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Woolmer apologises to British public

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 19:35 IST
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Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said on Monday that his team wanted to continue playing after they were deemed to have forfeited a Test against England and voiced his frustration at the way the row had been handled.

"We would like to say we are sorry to the British public that we are not playing cricket today - we are prepared to play cricket today," Woolmer told Sky Sports News television the day after the match at The Oval in London was sensationally abandoned.

England were declared the winners after Pakistan were adjudged to have forfeited the fourth and final Test when they refused to take the field after the tea interval on Sunday.

The tourists were incensed that they had been accused of ball tampering and penalised five runs.

"Unfortunately, circumstances yesterday were such that we deemed it necessary to make the protest, which we did, but we do apologise for not playing cricket," former England all-rounder Woolmer said.

"None of us would like this particular incident ever to happen again. The team feel perhaps that the whole incident might have been handled better from the word go.

"We discussed it at length. We had a short period over the tea interval to do so. We were advised by many people.

"The history of ball-tampering goes back with Pakistan in time when Wasim (Akram) and Waqar (Younis) were first involved.

"Since then, there's been a radical change in trying to stop that and therefore they've taken it very personally.

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