Woolmer blames defeat on advice

Updated on Sep 25, 2004 08:29 PM IST

Bob Woolmer defended Pakistan's decision to bat first in the Champions Trophy semi-final, saying it was based on advice from "high sources".

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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Lahore (pakistan)

Pakistan's much criticised English coach Bob Woolmer on Saturday defended the decision to bat first in the ICC Champions Trophy match it lost to the West Indies, saying it was based on advice from "high sources".

"Our original plan was to put the West Indies in, if we won the toss and to chase, but the advice we had when we got there was contrary to that and it came from couple of high sources," Woolmer told AFP in an interview after the team's return.

Woolmer and captain Inzamam-ul Haq were criticised for choosing to field first after winning the toss in the semi-final match against the West Indies in England on Wednesday.

The move back-fired as Pakistan was dismissed for a paltry 131 in difficult batting conditions and lost the match by seven wickets.

"Our initial plan throughout the tournament was to field first and chase so it took quite a lot of persuading for us to change but unfortunately it backfired on us and in the hindsight we might say we would have liked to bowl."

Woolmer did not name anyone for influencing the decision to bat first after winning the toss.

"But I am quite comfortable with the fact that if I made a mistake. I am prepared to put my hands up and say so but it wasn't done lightly."

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