As a coach Woolmer was always at the forefront of technology. At first everybody assumed Woolmer had died of natural causes. AS each day passes the mystery behind Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's death deepens. At the end Murphy told the jury that they could return several possible verdicts, including murder, manslaughter, death by natural causes, unlawful killing, suicide, accident or misadventure. He graduated to Test cricket with England in 1975 again, at first, as an all-rounder, having taken a hat-trick for MCC against the touring Australian cricket team with his fast-medium bowling. They chose none of them. on the death of one of the top cricket coaches of all time. The bleeding in Woolmer’s neck which Seshaiah claimed was evidence of strangulation was more likely to have been caused by Seshaiah himself (artifactual or Prinsloo-Gordon haemorrhaging). Woolmer's first job was as a sales representative for ICI, and his first senior cricket was with the Tunbridge Wells club and with Kent's second XI. Woolmer was known for his progressive coaching techniques. The trip back to the hotel had been made in virtual silence – no rows, no recriminations. He also became involved in the Avendale Cricket Club in Athlone, Cape Town. In the witness stand Seshaiah changed his verdict to “asphyxia secondary to manual strangulation in association with cypermethrin poisoning”. “I am sticking to my findings,” he said. “We hadn’t discussed including match-fixing, and I don’t think we were going to,” continued Tennant. Woolmer’s body was found lying naked on his back in the bathroom of room number 374 of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. On 18 March 2007, Woolmer died suddenly in Jamaica, just a few hours after the Pakistan team's unexpected elimination at the hands of Ireland in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Allan Donald, a friend and colleague of Woolmer’s, passionately called for the World Cup to be cancelled immediately. In November 2007, a jury in Jamaica recorded an open verdict on Woolmer's death. He was appointed coach of the Pakistan team in 2004. But Woolmer's international career stalled after he joined the World Series break-away group run by Kerry Packer. Sarfraz, ever one for a conspiracy theory, claimed that Pakistan fixed their earlier defeat against West Indies, thinking it would still be easy for them to progress to the second round by beating Ireland and Zimbabwe, only the ploy went terribly wrong when they found themselves up against a highly motivated Irish side. Bob Woolmer - The Fragrance of his Memories - #Tribute #Mentor #TheMatchWinner by #InzamamulHaq - Duration: 11:20. Bob Woolmer: Much more than a mysterious death It is unfortunate that Bob Woolmer is remembered for his mysterious death.  and Woolmer resigned. He and the other pathologists, Nathaniel Cary from Britain and Lorna Martin from South Africa, criticised Seshaiah’s methods as well as his findings. Across the corridor was the room of Brian Lara, one of the greatest players the game has known, now coming to the end of his West Indian career. Those well versed in the darker side of the game would quickly say why. A BBC TV investigation claimed that the toxicology report did indeed prove Woolmer was drugged and poisoned with a herb called aconite. A former England cricketer-turned-coach of great renown, Bob Woolmer, was found dead in his hotel bathroom in March 2007, in the Jamaican capital of … Bob Woolmer celebrates after Warwickshire’s victory in the Benson and Hedges Cup final at Lord’s in June 2002.  The findings of the pathologists, and of Metropolitan Police detectives who had visited Jamaica to assist with the investigation, were reported in the weeks leading up to the announcement, which was widely expected by the time it was made. On 18 March 2007, Woolmer died suddenly in Jamaica, just a few hours after the Pakistan team's unexpected elimination at the hands of Ireland in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. At the 1996 tournament on the Indian subcontinent, his team won all their preliminary group matches before succumbing to the West Indies in the quarter finals. Most 50+ scores in Tests since 2010, Quiz! The initial report was that Woolmer had died of a heart attack. 