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mohammed farah
03-19-2007, 02:12 AM
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has died after being discovered in his Jamaica hotel room on Sunday morning.
The 58-year-old former South Africa coach, who played for England between 1975 and 1981, was found unconscious at the Pegasus Hotel at 1045 local time.

He was taken to the emergency ward of the nearby University hospital but did not regain consciousness.

"It is very shocking news to all of the team and the team management," said Pakistan team manager Pervez Mir.

Mir revealed that Woolmer suffered from a medical condition - but said it was too early to say whether it played a part in his death.

"We saw him last night but having not seen him early today two of our officers went to his room and with the help of hotel staff entered. He was found unconscious there.

"It is too early to say whether he has suffered a heart attack. We are awaiting medical reports."

Woolmer's South-Africa based wife has been notified. He also leaves two children.

Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup on Saturday after losing by three wickets to minnows Ireland.

Their preparations for the tournament had been far from ideal.

Following the infamous forfeited Test against England at The Oval last summer, two of their leading fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, were suspended after failing doping tests.

The pair later saw those bans rescinded but missed the World Cup because of injury, something Woolmer admitted had hindered the team.

"There are a number of extenuating circumstances in the last six months that have made coaching Pakistan slightly different to normal sides," he said after the defeat by Ireland.

The Pakistan team are scheduled to play their third match of the World Cup against Zimbabwe on Wednesday in Jamaica.

Spokesman Mir revealed that the match would take place and said: "The Pakistan team will continue its participation in the tournament. We are due to play Zimbabwe and we will.

"Obviously the boys are extremely sad, they are very disturbed, they are shocked, it's a very shocking happening. But the boys have to play the match and they will."

Woolmer took charge of Pakistan for 10 Test series, four of which were won, with three lost and three drawn.

His overall Test record in 28 matches as Pakistan coach was 10 wins, 11 defeats and seven draws.

In the one-day game, he took charge of 69 Pakistan internationals, winning 37, and losing 29, with three non-results.

Previously he coached South Africa between 1994 and 1999, guiding them to the World Cup semi-finals


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03-19-2007, 03:38 AM
i have absolutely no interest in any kind of sports. but i am wondering - why a non-pakistani coach?

03-19-2007, 05:09 AM
Robert Andrew Woolmer, (born May 14, 1948, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Coaching career

Woolmer had obtained his coaching qualification in 1968.[2] After retiring from first class cricket in 1984, he emigrated to South Africa where he coached cricket and hockey at high schools.[3] He returned to England in 1987 to coach the second eleven at Kent[2]. He went on to coach the Warwickshire County Cricket Club in 1991, the side winning the Natwest Trophy in 1993, and three out of four trophies contested the next year.

He was appointed coach of South Africa in 1994. In the next five years, South Africa would win most of their test (5 out of 10 series) and One-day International matches (73%).[3] However, the side failed narrowly in their bid to make the final of the 1999 World Cup,[4] and Woolmer resigned. He was appointed coach of the Pakistan team in 2005.

References (wiki)
  1. ^ Woolmer : a creative and adventurous coach. Cricinfo (2007-03-18).
  2. ^ a b "Bob Woolmer - A Dream Coach", That's Cricket, 2006-10-01.
  3. ^ a b About Bob. Bob Woolmer's website.
  4. ^ Australia Vs South Africa Semi-Final Details. Cricinfo (1999-06-17).
  5. ^ a b c d "Bob Woolmer hits back in new ball-tampering row", Khaleej Times, 2006-08-28.
  6. ^ http://sport.guardian.co.uk/cricket/...883674,00.html
  7. ^ Bob Woolmer's death stuns cricket world Cricinfo
  8. ^ 'Pakistan coach Woolmer dies' Sky Sports
  9. ^ Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman states Bob Woolmer was diabetic
  10. ^ http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/...olmer-Dies.php
  11. ^ Reuters: Cricket-Pakistan coach Woolmer dead - team spokesman
  12. ^ Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dies BBC Sport
  13. ^ Comment on Woolmer's death from his son
  14. ^ Cricket mourns death of Woolmer
  15. ^ 'He gave his life to cricket and paid for it'

Death during 2007 World Cup

On 18 March 2007 at approximately 17:15, it was reported that Bob Woolmer had been taken to hospital after he was found unconscious in his hotel room. He was taken to the nearby University Hospital in Kingston but it was later confirmed that Bob Woolmer had died. Pervez Mir, the Pakistan team manager revealed that Woolmer had suffered from an un-named medical condition (he was Diabetic, but said that the cause of death was as yet unknown. His Son has commented that he may have died as a result of stress brought on by his job.

Tributes were paid to Woolmer by members of the Pakistan cricket team, and by other former cricketers including Michael Holding and Dickie Bird.

03-19-2007, 08:19 AM

Very very unfortunate....on top of that Inzimam retires...what is the Pakistani Cricket Team coming to.... imsad imsad imsad

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