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Javed Miandad offered consulting role by Shahid Afridi-led Peshawar Zalmi

Javed Miandad
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Javed Miandad (R) watches the cricket quarter-final match between Pakistan and China with an unidentified official at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 22, 2010. Pakistan crushed China by 128 runs to reach the semi-finals. AFP PHOTO / Saeed Khan (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan legend Javed Miandad has been offered mentorship role of Peshawar Zalmi franchise, which is led by former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi, in the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February in the UAE. According to reports which are doing rounds, Miandad has been offered the post of mentor and coaching consultant by the franchise soon after he settled a dispute with Peshawar’s captain Shahid Afridi on Saturday.

A couple of weeks ago, Miandad, a veteran of 124 Tests had alleged that Afridi had fixed matches and he himself had caught him doing this. Miandad wasn’t pleased with Afridi’s demand for a farewell game. “These people are fixers”, he said. “I tell Afridi to swear upon his children and say he has not thrown away Pakistan’s matches. I am a witness, I caught him myself,”

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Afridi threatened to take Miandad to court over the allegations, insisting he had always played with honour for Pakistan and the allegations had tarnished his reputation and also deeply hurt his family and supporters. Both appeared tougher on television but later announced they were burying their differences. Afridi also apologised to Miandad on air stating he had always considered him as his elder brother.

The duo met and talked through all the bitterness and finished it off exchanging sweets. “Afridi is like a younger brother,” said Miandad in the video message. The all-rounder also wished to bury it off. “I am happy to meet you,” said Afridi. “I never wanted you to say sorry to me because you are elder to me. You have taken your words back and that is enough for me and all my fans.”

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