Woolmer to carry on as Pakistan coach
He admitting he had contemplated resigning in the wake of the ball-tampering row that has threatened to wreck the team's tour of England.india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 11:03 IST
Bob Woolmer on Thursday said he would continue in his post as Pakistan coach, although admitting he had contemplated resigning in the wake of the ball-tampering row that has threatened to wreck the team's tour of England.
And, in a separate announcement, Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan insisted the side would go ahead with the one-day international leg of the tour.
Woolmer, who some press reports suggested was on the verge of resigning, said: "Throughout this whole affair I have remained solidly behind the Pakistan team and captain.
"I did contemplate resigning as I am 58 and at an age where I do not need these things in my career and life," the former England batsman admitted.
"I was very 'down' at the time but I feel it is important now to stay strong at this time.
"I have always been 100 per cent with the team and the captain," Woolmer, keen to stress there was no rift between himself, skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and the players, added.
Shaharyar Khan, also in London, insisted there had been no major rows within the camp. "There may be a few emotions flaring up considering the current scenario but nothing serious."
Pakistan threatened to boycott the remainder of their tour if captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was banned as a result of charges of ball-tampering and bringing cricket into disrepute following their forfeiture of the fourth and final Test against England at The Oval.