Woolmer gets what Miandad was denied

Published: Friday, June 18, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Newly appointed Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer would be given absolute authority in enforcing discipline on and off the field.

Assuring full support and backing to Woolmer, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said any player violating the ground rules laid down by the new coach would be punished.

"We will give Woolmer full authority and we will make sure he has the stick and powers to implement his decisions on and off the field," Shaharyar said.

"If Woolmer wants certain discipline on and off the field he will get our support."

Shaharyar said the Board was well aware that some former coaches including Javed Miandad had also complained about not getting full co-operation of the cricketers and some players not willing to listen to their advice.

"I was witness to this myself when I went to South Africa for the World Cup as the team manager. I know first hand that Richard Pybus had before the crucial game against India told the boys repeatedly to bowl a throat ball to Sachin Tendulkar and proved with video replays that the Indian batsman was fallible to this ball.

"But throughout the match no bowler bowled this delivery and when Shoaib did eventually bowl a snorter he got Tendulkar out," Shaharyar was quoted as saying by local daily The News on Friday.

The PCB chief said he was also aware that there were attitude problems with some players and there was a general perception that a coach in Pakistan was only as successful as the players allowed him to be.

He insisted that in future there would be no culture of the Board promoting its favourites or stars in the team.

Outlining the terms and conditions agreed with Woolmer, the PCB chief said while the final contract still had to be signed, it was agreed that the new coach would be full time with the team.

"He was busy until September because of his job with the International Cricket Council (ICC). But we spoke to ICC president Ehsan Mani and got him to re-adjust the schedules. The understanding now is that the Pakistan team is free, Woolmer take time out and meet his other commitments."

He said in the first phase, Woolmer would be with the national team until the ICC Champions Trophy in September.

Shaharyar also said that the offer to coach the Pakistan team was first made to Woolmer when he came to attend the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) development committee seminar in Lahore and he showed interest.

"We thus followed it up because we felt the time has come for Pakistan cricket to also adapt to the modern technology and advancements in coaching."

He also stated that Woolmer would receive payments on the same slab system basis as done to Inzamam-ul-Haq being the senior most player of the side.

"But I guess Woolmer might also be looking at a monthly salary and we have to sit down and sort out the final financial details which will not be much higher than what was being paid to Miandad," the PCB chairman added.

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