Angry Sohail spits fire at coach Woolmer

Published: Sunday, April 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Former Pakistan Cricket Board selection committee chairman Aamir Sohail has slammed coach Bob Woolmer for his rude remarks on paceman Shoaib Akhtar and asked the PCB to take action against him.

Woolmer in a recent interview with an Indian newspaper had said: "Shoaib is not an integral part of the team. Woolmer is a part of Pakistan team management who earns his bread and butter from the hard earned public money. The PCB should ask him how he dared to utter such silly words," Sohail was quoted as saying by a local daily.

Sohail said Woolmer's job was only to stick to his work and not to indulge in mud-slinging.

"I am astonished over the language used by Woolmer. I had thought of him as an intelligent person. He should have not used such language for Shoaib who has done remarkable services for Pakistan cricket. I demand of Woolmer to apologise to Shoaib and the Pakistani people who would never tolerate such outbursts from a foreigner," he said.

The former skipper said one never knew if Shoaib's presence in the Pakistan team could have won them Test series as well against India.

"Everybody in India asked me about Shoaib. I believe that had he (Shoaib) been in India, Pakistan would have won the Test series as well. Shoaib only needs a little bit of counseling and encouragement. If you sit with him politely he can deliver his best," he said.

On tense relations between skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib, Sohail said there was nothing serious between them.

"I think that like a seasoned diplomat Shaharyar should manage Inzy and Shoaib to sit across the same table and sort out their problems," he said.

The former skipper said he knew Inzamam as a cool and big-hearted person who wouldn't carry personal grudges.

"Past is past. Lets start afresh. I believe that Shoaib should also realise the sensitivity of time and forget all mud-slinging hurled on him."

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