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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 June, 2003, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Javed reveals Imran rivalry
On the face of it, former Pakistan Test stars Imran Khan and Javed Miandad were like chalk and cheese.

JAVED'S CAREER RECORD
Javed Miandad
124 Tests
8,832 runs, average 52.57, highest score 280no, 23x100s
233 One-day internationals
7,381 runs, average 41.70, highest score 119no, 8x100s

Imran, from Lahore, was proud and aggressive - his detractors might even add arrogant.

Javed, from Pakistan's other great cricket city Karachi, was by contrast, crafty, instinctive and willing to get under the skin of an opponent to try and gain an advantage.

Both had spells with English county side Sussex and both were named as Cricketers of the Year by Wisden - Javed earning the accolade a year before Imran in 1982.

But there was little else in common, apart from a mutual respect for their ability as cricketers, between two men who between them captained Pakistan in 82 Tests and 200
one-day internationals.

Since retiring as players, Imran has pursued a career in politics, while Javed has coached the national side on a number of occasions and is currently in charge again.

They could soon be brought together again, however, following Imran's decision to offer his services to the Pakistan Cricket Board after the team's disappointing World Cup showing.

How that will sit with Javed remains to be seen.

Javed and Imran batting together
Imran hits out against England at the 1992 World Cup

He has lifted the lid on their relationship in a new book, although some of his views appear contradictory.

On the one hand, Javed asserted he and Imran had "always got along fine" apart from a keen professional rivalry.

Yet he also claimed Imran played a leading role behind the scenes in bringing about his downfall as team captain in 1992.

"I don't know what Imran's motives were, I can only guess at them. Perhaps he felt an undisturbed Miandad captaincy would overshadow his legacy," he says.

Javed claimed during a tour to England, Imran threw a party for the team to which he and two other senior players, Salim Malik and Ramiz Raja, were not invited.

"My guess is that Imran's efforts were aimed at trying to create an intrigue against my captaincy."

He also accused Imran of deliberately denying him the chance to try and beat Gary Sobers' then Test record score of 365 during a match against India at Hyderabad in 1983.

It was natural to feel a competitive edge with each other
Javed Miandad on Imran Khan

Javed was flabbergasted when, having reached 280 not out, Imran decided to declare.

"Off the field at the end of the second day, there was no talk of a declaration. Imran never brought it up overnight and gave me no specific instructions.

"I took this to mean I was being given a chance to go for all possible records. How wrong I was!"

Although Imran led Pakistan to their greatest achievement, victory over England in the 1992 World Cup final, Javed arguably proved the more successful leader in Tests.

They won 14 of the 34 Tests for which he was in charge, with the team winning 14 out of 48 under Imran.

Javed has now been charged with helping an inexperienced Pakistan team find their feet in international cricket, along with captain Rashid Latif.

The signs are encouraging, with victory in the four-nation Sharjah Cup, followed by a place in the final of a Tri-Series in Sri Lanka, where they lost to New Zealand.

Now they face a three-match series in England, where Javed's knowledge of how the wickets behave will be vital to the young batsmen in the squad.

Pakistan supporters will be watching closely, and none more closely than Imran.

Cutting Edge My Autobiography by Javed Miandad, published by Oxford University Press, price 18.00


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