Sarfraz Nawaz fears Woolmer will ruin Shoaib

Published: Friday, July 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan Test bowler Sarfraz Nawaz fears that coach Bob Woolmer may destroy the career of fast bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar by asking them to shorten their run-ups.

"It is difficult to understand why Woolmer is asking Shoaib and other fast bowlers to shorten their run-ups," said Nawaz who revels in controversies.

"During his coaching tenure with the cricket team of South Africa, he (Woolmer) never asked South African bowlers to shorten their run-ups.

"I have played cricket for my country for a long time and I feel that an Englishman cannot see any Asian player on top," he was quoted as saying by the Pakistan news agency PPI.

He also slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Ramiz Raja for his anti-player policies and demanded President Pervez Musharraf, who is also the patron of PCB, to personally review the policies and take stern action.

Nawaz also accused former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar of conniving with the authorities to bring in foreign coaches in the subcontinent.

"They are both getting commissions from foreign cricket administrators for appointing English coaches for their home teams," he alleged.

However, Nawaz hailed the efforts of Senate standing committee on sports for questioning PCB bosses about their policies.

He also urged the standing committee to call sports journalists and former Test cricketers in an upcoming meeting on July 19 with PCB officials.

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