10 Dec 2010

Former star joins Pakistan team as consultant

6:50 am on 10 December 2010

Beset by allegations of match fixing Pakistan cricket could find itself with more problems on the upcoming tour of New Zealand, following the appointment of former captain Javed Miandad as a batting and fielding consultant.

Miandad, who is also the director general of the Pakistan board, has previously coached the national side three times before resigning or being dismissed in acrimonious circumstances.

The former fast bowler Waqar Younis remains head coach of the team but the pair have been at loggerheads in recent weeks with Miandad initially turning down the position, saying he couldn't work under Waqar who had played under him and was much junior to him.

However Miandad has apparently agreed to report to Waqar, discuss all plans and schedules with him and not undertake any coaching session without his approval.

Pakistan play three Twenty20 matches, two tests and six one-day internationals in New Zealand, with the first match a T-20 game in Auckland on Boxing Day.