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Legend Miandad given key Pakistan cricket post

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  • Former national captain and coach Javed Miandad appointed director general
  • The 51-year-old seeking to restore Pakistan's ailing cricket fortunes
  • National side has dropped to sixth in Test rankings and fourth in ODI standings
  • Miandad hoping to entice international teams back to war-torn Pakistan
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(CNN) -- Former national captain and coach Javed Miandad has been handed the task of reviving Pakistan's ailing cricket fortunes.

Javed Miandad is hoping to bring a more professional outlook to Pakistan cricket.

The 51-year-old was appointed director general by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday, and immediately outlined his goal to bring international matches back to the subcontinent nation following recent internal security problems.

"I will use my connections to convince teams to tour Pakistan and our cricket will be back to normal soon," he said. "My priority will be to restore the image of Pakistan cricket, which has been hit by controversies in the recent past."

This year's ICC Champions Trophy was scheduled to be played in Pakistan but it has been postponed after countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa refused to take part due to violence stemming from political turmoil and terrorist attacks.

The PCB is also embroiled in a row with star fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who has received bans for breaching its code of conduct and also for taking banned drugs -- as has fellow paceman Mohammad Asif.

Miandad, whose third stint as Pakistan coach ended in controversy in 2004 after a home series loss to India, has since had an acrimonious relationship with the PCB.

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However, he has been brought on-board with a raft of former players following a fall to sixth in the world Test rankings and fourth in the one-day standings which has seen Australian Geoff Lawson lose his job as coach. Miandad turned down the role, citing family commitments, and former Pakistan captain Intikhab Alam was subsequently appointed.

Miandad, who scored a Pakistan record 8,832 runs in 124 Test matches and 7,381 runs in 233 one-day internationals, said he was also aiming to improve the domestic cricket structure in the country and increase its professionalism.

"I want to have a system of checks and balances for all cricket-related matters," he said.

New PCB chairman Ejaz Butt, a former Test player himself, has also appointed ex-internationals Salim Altaf (chief operating officer), Aamir Sohail (director of the national cricket academy), Wasim Bari (director of human resources) and Salim Jaffar (chief selector) since taking over from Nasim Ashraf last month.

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