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Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dead

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer dead
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First Published: Mon, Mar 19 2007. 03 16 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 19 2007. 03 16 AM IST
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer died at the World Cup on 18 March 2007 after being found unconscious in his hotel room.
The 58-year-old was rushed to the University hospital and admitted in emergency care unit after he was found lying on the floor with vomit all around him at 10.45 in the morning. He never regained consciousness.
A coroner’s inquest and autopsy will be conducted in accordance with Jamaican law.
”Robert Andrew Woolmer has passed away today and the entire Pakistan team and management are shocked and saddened by his passing,” team spokesman Parvez Mir said reading a statement.
Woolmer, had seen his team crash out of the World Cup on 17 March after a shock Group D defeat by Ireland at Sabina Park.
The former England batsman, who played 19 tests for his country, was made coach of Pakistan in June 2004. The job of coaching the national team of the cricket-crazy country is considered one of the most pressurised in the sport.
Woolmer, who has a distinguished career as a coach, appeared to take the three-wicket defeat to debutants Ireland in his stride following the match.
His contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board was due to expire on June 30 but it was widely expected he would part company with them after the World Cup which is scheduled to finish on April 28.
“I would like to sleep on my future as a coach,” Woolmer said in the post-match news conference.
“It’s what I do best, what I try to do best. Therefore I’m not going to throw away coaching just like that.
“However, internationally I will give it some thought. Travelling and being involved non-stop in hotels and so on takes its toll,” he had said.
Before taking up his coaching assignment with the Pakistan cricket team, Woolmer was South Africa’s coach for five years. He also served as the high-performance manager for the International Cricket Council. His pioneering methods included using computer analysis to improve performance.
Woolmer’s death and the defeat to Ireland follow a period of turmoil in Pakistan cricket. In the last year, the nation was embroiled in a ball-tampering controversy during a Test match against England and two of its fast-bowlers, Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif, received suspensions for doping.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 19 2007. 03 16 AM IST