1. Matches (15) IND in AUS (1) Ireland in UAE (1) BBL (1) Super Smash (1) , Woolmer obtained his coaching qualification in 1968. Now it would take on a completely different dimension. Police are 'satisfied' with the jury's decision. Younis remembers the frenzied moments at the 2007 World Cup, as he along with the fellow Pakistani team were regarded as suspects behind Woolmer’s sudden and unexpected death. He also indicated that he contacted the match officials from that game who also could not recall any such incident. Woolmer is thought to be the only man to have witnessed both Brian Lara's innings of 501 not out against Durham in 1994 and Hanif Mohammad's 499 in Karachi in 1958.. Sadly, it provided little cricketing drama and joie de vivre in his name. The 58 … Pakistan Cricket Team’s coach Bob Woolmer has passed away. The young Murphy became a lawyer in Britain before he returned to Jamaica to become a magistrate in 1990. And could it have been news of that which got back to very dangerous ears? Woolmer could not recall any such incident and he denied advocating ball-tampering. While Shields remained convinced, for now, that Woolmer was killed by “manual strangulation”, allegations surfaced in the Jamaican media early in April claiming the toxicology report stated that samples taken from Woolmer’s blood, stomach and urine had shown the presence of a foreign substance. Bob Woolmer’s Death: Looking Back at That Fateful Day in Jamaica. Just after he's sentenced to a long prison term, he dies of a heart attack…and since he had appealed, it means his conviction is vacated, so his widow got all of his assets without having to deal with settlements in what would have been inevitable criminal and civil cases against him…oh yeah, and his body was cremated before an independent autopsy could be performed. In 2005 Pakistan beat England in a home series immediately after England had beaten the Australian team in England to secure the Ashes. Seshaiah became an isolated figure, his work severely criticised by three international pathologists. A man who was to take enthusiastically to the spotlight. Functional, in need of a lick of paint, but perfectly comfortable. Or was he first rendered helpless, possibly with chloroform or with drugs in his food? By May 20 police were privately admitting that their pathologist was wrong. After eight months of drama, intense scrutiny and pain, the question remained of whether Bob Woolmer had his life taken from him or simply succumbed naturally to the stresses inherent in his very demanding job. Woolmer died in … In the home series against India that followed, Woolmer's side were victorious in the Test series, winning it 1–0; however, the side lost the ODI series that followed 4–1. In the end it did, as the show always must, as a tribute to Bob Woolmer. Though he appeared intermittently in the Test team up to 1981, he never recaptured the form of the mid 1970s. Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, died in hospital in Jamaica on Sunday after being found unconscious on the floor of his World Cup hotel room earlier in the day. Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious. It was later discovered that his heart weighed an abnormally heavy 520 grams, with an enlarged left ventricle and a distinct narrowing of the coronary arteries: three-quarters of diabetics die of heart attacks. He won his county cap in 1969. His mood was sombre as he ordered lasagne and apple pie with ice cream from room service on the evening of March 17. CCTV footage was sent to Scotland Yard for further analysis. March 18, 2007. When he was 15, Colin Page, the coach and captain of the Kent second XI, converted him from an off-spinner to a medium pace bowler. There is a proposed merger of Death of Bob Woolmer into this article. Another expert, Fitzmore Coates, a senior forensic officer of the Jamaican government-run laboratory, claimed the amount of it in a sample of Woolmer’s stomach contents was “significant”. Match-fixing was never far away from anyone’s thoughts. In any event, by June 4, the central figure in this plot had become the Indian-born pathologist Dr Ere Seshaiah, a man who had been kept very busy for 12 years conducting investigations into murders in Kingston. The lasagne, half-eaten, was found on a tray outside his room. This month, the ICC communications manager at the time of Woolmer's death draws on fresh interviews and evidence never before reported to reconstruct a story that shook the cricket world. Flyguy649 talk contribs 18:21, 30 March 2007 (UTC) Photo At the post-match press conference at Sabina Park in Kingston, Woolmer had been asked: “Are you going to resign?” He replied: “I’d like to sleep on that one.” He answered each probing question with his usual courtesy, making sure he praised the ICC development programme – which he himself had pioneered with the very object of bringing Associate Members up to the standard of the Test-playing nations. A post-mortem examination established that the former England player had died as a result of "manual strangulation", police commissioner Lucius Thomas said. Bob did not look like a man who was unduly stressed. “We have to go with what the pathologist gives, and if we’d ignored it and it had turned out to be true I would have been lambasted for not treating it seriously.” On June 12 the Jamaica Constabulary Force “confirmed” that Woolmer had died of natural causes. David Jones was one of the first writers on the scene of Bob Woolmer's death. Was he forced into the bathroom and strangled with the aid of a towel to cover up thumbprints or the burn marks that a ligature would have left? When Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica 10 years ago this week, the cricket world was shaken. 