PCB willing to be patient for Bob Woolmer

Published: Thursday, August 5, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Bob Woolmer can breathe easy for the next few months after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it would not effect any changes to the team management in near future regardless of the results in forthcoming events.

"We are hoping we might not have to consider the option of change in the management for a long time because we want to introduce continuity in the team," PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan said in Lahore.

He said Woolmer had been brought in as coach with the Board being well aware that he would require time to bring in changes and make the team a strong outfit.

"We are willing to be patient because we know he (Woolmer) is the best and can do the job. And our feeling is that in the next six to eight months the results will start showing," he was quoted as saying in local daily The News.

Shaharyar said cricket-loving public and critics needed to be a bit more patient. They should be prepared to face failure and success before expecting the Pakistan team to start playing consistently under a proper system, he said.

"We are confident that the team will start showing an upward graph soon. I am confident Woolmer will succeed in his efforts to make this outfit a disciplined and consistent one. Because he is a very good coach technically and from what I heard and saw from our players in Colombo, the spirits are already high in the team."

"I think we have already started moving in this direction but people should not expect immediate results and balance must be maintained."

Shaharyar confirmed that the Board had worked out financial details of the central contracts to be awarded to the players.

"It is decided the central contracts would be given to 15 to 20 players. When I met Woolmer in Colombo he was also in favour of having central contracts for the players."We just have to see when we can offer these contracts to the players. We would like to do it before the team leaves for Holland around August 17 or after the tournament," he said.

Under the central contract, a pool of 15 to 20 players would be paid a monthly retainer fees based on number of matches played by the cricketers for the country.

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