On This Day: The biggest ‘murder’ mystery in cricket history, Guru’s dead body was lying in the room, a shameful stain on Pakistan

On This Day: The biggest ‘murder’ mystery in cricket history, Guru’s dead body was lying in the room, a shameful stain on Pakistan

New Delhi: The 2007 ODI World Cup is like a dark chapter in cricket history. In this World Cup organized in the West Indies, there are many such incidents which make the soul tremble by remembering. On the one hand, the Indian team was eliminated from the group stage after losing to Bangladesh, after which effigies of players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sehwag were burnt across the country. Their houses were pelted with stones. Meanwhile, news comes that Pakistan cricket team coach Bob Woolmer has died.

Even before the teams of India and Pakistan collided with each other on the cricket field in 2007, their game got spoiled. On 17 March, India went out of the tournament after losing to Bangladesh and Pakistan were defeated by Ireland. The very next day the death of the coach created a sensation.

This incident is of March 18, 2007. After the loss to Ireland, the dejected Pakistani players and support staff went back to their hotel rooms. This was the last time Bob Woolmer was seen alive. Next morning when he did not leave his room, his door was opened where he was found dead. Seeing the dreadful scene of the hotel room, there was mourning in the cricket world amidst the World Cup.

Cause of death could not be ascertained

In the initial investigation, the Jamaican police described Bob Woolmer’s death as a heart attack. However, when the post mortem report came, it came out that he was murdered. He died by strangulation. It was investigated for a long time. Pakistani cricketers were questioned but no concrete evidence was found.

As a result, due to lack of evidence, the police closed the case, declaring Bob’s death to be natural. The cause of death of Bob Woolmer was also buried with him and the reason for this could not be known.

Pakistan’s coach was made in 2004

Bob Woolmer was made the coach of Pakistan in the year 2004. The team had just begun to do well under Woolmer’s coaching when their World Cup performance let them down. It was also a blow for Pakistan cricket fans as their hopes took a beating after the league stage of the World Cup was knocked out.

Apart from coaching, Woolmer appeared in 19 Tests and 6 ODIs for England. He scored 1059 runs in Test cricket while he has only 21 runs in ODIs.

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