LAHORE, Dec 31: Former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad has served a legal notice on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for not explaining as yet 'other reasons' for sacking him as coach of the Pakistan cricket team on June 16 last , before the completion of the two-year contract.
A notice sent through advocate Muhammad Ali Qureshi said that Miandad was unlawfully terminated from his services as the national coach and despite his repeated verbal requests, the board had failed to convey him the reasons for his unlawful termination.
The notice asked PCB to either explain reasons behind the sacking in seven days or tender a public apology to Miandad. Quoting a clause of the contract signed between the PCB and Miandad, the notice stated:
"That in case PCB terminates your (Miandad) contract for any other reasons particularly not pertaining to cricket team's performance or fulfilment of contractual obligations, the PCB will pay you 50 per cent of your remaining annual professional fee for the remaining period." But quoting the termination letter, the notice stated: "It was loud thinking at the advisory panel meeting and at the PCB that changes need to be made in the team setup, hence, the decision to involve Bob Woolmer with the Pakistan team (has been taken)."
The letter said if the actual reason for the dismissal of Miandad was his poor performance, the PCB should have been clear about it's approach and should have terminated the contract under clause 1 of the termination clauses of the contract and "prevented itself from incurring heavy expenditure that it was by paying our client 50 per cent of the remaining annual professional fee for the remaining period."
As there was no clarification about the sacking in the termination letter, Miandad had the right to ask about the factual position to clear all doubts of public about his character.
Highlighting national team's achievements under Miandad, the notice said after narrow defeat against India in the Test and one-day series a campaign was launcfed to replace Miandad.
The campaign was then rejected by the PCB chairman not only in his various interviews with the media but also during a face to face talk with Miandad.
"That a few days after these verbal clarifications and assurances, our client received a letter from the office of chairman PCB dated June, 16,2004 terminating his services with immediate effect.
"The fact of the matter is that during this period PCB was giving false assurances to our client, some of the PCB officials had been busy trying to strike a deal with Bob Woolmer, who was later brought as replacement of our client. This only goes on to show malice on their part.
"However, the manner in which the PCB unlawfully terminated our client's contract brought great pain and injury to his honour and dignity in the eyes of his die-hard fans and the cricketing world at large.
"The fact that news containing our client's unlawful termination from the position of the coach of the Pakistan cricket team had hit the headlines a few days before he officially received the letter unlawfully terminating his contract, had clearly made the public at large believe that the cause for the sudden termination of his contract had been due to a reason no other than the non-performance of his duties and responsibilities towards the Pakistan team and the PCB on the whole.
"Not only this, as soon as the news of his termination had spread in the newspapers our client started receiving phone calls from his fans early in the morning, seeking an explanation for the cause of his termination from the position of the coach of the cricket team.
"This caused great mental distress to our client, as our client had received no such information himself. This action of PCB left our client completely baffled and speechless," the notice stated.
When contacted Miandad told Dawn that he served the notice to warn the employers that they were accountable as there were laws of the land in the country.
"I do hope my action will be followed in future by those who will face such kind of unlawful action," Miandaded declared. "I am not serving the notice to earn money but to restore my reputation which has been tarnished by the way my termination was made public," he explained.
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