Shoaib slapped Woolmer in India: Liaison officer

Published: Thursday, November 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Controversy just refuses to spare enigmatic speedster Shoaib Akhtar and the latest startling revelation claims that the pacer slapped coach Bob Woolmer following dispute over playing music in the team bus in Jaipur.

NDTV quoted Col Anil Kaul, who was in charge of the Pakistani team during their stay for the Champions Trophy, as saying that Woolmer was irritated with Shoaib's behaviour and soon an argument started between the duo over playing music in the team bus.

''...boys were listening to Hindi songs when Bob Woolmer removed the iPod and put on an English song. Shoaib got up and again changed the music, put on a Hindi song,'' said Colonel Kaul.

''Woolmer kept quiet and then started making fun of the song.

This was too much for Shoaib. He suddenly got up and gave Woolmer a tight slap. Everyone was stunned and quickly intervened,'' he added.

And hours after the incident, Pakistan team management announced that Shoaib and Mohammed Asif were being sent back home after failing a dope test.

According to the channel, the same night Shoaib was involved in another brawl during the champions Trophy after the team dinner.

The pacer reportedly started a brawl at a disco after forcibly trying to dance with a girl.

And it was not the end of the story, said Col Kaul.

''...Shoaib went to the floor where the Indian team was staying and started banging on the doors. He accidentally banged on the door of Indian coach Greg Chappell and his wife came out, dressed in her night clothes.

''Shoaib made some comments about her. The next morning, I was having breakfast with the Pakistani team manager when Woolmer stormed in. He said even Chappell has complained about Shoaib and strict action must be taken,'' he revealed.

Shoaib vehemently denies the incident:Shoaib, whose cricketing future is in doubt after he was handed a two-year ban for drug abuse, vehemently denied the charges made by Kaul.

"No such incident took place," he told the channel. "I am surprised how you can say such things without any proof."

Pakistan team manager Talat Ali also denied the accusations, which were on the front page of most Indian newspapers today.

"I categorically deny any such incident," said Ali. "It has got nothing to do with the doping test. This incident never happened."

Pakistan, like the three other sub-continent teams, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, failed to make the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy, which was won by Australia on Sunday.

Pakistan begin a three-Test series against the West Indies on Saturday.


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