Pakistan coach Woolmer’s death treated as ‘suspicious’
JAMAICAN police have launched a full investigation into the ‘suspicious death’ of Pakistan’s Test coach and former Kent cricketer Bob Woolmer, who died on Sunday, just hours after his side’s elimination from the Cricket World Cup.
Tuesday’s autopsy into the 58-year-old’s demise proved inconclusive forcing examiners, who have yet to rule out foul play, to undertake more extensive blood and toxicology tests, writes Mark Pennell.
Though the Pakistan side were given permission to fulfil their final game of the tournament against Zimbabwe at Sabina Park today (Wednesday), it is understood they have been told not to leave the Caribbean until police investigations have been completed.
In a news conference Pakistan team spokesman Parvez Mir said: “The police suspect that Woolmer may have been murdered. Obviously ‘suspicious’ could be anything at this moment.
“We have a man down and we don’t know the reason why.”
In clarifying the position, Jamaican deputy police commissioner Mark Shields said: “Having met the pathologist, medical personnel and other investigators, there is now sufficient information to continue a full investigation into the death of Mr Woolmer, which we are now treating as suspicious.”
Woolmer, who won 19 Test caps during a Kent playing career that spanned 1968-84, returned to coach the county in 1987 before embarking on successful yet often controversial coaching stints with South Africa, Warwickshire and more latterly, Pakistan.
The former county all-rounder was found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room in Jamaica on Sunday morning and later pronounced dead at the University Hospital in Kingston.