Woolmer faces tough times under Nasim: Report

Published: Sunday, October 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer faces tough times under the new Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) dispensation headed by chairman Nasim Ashraf, according to reports.

The Dawn reported, quoting an unnamed source close to Pakistan team, that Shaharyar Khan's exit has led to a few players venting their frustration quite openly with Woolmer's style of functioning.

''It is no secret that some officials feel he is not as good as he is made out to be as a coach,'' the report quoted a PCB official as saying.

''The board has got reports that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shoaib Malik have both had heated arguments with Woolmer in recent days over some issues,'' the official stated.

Woolmer, who was contracted until next year's World Cup in the West Indies, was considered very close to Shaharyar who was accused of giving Woolmer a number of perks such as vacations, air tickets and a car which were not part of his contract.

The most recent cause of tension was Woolmer's reported demand for a bonus payment of around 50,000 dollars for improving the team's performances and as management fees for the DFL Cup tournament held in Abu Dhabi earlier this year featuring Pakistan 'A'.

Woolmer went to Abu Dhabi for a few days to witness the performance of the Pakistan 'A' side in the six-nation tournament also involving India and Sri Lanka.

Pakistan won the final by beating India with former Test cricketer, Rashid Khan as their coach.

The report said Woolmer had made the demand citing some clauses in his contract on extra payments which were worked out with the board during the tenure of Shaharyar Khan.

''However, since Shaharyar has resigned, the new set-up has sent Woolmer's demand to the legal advisors for a vetting of the relevant clauses in his contract with the board,'' the unnamed official said.

''The new chairman is expected to hold talks with Woolmer after the Champions Trophy on his demands for payments which are over and above his contractual fees estimated to be in excess of 10 million rupees annually.'' Pakistan's next assignment is a home series against the West Indies followed by a tour of South Africa and the World Cup.


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