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Woolmer hits back at Chappell

"To bring it up during a Test match and blast it all over the papers is disappointing and hard on the player."

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 16:34 IST

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has joined the war of words with his India counterpart Greg Chappell after the latter's observation that there was something seriously 'different' with speedster Shoaib Akhtar's action.

Chappell told the media that Shoaib's action was very difficult to pick up and he demanded the tearaway pacer should be tested again.

Irked by Chappell's remark, Woolmer told BBC Sport, "The International Cricket Council has a report circulating which says he is not to be questioned again."

Winning his first battle with the Aussie after Pakistan won the three-match series in Karachi on Thursday, Woolmer said, "To bring it up during a Test match and blast it all over the papers is disappointing and hard on the player."

Shoaib, who took three wickets in the deciding final match on Wednesday, was suspended in 1999 for a suspect action before being cleared when it was found that his elbow is built with extra flex resulting in "hyperextension."

An adamant Chappell, however, refused to buy the argument and insisted it could not be attributed to deformity.

Bio-mechanics expert Bruce Elliott, who supervised Shoaib's remedial measures, however, sided with the pacer and said re-examining won't serve any purpose for Shoaib has already been tested and cleared.

Woolmer, also seemed impressed by the pacer's ability to bounce back despite controversies and said, "It's tough on him but I thought he responded magnificently."

Chappell's remarks also incurred the wrath of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which is examming the veracity of whether he actually made those remarks. According to a Board official, PCB has already written to Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle, besides seeking a clarification from Team India.

Meanwhile, an irate Shoaib has threatened legal action against people trying to tarnish his name with chucking allegations.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 16:34 IST