Imran Khan survived player revolt at 1992 World Cup: Javed Miandad

Pakistan won the title by defeating England in the final

Imran Khan survived player revolt at 1992 World Cup: Javed Miandad PHOTO: Reuters

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan survived a player revolt before leading his team to victory in the 1992 World Cup, according to teammate Javed Miandad.

Miandad, a former captain and three-times coach of the national side, said leading players had grown disaffected with Imran’s leadership style throughout the tournament.

“The revolt took place before the semi-final against New Zealand. But to me the country was more important and I convinced the players to carry on playing under Imran,” Miandad said on a local television chat show late.

“Imran retired after winning the World Cup and before the England tour in 1992 because he had come to know about the revolt,” he added.

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Miandad, when contacted by Reuters on Thursday, confirmed his statement but would not elaborate.

“I have never spoken about this incident but now many people know about it so I disclosed the truth,” he said.

Pakistan, inspired by a brutal innings from Inzamamul Haq, won the semi-final in Auckland before beating England in the final in Melbourne following a crucial third-wicket partnership of 139 between Imran and Miandad.

This article was orginally published in 2007.