Woolmer dies hours after Pak exit...RIP
Woolmer dies hours after Pak exit
Kingston, March 18
Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer suddenly died in mysterious circumstances today, hours after Pakistan’s shocking elimination from the World Cup after the defeat at the hands of Ireland.
Fifty-eight-year old heavy built former England player, who has been the coach of the unpredictable and mercurial Pakistan team for about three years, was found unconscious in his hotel room and was rushed to a hospital.
According to Pakistan team media manager Pervez Mir, Woolmer was pronounced dead on arrival at the University Hospital, a news that caused a shock in the cricket world and cast a gloom over the World Cup.
“I have to say with great sadness that Woolmer has died. The doctors in the ICU have pronounced him dead,” Mir said.
He said Woolmer was rushed to hospital this morning after being found unconsciousness in his hotel room with signs of vomiting.
“He was in critical condition. We have informed his wife and family in South Africa,” another Pakistan team official said.
Pakistan tumbled out of the World Cup on Saturday after a shocking defeat to Ireland. The post-match press conference after Pakistan’s three-wicket loss to Ireland on Saturday was the last time Woolmer was seen in public. The team got concerned when he didn’t come out of his room this morning.
Woolmer’s comments about the stress of being an international coach yesterday now have en eerie ring to them. “It takes a toll on you. You are away from the family, always travelling and living out of the suitcase,” he had said.
Woolmer took over as Pakistan’s coach from Javed Miandad after the team suffered its first ever home loss to arch-rivals India in early 2004.
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