He was appointed coach of South Africa in 1994. One bottle was later found empty, the other with the seal unbroken. “I am sticking to my findings,” he said. I have been doing autopsies in Jamaica since 1995.” But Seshaiah did not seem so sure during the six-week inquest in October and November 2007. The Death of Bob Woolmer BBC Radio 5 live special – listen via radio or online Date: 16 March. In the end it did, as the show always must, as a tribute to Bob Woolmer. "The Jamaican Constabulary Force accepts these findings and has now closed its investigation into the death of Mr Bob Woolmer," he said. A large man, he had recently been diagnosed with diabetes. He won his county cap in 1969. Or was he first rendered helpless, possibly with chloroform or with drugs in his food? Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious. Why would anyone want to kill such a respected figure? He … Seshaiah claimed to have graduated with an MD in India before becoming a forensic pathologist in Jamaica in 1995. A fine all-rounder for … 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. He said so with complete conviction during his six days of evidence to the inquest. He was feted when his team reversed the result in early 2005 on their return tour to India, drawing the Tests 1–1 and winning the ODI series 4–2. The Cheif Justice Case; Police agression against lawyers protesting on the situation. Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer puts his team through their paces during a training session near Port of Spain in this March 8, 2007 file photo. At first everybody assumed Woolmer had died of natural causes. Lucius Thomas, the police commissioner, added that in further toxicology tests “no substance was found to indicate that he was poisoned”. Find the perfect Strangulation Death stock photos and editorial news pictures from Getty Images. 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. 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. 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. “We hadn’t discussed including match-fixing, and I don’t think we were going to,” continued Tennant. 2:29. T o this day s ome people firmly believe that his death was not natural and he was murdered. By May 20 police were privately admitting that their pathologist was wrong. Pakistan Cricket Team’s coach Bob Woolmer has passed away. I am not surprised that the inquest returned an open verdict because of the earlier uncertainty, but Mark Shields and the Jamaican police have been fantastic and have done everything for us they possibly could.”, If you enjoyed this story, please share with your fellow cricket fans and team-mates. 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. His death was also extremely controversial and there is still some suspicion of foul play. [6], After retiring from first-class cricket in 1984, he emigrated to South Africa, where he coached cricket and hockey at high schools. Robert Andrew Woolmer (14 May 1948 – 18 March 2007) was an international cricketer, professional cricket coach and also a professional commentator. Deputy Police Commissioner Mark Shields led the investigation. [1], Woolmer was born in the Georgina McRobert Memorial Hospital across the road from the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur,[2] India on 14 May 1948. BBC NEWS | South Asia | Timeline: Bob Woolmer investigation There were drug allegations, there were ball-tampering allegations. By the Tuesday after the Sunday when Woolmer suffered the most lonely of deaths, a post-mortem had proved inconclusive, and Jamaican police announced that his death was being treated as suspicious. Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious, Mark Shields, the deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference in Jamaica. Inzamam ul Haq - The Match Winner 43,933 views 11:20 As a coach Woolmer was always at the forefront of technology. He was one man who remained convinced it was murder. According to one of the independent pathologists, Dr Michael Pollanen of Canada, it is “extremely rare” for anyone to be strangled without the hyoid bone being broken. Mark Townsend @townsendmark. At least Gill Woolmer and her two sons have found some sort of peace. Since the transmission of this programme, Jamaican police have attributed the death of Bob Woolmer to natural causes. In 1968, at the age of 20, Woolmer joined the Kent cricket staff and made his championship debut against Essex. 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. Pakistan's coach Bob Woolmer puts his team through their paces during a training session near Port of Spain in this March 8, 2007 file photo. Various of players and cricket officials sitting in service3. “He was murdered. Bob Woolmer played English county cricket for Kent, initially as an all-rounder. He also indicated that he contacted the match officials from that game who also could not recall any such incident. The inquest was headed by coroner Patrick Murphy, the son of an Irish father who served in the Jamaican police force. In the witness stand Seshaiah changed his verdict to “asphyxia secondary to manual strangulation in association with cypermethrin poisoning”. 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. He was joined in his deliberations by 11 local people, the jury which Jamaican law necessitates for inquests. Next door was Danish Kaneria, Pakistan’s spin bowler and, as the only Hindu in a team of Muslims, something of a man apart himself. The spectre of match-fixing has been the biggest threat to cricket’s future ever since its existence was uncovered in the mid-1990s. Highest Test batting averages in England. And could it have been news of that which got back to very dangerous ears? “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. Bob did not look like a man who was unduly stressed. Bob Woolmer’s Death: Looking Back at That Fateful Day in Jamaica. His father was the cricketer Clarence Woolmer, who represented United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh) in the Ranji Trophy. Woolmer's side then beat Sri Lanka 2–0 in a 3 ODI series and achieved a 3rd consecutive Test series win with a 1–0 win in a 2 test series with Sri Lanka. Police attack on the private television network’s premises in Islamabad. Woolmer knew all about cricketing disappointment. Woolmer spoke openly about Cronje and match fixing in an interview on the BBC TV programme "Panorama" in May 2001. 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? “Hi darling,” it started, “feeling a little depressed currently as you might imagine. 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. 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. 