Pakistan cricket in tribute to Bob Woolmer


Former coach “did so much for Pakistan cricket”

THE PAKISTAN Cricket Board has paid tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer on the third anniversary of his death.

In a statement the board said his contributions to Pakistan cricket “will never be forgotten.”

Woolmer, 58, was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica on March 18, 2007, one day after Pakistan was sensationally knocked out of the World Cup following a shock defeat to outsiders Ireland.

Pakistani players came under intense investigation when Woolmer’s death was initially treated as murder.

Some commentators insisted Woolmer was killed to stop him blowing the whistle on illegal betting, the curse of the game in Asia. But after a detailed inquiry Jamaican police declared Woolmer had died of natural causes.

The Board said it wanted “to pay tribute to a man who did so much for Pakistan Cricket.”

The statement said: “Woolmer’s progressive coaching methods made a huge impact on the game of Cricket. He was a distinguished cricketer and coach whose contributions to the game and especially Pakistan Cricket will never be forgotten.

“More importantly Woolmer was an excellent human being who enriched the lives of all those that he came in contact with. He is and will always be missed. The entire Pakistan Cricket Community’s thoughts and prayers are with the Woolmer family.”


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