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An unnamed government source said this was poison. Woolmer began his coaching career in South Africa in 1970–71 at the age of 22 and by 1975, when he made his Test debut, he had become a teacher of physical education at a prep school in Kent as well as running his own cricket school – at the time one of the youngest cricket school owners anywhere.  However, the side failed to win either the 1996 World Cup or the 1999 World Cup, despite having the highest ODI success rate among international teams in that period. In later years, Wooler staged annual Beatles conventions in Liverpool with one-time Beatles manager Allan Williams. His computer was constantly at his side and, as he wrestled with his thoughts and contemplated, at 58, the end of a coaching appointment that his wife Gill told friends she had never wanted him to take, he decided to surf the net and send some emails, his favourite form of communication. Arunabha Sengupta recalls the terrible day and the intrigue that followed. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and manager Talat Ali were interviewed for a second time. BBC NEWS | South Asia | Timeline: Bob Woolmer investigation Bob Woolmer: death from natural causes This, plus the fact the 18-stone 58-year-old was surrounded by vomit and diarrhoea convinced him the death was due to natural causes. , Woolmer was born in the Georgina McRobert Memorial Hospital across the road from the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, India on 14 May 1948. But during the inquest Seshaiah admitted to getting his original findings wrong. In his time as coach at Warwickshire, with South Africa through the Hansie Cronje years, and now at Pakistan, the most mercurial team of all, he had seen just about everything. Bob Woolmer was also a hockey coach. Today I will bring you the story of the renowned cricket coach Bob Woolmer who was also a member of the English cricket team before taking up coaching full-time. Bob Woolmer sat alone and, according to Deirdre Harvey, the waitress who brought him his last meal, looked desperately sad. Flyguy649 talk contribs 17:34, 24 March 2007 (UTC) Consensus was to keep separate for now, and re-evaluate in the future when the content has stabilised. Bob Woolmer batting for Kent during the Benson and Hedges Cup quarter-final against Sussex in June 1977. “Usually we investigate a murder and we look for suspects, but on this occasion, because of the lack of evidence to support the pathologist, what we’ve done is gone out to prove it is not a murder,” he said. Australia boasted a superior recent record in must-win matches against South Africa. His ability to move the ball about at medium-pace was ideally suited to one-day cricket at which he became a specialist. Inzamam ul Haq - The Match Winner 43,933 views 11:20 The time of Woolmer's death is still in doubt, but Mark Shields, the chief investigator, is certain he was murdered. Woolmer had a drink in the bar with Ian Gould, once a county opponent, now an umpire, then retired alone upstairs. Delivering the very best cricket stories, stats, opinions, features and analysis to your inbox. The night of his death – and the wild rumours that followed it – were examined in depth in the 2008 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Closed-circuit television footage taken from the 12th-floor corridor was converted from analogue to digital. There were also religious differences in that side.” Osman Samiuddin, the Pakistan editor of Cricinfo, said that Woolmer had asked for his help in covering what he described as “probably one of the more interesting periods of my cricket career”. Our batting performance was abysmal and my worst fears were realised.  Some 35 years later, Woolmer, as coach of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, was watching when the county's batsman Brian Lara passed that mark, setting a new record of 501 not out.. You could see it from their body language that something was amiss.”. In 1967 he broke the Kentish Leagues' Bat and trap record for most consecutive strikes between the white posts: 13 in one game. His father was the cricketer Clarence Woolmer, who represented United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh) in the Ranji Trophy. A memorial service has taken place in South Africa for Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer, whose death in Jamaica last month is believed to be murder. “His eyes were red, like somebody who had been crying,” she said later. “One or more people could be involved in this murder.” A day later, on March 23, it was reported that Dr Naseem Ashraf, the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, had received an email sent by Woolmer in the early hours of his final morning, but its authenticity was never proved. Pakistan's World Cup cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, almost certainly died of heart failure, Jamaica police said on Wednesday, a day after ending a high-profile murder investigation into his death. A full-scale investigation has been ordered. Shields started to backtrack.  