Miandad made China adviser
Former Pakistan great Javed Miandad said Wednesday he had agreed to become an adviser to the Chinese Cricket Association and would do his best to promote the game in the sports-mad Asian giant.
"The Chinese Cricket Association in a letter offered me the role of their adviser on cricketing affairs, which I have accepted," Miandad told AFP.
The 51-year-old toured China as cricket ambassador last month and predicted China would become a top team in the next few years.
"I have made a lot of suggestions to promote cricket in China which the authorities there liked very much and I see this new role as a reward," said Miandad, who played 124 Tests for Pakistan and is regarded as a top batsman.
President Asif Ali Zardari appointed Miandad as cricket ambassador to China last year in a bid to boost Pakistan's cricketing profile in its neighbour.
Miandad, who also returned as director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday, said he has proposed annual tournaments in China, to which other international teams will also be invited.
"Besides Pakistan, teams from Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and other Asian countries will be invited to play in China, which will cultivate the youth in China who are already charmed by the game," he said.