Bob Woolmer may resign soon, says Newspaper

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London, Aug 24 (UNI) Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer may resign his post at the end of one-day series as his relations with captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and manager Zaheer Abbas have ''descended into acrimony'' following the ball-tampering row, a British newspaper has claimed.

Daily Telegraph today said, quoting a team source, that the Pakistan team management was at breaking point and Woolmer is angry at Zaheer's lack of focused leadership as a fall out of forfeiture of the fourth Test against England.

The newspaper said Inzamam does no longer trust his coach and suspects Woolmer of briefing the Pakistan Cricket Board behind his back.

''The realisation that they have forfeited a Test has slowly dawned on the Pakistan cricket authorities and there will be a major investigation into what exactly happened in the Oval dressing room on Sunday,'' a report of the newspaper said.

''For the first time, details of what happened in the dressing room can be revealed. A picture has emerged of a confused and angry place where there was a lot of shouting and different advice being thrown at Inzamam.'' It said Inzamam did not quite realise what his team had been accused of until he reached the dressing room.

''His comprehension of the English language is limited and he may not have understood what Darrell Hair was saying to him when he changed the ball. It was only when he returned to the dressing room, and the penny dropped, that thoughts of refusing to take the field again began to form,'' the newspaper claimed.

It said amid lots of confusion and shouting in the dressing room, Woolmer was stated to have offered two or three options to the team, none of which involved refusing to take the field when play restarted. But, Inzamam decided the team would not go out.

After waiting in the middle for the Pakistani team to take the field, Hair came back to the pavilion and knocked on the Pakistani dressing room door and asked whether they wouyld come out or not, the report said.

Inzamam then reportedly asked Hair why he changed the ball which, the newspaper said, indicates Inzamam did not fully understand what had happened on the field.

Hair replied that he would not discuss the matter and then walked off.

The newspaper said the Pakistan team was advised at that time by several persons including PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan, Dr Nasim, a member of the ad hoc cricket committee who run Pakistan cricket and ECB Chairman David Morgan.

Eventually, Morgan and Shaharyar persuaded Inzamam to come out, but by then Hair and Billy Doctrove had taken the bails off and Pakistan had forfeited the match.

''Curiously enough, one man who should have played a decisive role, but did not, was Abbas. In fact, such was his detachment that at one stage on Sunday, while the debate raged in the dressing room, he was spotted on the balcony talking on his mobile phone,'' the report said.

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