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Woolmer's wife against publication of book

cricket Updated: Apr 06, 2007 13:31 IST
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Bob Woolmer was working on a book containing an account of his time as Pakistan's cricket coach which would have upset many, his widow Gill has disclosed.

"I was aware Bob was planning to write an account of his time with Pakistan, but that was intended to be after he had finished coaching them," Gill said.

"It is best if that book never appears now. If it is going to cause upset, it is not worth publishing," she was quoted as saying in 'The Times'.

Gill said notwithstanding his occasional differences with Shoaib Akhtar and Inzamam-ul Haq, Woolmer had a good time with the Pakistani cricketers.

"Bob had his differences with one or two players, but that would be the same in any dressing room. It annoyed him that Shoaib Akhtar was such a good cricketer and yet would always have a niggling injury. Bob made a comment at Port Elizabeth in January and Shoaib went off at him," she revealed.

"The players treated him like a father, calling him Dad or Bubbly, which apparently means soft and cuddly in Urdu. Danish Kaneria, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal and Asif Mahmood all telephoned me when Bob died."