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'No explosive revelations in Bob's book'

March 28, 2007 12:55 IST

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Publishers of slain Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's autobiography in Cape Town say the book does not contain any 'explosive revelations' about match-fixing.

"There are no explosive revelations in the book, which Bob had co-authored with Professor Tim Noakes and Helen Moffet," New Africa Books Managing Director Brian Wafawarowa said.

"No proofs of the book have gone missing, nor does the book contain any explosive revelations about cricket and match-fixing. The book is the expression of Bob's philosophy of playing and coaching cricket, and is the product of a lifetime's involvement with the game," he added.

Wafawarowa was drawn into the saga after former South African captain Clive Rice claimed he believed Woolmer was about to disclose inside information regarding match-fixing.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor in the King Commission of Inquiry into the match-fixing case involving Hansie Cronje in 2000, Advocate Shamilla Batoyi, said she did not call Woolmer to give evidence because he had no knowledge of match-fixing prior to the inquiry.

"I didn't call him because he did not have anything relevant to say," said the Indian-origin lawyer, adding, "I was only interested in witnesses who had something to say that would build my case, and he had absolutely nothing to add."

The King Commission was established to inquire whether, during a specified period, any member of the South African cricket team or officials indulged in any of 14 different but related activities linked to match-fixing and related matters that could be taken to deal with the issue.

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