Pak doctor ignored for criticising Bob Woolmer

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:A Pakistani doctor-cum-physiotherapist has not had his job position with the Pakistan's second-string side renewed by the PCB, Pakistan Cricket Board until now after he lodged a written complaint over the working methods of senior team coach Bob Woolmer and trainers Murray Stevenson and Grant Compton.

Umar Ahsan, who worked with the Pakistan Under-19 team against Sri Lanka and last month was also attached with the Pakistan Academy team that played against the South Africans, was not announced for any position on monday by the PCB which announced the team and management for the forthcoming home series against Australian A.

Sources in the Board said this could be probably because Ahsan, after the South Africa series, wrote a letter to the chairman of the Board expressing concern over the working methods of Woolmer and his support staff including the two foreign trainers.

Trainers Stevenson and Compton and physiotherapist Darren Lifsun, are all South Africans and have all been appointed by the PCB on the recommendations of Woolmer.

The source said Ahsan, who had completed a physical education course from Canada because of his interest in sports, had raised serious questions about the working methods of the foreign staff whom he observed with the Pakistan Academy team against South Africa and also with the Pakistan probables at the NCA in Lahore.

"Ahsan wrote in his letter to the Board that the South African support staff was overworking the players and making them go through unnecessary and extra exercises while he also made some critical comments about the working methods of Woolmer," the source revealed.

Not surprisingly when the matter was brought to Woolmer and his support staff's attention they also responded with letters to the chairman making some critical remarks about the Pakistani doctor-cum-physio in their replies.

Ahsan was appointed by the Board on the recommendations of Dr Sohail Saleem who is on the PCB medical panel and generally works at the NCA and Pakistan junior and A sides.

Another local trainer Dr Tauseef Razzaq also faced an unceremonious exit from the Pakistan cricket scene when he made some critical remarks about the Board operations and their handling of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

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