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'Shoaib had slapped Woolmer'

A liasion officer with the Pakistan team during the ICC Champions Trophy says Shoaib had slapped coach Woolmer.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 22:10 IST

A liasion officer with the Pakistan cricket team during the recent ICC Champions Trophymade sensational allegations on Wednesday that Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had slapped coach Bob Woolmer after they had a fight over what music should be played in the team bus in Jaipur.

Retired Army Colonel Anil Kaul, who was with the Pakistani team right through the tournament, also alleged that Shoaib had misbehaved with some girls at a discotheqe which led to a brawl.

Questioning the timing of the dope charge on Shoaib, the army officer said he was coming out with this account since he wanted the world to know that there was "more to it (doping scandal) than what meets the eye".

"During the journey in the bus there was an impasse over whether to listen to Indian or Western music. Woolmer tried to crack a joke on Shoaib who then slapped him on the neck," Kaul told TV channels.

"Shoaib also misbehaved with some girls in a disco which led to a brawl," he alleged.

Kaul also claimed that Woolmer wanted Pakistan Cricket Board to take stringent disciplinary action against the fast bowler following these incidents.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 22:10 IST