Pakistani Cricket Coach Bob Woolmer Strangled After Loss
** The BBC has video of the police briefing HERE.
After their loss to Ireland, Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer was murdered in his hotel room:
Kingston, Jamaica, March 23: Jamaican Police launched a murder inquiry on Friday into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer at the World Cup, saying he was strangled. The death on Sunday was “due to asphyxiation by manual strangulation”, Deputy Commissioner Mark Shields told a news conference at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston where Woolmer died on Sunday.
“Bob was a large man — it would have taken some force,” Shields added. “Hopefully we will bring the killers to justice as soon as possible. We will use every energy we possibly have to track down the killers.”
The 58-year-old Briton died on Sunday after being found unconscious in his hotel room. The previous day, leading contenders Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup by debutants Ireland in a result, which stunned cricket.
The sport`s governing body said the World Cup would continue despite the shock of Woolmer`s murder which has completely overshadowed the seven-week tournament being played in the Caribbean for the first time.
Every member of the Pakistan cricket team had their fingerprints taken by the Jamaican police.
Pakistan’s cricket players, from left, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Shahid Afridi eat in the lobby of the team hotel, Thursday, March 22, 2007 in Kingston, Jamaica. Pakistan cricketers were finger printed and interviewed on Thursday by police investigating the sudden death of their coach, Bob Woolmer, after a shocking cricket World Cup loss to Ireland on the weekend. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)
His widow, Gill Woolmer, had this to say about the prospect that he had been murdered:
“I suppose there is always the possibility: I mean some of the cricketing fraternity are extremely volatile and passionate about the game and what happens in the game, and also a lot of it in Asia, so I suppose there is always the possibility that it could be that. It fills me with horror. I just can’t believe that people could behave like that or that anyone would want to harm someone who has done such a great service to international cricket.”
The fans were not happy that Pakistan was upset in the tournament.
Pakistani cricket fans burn an effigy of the national cricket team in Lahore March 18, 2007. Angry Pakistani cricket fans took to the streets in protest and burned effigies of players on Sunday, hours after the side’s shock defeat to Ireland in the Caribbean put the 1992 champions out of the World Cup. The placard on right reads ” Get rid of these players and get young blood for the national cricket team”. (REUTERS/Ali Imam)