Former International Cricket Council match referee Barry Jarman alleged that during the 1997 triangular one-day tournament involving South Africa, Zimbabwe and India, a match ball, still in Jarman's possession, that was confiscated after just 16 overs showed evidence of tampering by Woolmer's team. The inquest was headed by coroner Patrick Murphy, the son of an Irish father who served in the Jamaican police force. Bob Woolmer - The Fragrance of his Memories - #Tribute #Mentor #TheMatchWinner by #InzamamulHaq - Duration: 11:20. He was so helpful to everybody.”. , On 6 November, coroner Patrick Murphy asked for further tests to be carried out on samples taken from Woolmer's body following discrepancies in the toxicology reports by forensic scientists from the Caribbean and the UK. A final report on the cause of death … If Woolmer was the victim of gangsters, this might explain why there were no obvious signs of injury. To me, an average Pakistani, this is one of the many sad news that the nation is getting from everywhere. Prem Chand Ch., Hyderabad, India. He'd arrived in Jamaica two years before, and was now faced with the challenge of unravelling Bob's death. , After retiring from first-class cricket in 1984, he emigrated to South Africa, where he coached cricket and hockey at high schools. Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields led the investigation. He also took part in the South African rebel tours of 1982, a move that effectively ended his international career. Yet, as the cricket community grieved, a much more disturbing, menacing scenario was emerging. Open verdict in Bob Woolmer inquest. Now he was deputy commissioner of the Jamaican police in Kingston – which has one of the highest murder rates in the world – far away from fraud and financial crimes. I am not sure which is worse, being knocked out in the semi-final at Edgbaston or now in the first round. Bob Woolmer’s Death: Looking Back at That Fateful Day in Jamaica. (Photos: John Young) John Young distinctly remembers the day when the arrival of his guru, Bob Woolmer, had spread a chill through the indoor cricket academy hall in Cape Town where he worked as an assistant coach. Alison Mitchell revisits the mysterious death of Bob Woolmer ten years ago. Jamaica: Police closed their investigation into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Wednesday after an 11-member inquest jury handed down an open verdict in the case. Dr Nat Carey said after studying autopsy material that death was not by asphyxiation from strangling, it said. Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious. A jury that began deliberations last week after 26 days of testimony from 57 witnesses found insufficient evidence of either murder or a death by natural causes, in effect ruling they were unable to decide an outcome. The third umpire needs to get his law book out, Mickey Arthur is coming for him, Woolmer was “pretty excited about doing a book on Pakistan because there was some pretty interesting stuff that he was going to write", Allan Donald, a friend and colleague of Woolmer’s, passionately called for the World Cup to be cancelled immediately, South Africa-England combined T20I team selector, England Test team of the 1990s team selector, Related Story: England mid-innings dressing room signals prompt debate, Related Story: Pakistan v South Africa 2021: TV channel, match start time & schedule for the Test series. Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious, Mark Shields, the deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference in Jamaica. “I feel that he was bumped off,” said Sarfraz, suddenly in danger of being vindicated for his often outrageous views. The Bob Woolmer murder investigation took a dramatic turn on Saturday as police re-interviewed Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and acting head coach Mushtaq Ahmed. Pakistan cricket board officials suspect that the death of coach Bob Woolmer was due to natural causes and that the Jamaican police acted hastily by declaring it a murder. His name was Mark Shields, 48, described as a former Scotland Yard “high flyer” whose globe-trotting police career had taken in working against the Russian mafia, Swiss money-launderers and the IRA. He said so with complete conviction during his six days of evidence to the inquest. The death of Bob Woolmer saddens the world of sports, in particular criket, which made him famous. In the 80s, Bob opened a sports shop in Tonbridge called Bob Woolmer Sports, which I managed for him. It was, in many ways, the worst possible