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PCB, Woolmer again on collision course

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 17:51 IST
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The uneasy relationship between Pakistan Cricket Board and Bob Woolmer was highlighted again with some of its officials questioning the authority of the foreign coach.

Sources in the board said PCB was not happy at Woolmer's repeated insistence that the suppliers of the team clothing and kits should get their material and work done in his adopted country, South Africa.

Sources said when Slazenger, the official suppliers of kits, informed the board that Woolmer was insisting that they get their stuff made in South Africa, the PCB officials reacted strongly.

"Slazenger were told in clear terms they will follow orders of the Board and not Woolmer's as he has no authority to interfere in such matters," they said.

Woolmer, a former England batsman, is now settled in Cape Town in South Africa and there have been allegations during his tenure as Pakistan coach since 2004 that he is keen to promote South Africa in every possible manner.

Since he took over as coach, the two trainers and the physiotherapist with the senior team and National Cricket Academy were all hired from South Africa. A couple of times Woolmer has also recommended that injured players be sent to South Africa for tests and treatment.

Woolmer's contract with the PCB is till the World Cup and speculation is rife that after the tournament, Woolmer would be shown the door.

Sources also said some Pakistani players had complained to the Board about the standard of their training kits and formal dresses supplied to them and there was a feeling in the Board that this because of Woolmer's insistence to have everything made in South Africa.

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