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Thursday, 9 May, 2002, 10:09 GMT 11:09 UK
Playing for Uncle Kerry
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad
For Miandad, Packer transformed cricket
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By Kashif Qamar
BBC Sport Online

Majid Khan has absoultely no regrets that he was part of Kerry Packer's World Series.

"I am proud that I was a part of the events then, that I was also a part of the revolution," he told BBC Sport Online.

It is a view shared by another former Pakistan captain, Javed Miandad, who believes Packer's influence paved the way for new ways of thinking by the cricket establishment about how to market and popularise the game.

"Night matches, coloured kits, fast-paced games, sponsorship and all the glamour in cricket right now were infused by him.

"In fact, it transformed the image of the game from a dull and slow sport to a dynamic, energetic and lively one.

Javed Maindad in action
Javed: Packer brought colour in cricket

"It was real world-class cricket as top level teams and players were playing there," Javed said.

He was the youngest cricketer signed by Kerry Packer.

"We call every elder in Pakistan as Uncle, so Packer was also an uncle for me - Uncle Kerry."

In all, five Pakistan stars - Majid, Miandad, Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas and Asif Iqbal - represented the World XI in Packer's SuperTests.

Majid and Asif each made a century, while Imran, who more than a decade later led Pakistan to their 1992 World Cup triumph, picked up 25 wickets at an average of only 20.84.

Future stars

But Majid thinks the World side was at a disadvantage because unlike West Indian and Australian teams, its players were not representing an individual country.

"Individual performance was for personal fulfilment but the rivalry generated by two competing countries was not there."

Javed, however, thinks playing for World Series Cricket was an enriching experience.

"Most of the cricketers there were in the beginning of their career but they became stars later on.

"Another good thing was that South African players were there who were not allowed to play otherwise against players of other countries.

For Majid, everyone in the World Series was a selected top-level professional, so to be a part of them was a feel-good factor.

Former Pakistan captain Majid Khan
Majid has painful memories of Packer

"You could have impressed by everyone and could impress them as well with your performance," he said.

Javed was of the view that the conditions forced the cricketers to join Kerry Packer series.

"Everyone needs a decent living. They money you see now in the game wasn't there before.

"And it was lucrative not only for cricketers, but for the umpires as well.

Majid agrees that the financial benefit helped to promote the game and the sportsmen as.

For him, the most memorable experience was an Andy Roberts bouncer which broke his cheek-bone.

"I still remember that bouncer but the friendship with Roberts is another lasting memory of the World Series," Majid said.

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