PCB tells ICC to haul up Kaul
However, the PCB admitted there were a few disciplinary incidents involving the fast bowler.india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 22:35 IST
Pakistan will 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 on Wednesday 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, said.
“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.
However, the PCB admitted there were a few disciplinary incidents involving the fast bowler.
“He (Akhtar) has been involved in some disciplinary issues. He has had late nights out and brought unauthorized guests to his room,” a PCB official said. “We have also got reports he used strong words with Woolmer once but certainly the episode about him slapping the coach is not true.”
Kaul not our man, says BCCI
Meanwhile, the BCCI sought to distance itself from Kaul's revelations. It said Kaul was not a liasion officer, but a security officer attached to the Pakistan team appointed by the International Cricket Council.
“As the Host Tournament Director, I wish to clarify that BCCI did not appoint Anil Kaul as the Liaison Officer of the Pakistan Team as is being reported,” Ratnakar Shetty, also BCCI's administrative head, said in a press release.