Pak calls for ICC action over security officer

Published: Thursday, November 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan is to push the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take tough action against an Indian security officer who made allegations of indiscipline in the Pakistan team during the Champions Trophy.

Anil Kaul, the security officer in charge of the Pakistan team at the recent tournament in India, told Indian television channels yesterday that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had slapped coach Bob Woolmer on the team bus.

''The issue is not whether the allegations are true. it is that Kaul has violated a strict secrecy code which is a must for all match and team officials at any time,'' Saleem Altaf, the Pakistan Cricket Board's director of cricket operations, told Reuters today.

''We will be sending a strong letter to the ICC demanding Kaul be banned for any future assignments with the Indian board or the ICC as it was an ICC tournament,'' Altaf said.

He said the PCB had also spoken to team manager Talat Ali who had denied any such incident took place.

Kaul alleged that Shoaib struck Woolmer after they quarrelled over what music should be played on the team bus in Jaipur.

Woolmer also rubbished the Kaul claim, saying he enjoyed a very good relationship with the Pakistani players.

''I don't know from where this story has come up and why,'' he said.

Ali told Reuters that they were always minor incidents on tour but nothing so serious.

''I can't say why he has made up these stories but it appears he is just seeking some cheap publicity,'' Ali said.

Shoaib was recalled from the Champions Trophy last month by the PCB after he tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.

He was banned for two years last week for the doping offence, a suspension against which he is appealing.


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