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. The death of Bob Woolmer at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean shocked cricket and left a pall over the tournament. He was so helpful to everybody.”. It was known that Woolmer was working on two books, one a coaching manual with Tim Noakes, a South African sports scientist, and the other an updated version of his autobiography, with his friend Ivo Tennant, a Times journalist. On the occasion of Bob Woolmer's tenth death anniversary in March, the Cricket Monthly published a feature on his legacy to the global game. Fourteen hours and 18 minutes after pressing the send button on his computer Woolmer was found dead in that Kingston hotel room, discovered slumped in the bathroom by a maid after being conspicuous by his absence from breakfast the following morning. [4] Further batting success followed over the next two seasons, including two further centuries against Australia in 1977. “The pathologist’s report states that Mr Woolmer’s death was due to asphyxiation as a result of manual strangulation,” said Karl Angell, a police spokesman. Yet, as the cricket community grieved, a much more disturbing, menacing scenario was emerging. Shields, meanwhile, came galloping to the fore. 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. 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. This came after Javed Miandad was sacked when the Pakistanis conceded a 2–1 Test and 3–2 ODI series loss on home soil to arch rivals India, their first series win there in two decades. 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. The death of Bob Woolmer saddens the world of sports, in … Room 374 was just like hundreds of others Woolmer would have known in his globe-trotting career. Following Woolmer’s death, in 2007, the Pakistani team underwent a crucial time, with immense pressure from the final match, and investigating authorities. A final report on the cause of death … Before being appointed chief state pathologist, he would normally have had to acquire a postgraduate degree, publish papers and become a fellow of various pathology institutions, but by his own admission he had never taken an exam in forensic pathology since graduation. Rarely for an Englishman since the Second World War, all his Test centuries were made against Australia. In 2005 Pakistan beat England in a home series immediately after England had beaten the Australian team in England to secure the Ashes. 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. Woolmer died in … [11] However, in the next five years, South Africa won most of their Test (10 out of 15 series) and One Day International matches (73%). Now he was the coach of a nation that had been closely connected to a phenomenon that struck at the very heart of sport. Bob Woolmer in conversation with Pakistan top-order batsman Imran Nazir during the 2007 World Cup, At 8.12pm local time, Woolmer sent an email to Gill, who was home in Cape Town. He was 58. Instead, after hours of deliberation, they returned an open verdict, the foreman of the jury later telling the local Gleaner newspaper that there were far too many inconsistencies to say definitely whether Woolmer was murdered or died from natural causes. Functional, in need of a lick of paint, but perfectly comfortable. Woolmer was also a regular in England ODI cricket from 1972 to 1976. [13] He then worked for the International Cricket Council in helping with cricket development in countries where the sport was not well established.[11]. 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. [11] He later attracted attention at the 1999 World Cup by communicating with his captain Hansie Cronje with an earpiece during matches. Sadly, it provided little cricketing drama and joie de vivre in his name. In it were two bottles of champagne purchased by a Pakistan fan at Heathrow airport en route to Jamaica and given to Woolmer, something of a wine buff, by his assistant coach Mushtaq Ahmed. It was not just as simple as Pakistani players “throwing” their game against Ireland, it was said. An important figure in the Merseybeat scene, Wooler was instrumental in introducing The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein. Match-fixing was never far away from anyone’s thoughts. Most 50+ scores in Tests since 2010, Quiz! Could he have been about to lift the lid on match-fixing, having been involved with Cronje and in the murky world of Pakistani cricket? March 18, 2007. The jury also heard John Slaughter of the Forensic Science Service in London testify that he found no cypermethrin in a blood sample taken from Woolmer. 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. 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. And they heard Professor Tara Dasgupta of the University of West Indies Pesticide Research Unit, who conducted an independent test, confirm that there were no traces of any poison in his findings. The alternative view came from Kent Pantry, Jamaica’s Director of Public Prosecutions, who attacked the international pathologists, Slaughter, Shields and others who believed that Woolmer had died from natural causes. He was appointed coach of the Pakistan team in 2004. 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. Edward Craig, deputy editor of The Wisden Cricketer, said that Woolmer was “pretty excited about doing a book on Pakistan because there was some pretty interesting stuff that he was going to write. A Pakistan cricket fan lights candles to pay tribute to Bob Woolmer. 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. “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. “I hope your day was better but I doubt it as you were probably watching. Because of him, there is still an annual programme for a talented Avendale cricketer to spend a summer at Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.[7]. Many commentators see a link with the murky world of gambling and match-fixing. And could he have been silenced before he had the chance to do so? Bob Ross, beloved art teacher and TV painter of “happy little trees,” died on July 4, 1995 of lymphoma. His mood was sombre as he ordered lasagne and apple pie with ice cream from room service on the evening of March 17. He later returned to Warwickshire, and gained attention when he called for the removal of a life ban on South African captain Hansie Cronje for match-fixing. 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. 