22
Mar
07

Killed by Pakistani Cricket ?

BOB WOOLMER entered the mad, mad world of Pakistan cricket in 2004 — and paid for it with his life.

Whatever the rumours, conspiracy theories or sheer lies about his tragic demise, Woolmer would almost certainly still be alive if he had not taken on the job of Pakistan coach. He found a culture of love and hate, ball-tampering and match-fixing, division and togetherness, falsehoods and withering truths, sackings and reprieves.Pakistan is the country where players’ effigies are burned when the team loses.

After a bad defeat, their houses are frequently attacked.

The national team’s capacity for self-implosion also reached new levels in recent months and this exerted a terrible strain on 58-year-old Woolmer, a cricket man to his soul and who cared so much.

His manner was genial but he was hurt deeply by Pakistan forfeiting the Darrell Hair Test against England at The Oval last summer, the steroids scandal surrounding Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif and last Saturday’s shock World Cup defeat by Ireland.

So, was he murdered or did he die of natural causes? How about suicide?

A hundred questions remain unanswered and we will probably never know the answers to most of them.

For more, read: Killed By Pakistani Cricket – John Etheridge. March 22, 2007.

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1 Response to “Killed by Pakistani Cricket ?”


  1. March 23, 2007 at 6:48 am

    The theory that bookies are behind Woolmer’s possible murder continues to gain currency. Former Pak fast bowler Sarfaraz Nawaz had earlier charged a betting ring with the crime.

    Now jailed don Babloo Shrivastava has said on TV that Dawood Ibrahim has staked about Rs 400 crore in cricket betting and could be involved in the crime. Reports in Pakistan claim that five bookmakers flew to the Windies prior to the World Cup in an attempt to fix games in Pakistan’s group.

    They were supposedly targeting the game against Ireland and West Indies, both of which Pakistan lost. British tabloid Daily Mirror said detectives were trying to discover whether there were huge bets laid on Pakistan losing the game.


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