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Woolmer: I hope to pull through
- All have to share some responsibility for what happened: Younis
Jaipur: ďThanks, I hope to pull through,Ē was Pakistan coach Bob Woolmerís response when The Telegraph wished him luck soon after news broke that strike bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif had tested positive for the banned Nandrolone. Later, both Woolmer and stand-in captain Younis Khan (as also Sri Lankaís Mahela Jayawardene and Tom Moody) took questions from the Media.

The following are excerpts from what the rival captains and coaches had to say about the dramatic development ahead of Tuesdayís Pakistan versus Sri Lanka Champions Trophy match:

YOUNIS: Top players ke nahin khelne se mushkil hoti hai, but cricket is a team game... Because of my nature, I remain positive and Iím confident we will play well... Actually, the team responds well to tough situations... Personally, Iím going to put in more... All have to share some responsibility for what happened... Aisi koi baat nahin hai ki there are differences between the PCB and the team... What has happened has happened... My mission remains the same: Whether we win or lose, the quality of our cricket has to be good... As captain, Iíve always backed my players and, Inshallah, we will do well... How many players have tested positive' Filhal do hi hain...

WOOLMER: Younis and I are disappointed at what has happened... We havenít discussed the issue as a team, thatís going to be done in the evening... Iím confident the players will take adversity in their stride... Itís important to put such issues behind us and look at getting full points tomorrow (Tuesday)... Do I share responsibility for what happened' For everything, the buck stops at the coach... In fact, Iíd got the PCB to introduce dope testing... Itís a coach job to pre-empt... I try to create the best environment... At times like this, a lot of things go on in oneís mind... What holds me on is my love and passion for the game... Weíve got to stop the hurricane from knocking the house down... Iíve never experienced something like this before... Itís not for me to speculate on whether this is the end for Shoaib... Who knows whatís going to happen tomorrow... Itís a mystery... Getting angry doesnít help... If I can, I ease off by playing golf or through music... Perhaps, a nice movie...

JAYAWARDENE: This development wonít change our planning... Usually, teams which get affected (by a controversy) find another gear... From a purely cricketing point, itís disappointing as we were looking forward to the challenge of playing Shoaib...

MOODY: The involvement of drugs isnít welcome in any sport... The full story isnít known as yet, but itís sad... Our players werenít tested before we came here, but they were told that the tournament would see random dope testing...

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