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. There is a proposed merger of Death of Bob Woolmer into this article. By the Thursday, March 22, a Jamaican journalist by the name of Rohan Powell sensationally claimed on television that Woolmer had been strangled. Inzamam ul Haq - The Match Winner 41,511 views 11:20 The trip back to the hotel had been made in virtual silence – no rows, no recriminations. In his original report he stated that the hyoid bone in Woolmer’s neck was broken. 'Shoaib, I will miss you': Shoaib Akhtar talks about his final meeting with late Bob Woolmer Bob Woolmer's mysterious death during the 2007 World Cup … Pakistan observe a minute of silence in remembrance of Woolmer, March 21, 2007. 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). [12] and Woolmer resigned. 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 … A jury in Jamaica has recorded an open verdict on the death of the former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, after deciding that there was insufficient … Bob Woolmer - The Fragrance of his Memories - #Tribute #Mentor #TheMatchWinner by #InzamamulHaq - Duration: 11:20. Sarfraz Nawaz is regarded as a maverick, an eccentric: but the cricket community, at least on this occasion, had to take notice of the former Pakistan bowler and ex-member of the Punjab Assembly when he said Woolmer had been killed by the “matchfixing mafia”. [17] 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. [6] 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 played in 19 Test matches and six One Day Internationals for the England cricket team and later coached South Africa, Warwickshire and Pakistan. Did Niroshan Dickwella sledge Jonny Bairstow out? The truth about his career was actually a little more prosaic, and Shields had spent much of his time not at Scotland Yard but with the City of London police. The death of Bob Woolmer at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean shocked cricket and left a pall over the tournament. 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. I am not sure which is worse, being knocked out in the semi-final at Edgbaston or now in the first round. The soft-spoken host of The Joy of Painting was only 52 years old. [16], On 12 June 2007, Lucius Thomas, the commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, announced that the investigation had concluded that Woolmer had died of natural causes, and was not murdered as indicated by the earlier pathologist's report. Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer, who died of strangulation earlier this year, was also poisoned, a BBC investigation has learned. Police are 'satisfied' with the jury's decision. Police are now treating Bob Woolmer's death as suspicious, Mark Shields, the deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference in Jamaica. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mushtaq Ahmed and manager Talat Ali were interviewed for a second time. Woolmer’s body was found lying naked on his back in the bathroom of room number 374 of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. A full-scale investigation has been ordered. Shields started to backtrack. 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. Select from premium Strangulation Death of the highest quality. By Gary Cleland 29 November 2007 • 8:33am . 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But Woolmer's international career stalled after he joined the World Series break-away group run by Kerry Packer. The late Bob Woolmer played cricket for Kent and England. A full-scale investigation has been ordered. [5], Woolmer obtained his coaching qualification in 1968. David Jones was one of the first writers on the scene of Bob Woolmer's death. 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 celebrates after Warwickshire’s victory in the Benson and Hedges Cup final at Lord’s in June 2002. 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. Woolmer, as was his wont, struggled to rest. But why? In later years, Wooler staged annual Beatles conventions in Liverpool with one-time Beatles manager Allan Williams. He is credited with having made the reverse sweep a more popular shot for batsmen in the 1990s,[9][10] as well as being one of the first to use computer analysis, and trying to adapt the knowledge of goalkeepers to wicketkeepers in cricket. The tired old hotel was alive with the cricketing community, but for Pakistan there was simply despair. 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. It was also pointed out that Pakistan were 20-1 on with bookmakers to beat Ireland, who were 8-1 outsiders. Now he was the coroner in a high-profile inquiry where his deliberate methods were to become features of the case. The cricket was quickly forgotten, and instead the World Cup became an investigation into the untimely death of one of the game’s famous figures. His ability to move the ball about at medium-pace was ideally suited to one-day cricket at which he became a specialist. AS each day passes the mystery behind Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's death deepens. 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. 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. “He gave me a half-smile and nod, but clearly he wanted to play it by the book. Three independent pathologists, they said, had come to this conclusion. To me, an average Pakistani, this is one of the many sad news that the nation is getting from everywhere. In a predominantly black township outside Cape Town, he introduced young kids to the game. [15], On 18 March 2007 – the day after Pakistan were knocked out of the 2007 World Cup, and three days before their final game of the tournament – Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. 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. Now Mark Townsend uncovers the extraordinary trail of the murder that never was . Those well versed in the darker side of the game would quickly say why. 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. No, said Noakes. Samiuddin said he had received an email from Woolmer saying that he would only begin on that project after the World Cup. Seshaiah became an isolated figure, his work severely criticised by three international pathologists. This: After the death, ex-Pakistan cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz speculated that Woolmer had been murdered by a betting syndicate, that betting controlled the game, and that Woolmer was preparing to divulge the details in a book being prepared for publication before his death. A man who was to take enthusiastically to the spotlight. 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. Woolmer went to school in Kent, first at Yardley Court in Tonbridge and then The Skinners' School in Tunbridge Wells. 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