Javed Miandad was born in Karachi and made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lahore on 9 October 1976. He scored 163 in this match, to become the youngest player at the time to do so at an age of 19 years and 119 days. In the same series he scored a double century, and on his way broke George Headley's 47 year record, to become the youngest player to achieve the feat.
Miandad made his One Day International debut against the West Indies at Edgbaston, Birmingham in the Cricket World Cup 1975. Interestingly his last ODI was also a world cup match.
Miandad's inclusion in the Pakistan team was itself an achievement. A formidable batting line-up of Majid Khan, Sadiq Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Mushtaq Muhammad and Wasim Raja was hard to create any replacements, but Miandad's talent made it possible and he became an integral part of Pakistan's strong batting line.
Javed Miandad played 124 Test matches, batting in 189 innings. His aggregate of 8,832 Test runs is a Pakistani record. Miandad's 23 centuries and 43 fifties were Pakistani national record, until they were broken by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Miandad's Test career batting average of 52.57 is among the highest for Pakistani batsmen. He scored six double centuries which is the most by a Pakistani and 6th overall. He has the honour of scoring centuries in both innings in the test match against New Zealand. He made his highest score of 280 not out against India.
As a coach, Javed Miandad guided Pakistan to test victories in the Asia Cup and in India during 1998-99 tour. Miandad also later assisted with coaching Pakistani batsmen. He was also offered broadcasting and coaching positions in India. In November 2010 it was being planned to give Miandad a role as a batting coach.
Javed Miandad is the first (and one of the only two, other being Sachin Tendulkar) player to have played in six World Cups, the first six, from 1975 to 1996. Miandad was amongst the three Pakistani players to have his name in the Hall of Fame at Lords.
In 1982, Wisden named him as one of the cricketers of the year. He was also declared the 44th best Cricketer of all time in ESPN Legend of Cricket. Miandad holds the world record for the maximum number of consecutive half centuries in One Day Internationals.
Javed Miandad married Tahira Saigol in 1980. He has two sons and a daughter. He has three brothers who played first-class cricket in Pakistan: Anwar, Sohail and Bashir.