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Inzamam insulted me: Pak trainer

April 20, 2004 19:32 IST

Former Pakistan team doctor and trainer Dr Tauseef Razaque says he resigned because skipper Inzamam-ul Haq insulted him.

Addressing a crowded press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Monday, Razaque said Inzamam accused him of interfering with team affairs and creating differences among the players.

"I was shocked to hear such remarks from a player like Inzamam and clarified that I had never done so and was just keen to do my job as a professional," he added.

Razaque also distributed photocopies of his resignation, saying he had sent the same to Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan.

Citing the reasons for his resignation, he said after the second Test at Lahore chief selector Wasim Bari inquired about the fitness of the Pakistan players, to which he informed him that some were overworked because of excessive training.

"This information was passed on to the captain and team management as well. After two days, when the team was practicing in Lahore ahead of the third Test, Inzamam confronted me in front of the entire team accusing me and degrading my abilities and professional knowledge.

"I had a heated argument with Inzamam. And the captain kept on saying baseless things that were a shock to me. Thus I decided to part ways with the team," he said.

Razaque said his appeals for adequate rest for the players during the series was unheeded by the captain and team management.

"Inzamam took my professional expertise in a wrong way and insulted me in front of the team," he said.

He said since his association with the cricket team he successfully treated Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, Shabbir Ahmad, Taufiq Umar, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Sami, Azhar Mahmood, Muhammad Zahid and also players from the country's hockey and polo teams.

Razaque pointed out that during the recent series in New Zealand there was a lot of interference in his work, which in violation of his contract with the PCB.

"I was assigned the job to train the team and to decide how much bowling or training was required at the nets and I reported the interference to PCB chief executive Ramiz Raja, who promised to sort out the matter," he said, adding the same was the case in the just-concluded India-Pakistan series because of which the team suffered.

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