verdict. Initially his team performed poorly, losing all six matches on his first outing in Pakistan. , Woolmer stated in 2006 that he believed that ball-tampering should be allowed in cricket and that a modification to existing laws should be made. In the 1997/98 Australian international season, Australia had lost all four of their qualifying matches against South Africa in a triangular tournament and conceded a 1–0 finals series lead, before recovering to take the series 2–1. Watch: Batsman gets run out at both ends in BBL, Quiz! Woolmer retreated to his room, number 374, at the end of a musty corridor on the 12th floor of the Pegasus Hotel, a 17-storey skyscraper with 300 rooms in what passes for a luxurious area of Kingston. The Jamaican police investigation into Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's death will have to go the full length to give finality to all the speculation. Then, in what was to be his last interview, he all but told Alison Mitchell of BBC Radio that he was finished as Pakistan coach. Shields went unusually quiet. He was an inspiration to Avendale and was instrumental in assisting the club to grow and be successful. Bob Woolmer played English county cricket for Kent, initially as an all-rounder. In 1968, at the age of 20, Woolmer joined the Kent cricket staff and made his championship debut against Essex. Jamaica: Police closed their investigation into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer on Wednesday after an 11-member inquest jury handed down an open verdict in the case. 'Terrible days' Mr Woolmer's death sparked speculation he had been murdered by an angry fan or by an illegal betting syndicate. The Cheif Justice Case; Police agression against lawyers protesting on the situation. A day after Pakistan had crashed out of the 2007 World Cup with a humiliating loss to Ireland, coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room. He continued his success by leading Warwickshire to Natwest and County Championship success in 1995, before taking on the Post of South African National Coach. Did Niroshan Dickwella sledge Jonny Bairstow out?  He later attracted attention at the 1999 World Cup by communicating with his captain Hansie Cronje with an earpiece during matches. The semifinal rematch saw a late Australian comeback culminate in a tie, when with match scores level, South African batsmen Lance Klusener and Allan Donald had a mix up, with Donald dropping his bat and being run out. Bob Woolmer death speculation. In August 2006, on the eve of Pakistan's Twenty20 international against England in Bristol, Bob Woolmer was forced to defend his reputation when it was claimed Pakistani players lifted the seam of the ball when he was in charge of the team. He also suffered from sleep apnoea, which meant he would stop breathing in his sleep unless he wore a mask attached to a machine that kept his air passages open. A computer expert who later analysed the laptop found that Woolmer also talked online with a friend who was running a sustainable-development project in South Africa. Page3 Reporter 4,683 views. Seshaiah claimed to have graduated with an MD in India before becoming a forensic pathologist in Jamaica in 1995. In his original report he stated that the hyoid bone in Woolmer’s neck was broken. Woolmer was a strong candidate to replace David Lloyd as coach of England in 1999 but wanted a break from cricket and was reluctant to lead England in a tour of South Africa so soon after having relinquished the South African coaching job. Show more. Shields appeared to have no doubts now that there had been foul play: “It would take some force because Bob was a large man and therefore it would have taken some significant force to subdue him and cause strangulation,” he said. Due to rights restrictions with the sports clips, we are unable to show this programme online. The tired old hotel was alive with the cricketing community, but for Pakistan there was simply despair. Pakistan and Ireland will relive nightmarish memories of the World Cup's most tragic moment eight years ago when they clash at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. There were drug allegations, there were ball-tampering allegations. The only sound that could be heard, according to the bus driver Bertram Carr, came from Woolmer: “He was coughing all the way back to the hotel,” said Carr. Now Mark Townsend uncovers the extraordinary trail of the murder that never was . But why? He preferred to join a 'coloured' club rather than a 'white' one in apartheid South Africa. Flyguy649 talk contribs 18:21, 30 March 2007 (UTC) Photo. Various of players and cricket officials sitting in service3. Mercifully, Woolmer’s body was finally released by the Jamaican authorities and his family were at last able to take him back to South Africa, where he was cremated in a private ceremony near Cape Town. 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