WORLD CUP - Bob Woolmer dead after Pak crash out

Pakistan coach was found unconscious in hotel room; shocked Chappell says he knows how tough the job is



CASTING a shadow on the World Cup, Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woo lmer died in hospital today, less than 24 hours after Inzamam’s side crashed out of the World Cup after a stunning three-wicket loss to Ireland, their second successive defeat.

Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious in his hotel room by cleaners at 10.45 am and was rushed to hospital and admitted in intensive care where he later passed away, Pakistan team media manger Pervez Mir told reporters. According to another version, Woolmer was brought dead to hospital.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

Woolmer’s wife has been informed and she’s expected here from South Africa.

At the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain, where Team India’s based, news of Woolmer’s hospitalisation came in just as Greg Chappell was settling down for a press conference the day after his team’s shock defeat against Bangladesh.

But minutes after Chappell had said that he was “sad to hear the news” and conveyed his “best wishes” to Woolmer and his family, a journalist ran up to the coach to inform him that the Pakistan coach was no more. A stunned Chappell moved away from the group into the dressing room “to in- form the boys”, then emerged shaking his head.

“I know how demanding a job like this can be. It’s a tough job, somehow you got to find ways to relax and enjoy yourself when it’s difficult,” said Chappell.

In a statement, the Indian team said: “He (Woolmer) has left an indelible mark on the game that he loved and lived for. We extend our sincere condolences to Bob’s family, friends and all members of the Pakistani team.”

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