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Death of a Coach

Updated (see below)

 

A day after Pakistan’s shock loss to Ireland (on St Patrick’s day, no less) in the Cricket World Cup, Pakistan’s coach Bob Woolmer has died after being found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer – a former England Test batsman – has died after being found unconscious in his hotel room in the West Indies.

The 58-year-old was discovered in his room at the Pegasus Hotel in Sabina Park on Sunday morning, and was immediately taken to the emergency department of a nearby hospital – but he did not recover.

The team’s media manager Pervez Mir revealed Woolmer suffered from a medical condition but said it was too early to say whether it played a part in his death.

A team spokesman said: “We saw him on Saturday night but having not seen him early on Sunday two of our officers went to his room and with the help of hotel staff entered. He was found unconscious there. It is too early to say whether he has suffered a heart attack. We are awaiting medical reports.”

While there is no evidence of foul play, I would like to take you back to a post of mine from over two years ago, after Pakistan were thrashed by the all-conquering Aussies:

Dozens of supporters of a youth organisation today chanted slogans and burned effigies of two Pakistani cricketers and two officials of the national team following Pakistan’s loss to Australia this week.

World champions Australia, beat Pakistan with a massive 491 runs in the first cricket Test on Sunday in Perth. Australian bowlers eliminated the Pakistani batting lineup for a total of only 72 runs in their second innings.

About 60 supporters of Shabab-e-Milli – a youth organisation linked with Pakistan’s largest Islamic group, Jamaat-e-Islami – chanted “Death to Inzamam,” referring to Pakistan captain Inzamam-I-Haq, and “Death to Bob Woolmer,” the team’s coach.

That was the reaction after Pakistan lost to the world champions, Australia. You can only imagine the anger after this recent loss to cricket minnows Ireland.

 

Update: While the family are saying that stress probably killed him, it is likely that if stress did not do the job, many Pakistanis would have:

After the team’s loss to Ireland, a huge crowd had gathered in front of Pakistani captain Inzamamul Haque‚Äôs Multan residence and chanted slogans of “Death to Woolmer, Death to Inzamam”.

I’m just surprised they didn’t blame Pakistan’s loss on the Zionists.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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