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Shoaib?s tale of woes gets new twist

The Pakistan Cricket Board says it would investigate the banned speedster's disciplinary shortcomings during the Champions Trophy.

india Updated: Nov 09, 2006 20:40 IST

There is more trouble in store for banned speedster Shoaib Akhtar with the Pakistan Cricket Boardsaying on Thursday thatit would seriously investigate his disciplinary shortcomings during the Champions Trophy in India.

The PCB, while denying allegations that Akhtar had slapped coach Bob Woolmer while in a team bus, 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."

Anil Kaul, a retired Indian Army colonel who was the Pakistan team's security officer in the tournament in India, claimed yesterday that Akhtar slapped Woolmer, misbehaved with a girl at a discotheque and banged on Indian coach Greg Chappell's hotel door.

Kaul made these allegations on Indian channels and claimed the incidents had taken place in Jaipur ahead of the team's first match on October 17.

Akhtar has been banned for two years following a positive drug test in the lead up to the Champions Trophy.

Officially, however, the PCB maintained an angry denial mode on Kaul's allegations.

"Kaul has broken all norms of decency with his frivolous allegations. He is obviously seeking cheap publicity because we have confirmed from our manager and coach that no such incident took place," PCB Director of Cricket Operations Saleem Altaf said.

First Published: Nov 09, 2006 16:48 IST