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 Javed 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. Javed 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.
Javed Miandad scored centuries in the each innings of the second Test of the 1984-85 series against New Zealand; he scored 104 and 103 not out at the Niaz StadiumHyderabad. In the second innings of the match, he established a partnership of 212 runs for third wicket with Mudassar, a Pakistani record at that time. This was the 1,000 match in the history of Test cricket. He was the highest run scorer of the series, with 337 runs at the average over 84, Pakistan won the series 2-0. Javed Miandad captained the Pakistan cricket team in the next series against the same team, which was played in New Zealand. He could not maintained his previous form against them, and only managed to score 138 runs, averaged below 28. During 1985-86 Sri Lankan tour to Pakistan, three Test matches were played between the teams. Javed Miandad, who was captaining Pakistan, made his third double century in the first Test at Iqbal Stadium. During his innings of 203 not out, he made a partnership of 397 runs with Qasim Umar who also made a double century in the innings for third wicket, which was eighth highest overall and second highest for the third wicket at that time. Javed Miandad's score of 306 runs from three innings were the most by any batsmen in the series, and his average for the score was 153.00. In the same season Pakistan visited Sri Lanka, and played three Tests against them. During the second Test, Two unpleasant incidents occurred: when an umpire started rubbing the new ball replaced with the older one on the ground, during Pakistan's second innings after sixteen overs to get the similar characteristics; Pakistan manager came to the umpire and showed him the 1985 Wisden's relevant Law; and Javed Miandad's
 disagreement to the umpire's decision of lbw against him. Later on someone from the crowd threw a stone upon Javed Miandad, and he went upstairs into the crowd to take revenge from the spectator.
In 1992, during the Pakistan tour to England, he scored 153 not out in the first Test at EdgbastonBirmingham. 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.
Javed Miandad played 124 Test matches, batting in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs is a Pakistani record. 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. Javed Miandad's 23 centuries and 43 fifties were Pakistani national records, until they were broken byInzamam ul Haq. Javed 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. He scored six double centuries which are the most by a Pakistan batsman.
Javed Miandad made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at EdgbastonBirmingham in the 1975 Cricket World Cup. His last ODI was also a World Cup match, and Pakistan lost the match. More, he scored 2 fours and 0 sixes and his strike rate was below 100 in both of his, first and last ODI innings. His highest ODI score came against India at the Gaddafi Stadium in a match which Pakistan lost in 1982. He scored 119 not out off 77 balls with a strike rate of 154.54 in the match.
Pakistan recorded their first win at a major tournament and Javed Miandad finished his innings with 116 not out. This is still considered as one of the most historic moments in the history of ODI cricket and he became a national hero.
Javed Miandad is the first ''and one of the only two, other being Sachin Tendulkar'' player to have played in six World Cups the first six, from 1975 to 1996.


After the retirement of Asif Iqbal following a loss of a series to India, 22 years old Javed Miandad was made the captain of Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board ''PCB'' preferred him over the senior cricketers like Zaheer AbbasSarfraz Nawaz,Majid Khan and Wasim Bari who were still playing. He faced a little opposition but his first two series as captain, in 1981-82, included a win against Australia, and a credible 0-1 loss to the West Indies. After a tough tour of Australia, opposition to his captaincy gained strength, and his first captaincy period ended during the following home series against Sri Lanka.

Coaching and Commentary:

Javed Miandad 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, Javed 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, Javed Miandad won Pakistan the Sharjah Cup ''April 2003'' bereft of big names like Inzamam and Yousaf. Pakistan won the home test series against South Africa after 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, Javed Miandad was shown the door in June 2004, being replaced by South African Bob Woolmer. Following this he was offered broadcasting and coaching positions in India. Also in November 2010 it was being planned to give Javed Miandad a role as a batting coach. Javed Miandad was again appointed as a batting consultant for the 2012 T20 World Cup in SriLanka.
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