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Shoaib Akhtar can sue Woolmer: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board today said if Shoaib Akhtar feels he was racially abused by coach Bob Woolmer, the speedster could sue him in court and seek an apology and damages. Bob Woolmer

"We have also read claims in newspaper reports that Woolmer allegedly called Shoaib "Blacky" something which he (Woolmer) has denied. But the way we look at it, Shoaib has the simple route of taking legal action if he believes racists comments have indeed been made," a senior board official said.

The `Dawn` newspaper had carried a report, quoting sources close to Shoaib as saying that the fast bowler wanted a public apology from captain Inzamam ul Haq and Woolmer for insulting and abusing him in South Africa and had also threatened legal action against them.

However, Woolmer last Friday rubbished the claims that he had racially abused Shoaib and said he was consulting his lawyers to take legal action against the newspaper.

"As far as we are concerned, Woolmer has not reported any such incident in his tour report. We are yet to study the report of team manager, Talat Ali," he said.

Talat has been retained as manager for the world cup in the West Indies.

The board official said if and when Shoaib did go to court against Woolmer, than obviously the PCB would review its relationship with Woolmer and assist the fast bowler.

"So far we have not heard or been told anything about this incident," the official said.

Woolmer`s contract with PCB expires at the end of June and all indications are the board would not be offering him or his support staff another contract.

The PCB on Saturday also accepted the resignation of South African trainer Grant Compton, who was brought in by Woolmer to work at the National cricket Academy in Lahore.

The board refused to negotiate new terms and a raise in fees for Compton for his new contract.

"He will be leaving soon. His resignation has been accepted and he has been told to clear his dues with the accounts and administration. We wish him best of luck in his future assignments," said Saleem Altaf, PCB director, cricket operations.

Sources said the board was not in favour of retaining Woolmer as it felt he had lost his rapport and respect of many of the players in the Pakistan team.

"Obviously the board doesn`t want to bring up this issue at this stage before the World Cup," one source said.

The source said the board was also keen to see Inzamam take his final bow from international cricket after the World Cup.

"The feeling is Inzamam is bringing negative vibes into the team and he will also not be entertained after the tournament," he claimed.

Tags:- Bob Woolmer   Inzamam ul Haq   Saleem Altaf   Shoaib Akhtar  

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