Pak­istan coach Woolmer’s death treated as ‘sus­pi­cious’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT -

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.

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