Woolmer was only after money: Abdul Razzaq

Published: Monday, April 16, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Pakistan's all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has openly criticised late coach Bob Woolmer claiming that he was only interested in keeping his job and salary and his two year and nine months involvement with the team made no difference.

''Bob was a coach just by nature of his job. He knew how to spend his time. For me, he must surely be one of the cleverest Britishers. On the surface he acted as an Asian but inside he was only interested in keeping his job irrespective of victory or defeat,'' Razzaq told Khaleej Times from Karachi.

Terming the late Englishman as a very shrewd operator, he added, ''Bob knew the art of how to get his way out. His main objective was to earn money and nothing else. His involvement with the team made no difference.''

The 27-year-old all-rounder also criticised Pakistan's former South African coach Richard Pybus, under whom the 1992 champions failed to qualify for Super Sixes in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

''Richard was not a coach. He was merely a trainer and got the job through manoeuvering,'' he said.

However, Razzaq, who missed the Caribbean World Cup due to an injury, was of the view that the Pakistani national cricket team should have a domestic coach as the idea of roping in foreign coaches have failed miserably despite spending huge sums of money.


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