The Bob Woolmer murder March 27, 2007

PCB chairman questioned by senate


Nasim Ashraf said that Pakistan players would be given legal assistance if needed for further investigations in the Bob Woolmer case © AFP

Nasim Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan board, has been asked by the senate committee for sports why lawyers were not sent to Jamaica when police interviewed the Pakistan players after the murder of their coach Bob Woolmer.

"We asked the chairman why no legal assistance was provided to the players in Jamaica when they were facing the investigation. Ashraf said the board would do it in future if required," said Senator Anwar Baig, a member of the committee.

Ashraf said that if any player was required by the Jamaican police for further investigations the PCB would provide him with full legal assistance. He also reiterated to the committee that no Pakistan players or officials were involved in the murder or in match-fixing.

The Jamaican police questioned the whole team once and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed, the assistant coach, and Talat Ali, the team manager, twice after Woolmer's death. The squad also gave DNA samples and fingerprints.