From News1130…Pakistan’s Cricket Coach Woolmer Strangled To Death Say Police
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Pakistan’s cricket coach Bob Woolmer was strangled in his hotel room after the team’s shocking World Cup loss to Ireland and police are investigating it as murder.
“The official report from the pathologist states that Mr. Woolmer’s death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation. In these circumstances, the matter of Mr. Woolmer’s death is now being treated by the Jamaican police as murder,” Police Commissioner Lucius Thomas said in a statement that was read by a police spokesman Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Woolmer was killed in his hotel room on Sunday.
“There is an ongoing murder investigation into the death of Robert Woolmer and as a result the security arrangements at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel are a part of those investigations,” Owen Ellington, assistant police commissioner, said in a statement. He declined to elaborate.
Pakistan cricketers were finger printed and interviewed by police at the hotel Thursday and later left for the northern resort of Montego Bay. The team will leave Saturday for Lahore, Pakistan, via London…
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BFP Speculates As To Opportunity & Motive
If there is one Cricket World Cup team that is security conscious, it has to be Pakistan. With the country torn by Jihad vs. Secularism and having vast areas where jihadist local governments rule, one doesn’t have to be much of a security expert to guess that the Pakistani team is as concerned about security as anyone.
Given the level of security, it is probable that the murderer or murderers had legitimate access to Woolmer, and that he knew his killer(s). Certainly the police are of that opinion according to the article above.
Take your pick – revenge for Pakistan’s unexpected loss to Ireland, revenge for personal reasons, jihadist murder, revenge for orchestrating the loss for betting purposes, to cover-up corruption, organized crime killing for failing to perform, sex murder, cover-up for a drug scandal…
You name it. With cricket now a world class sport for drug taking and betting scandals, there are so many cricket-related possibilities on top of the “usual” reasons why people murder each other.
What Now For Cricket World Cup?
Who knows? It depends upon what happens in the next day or so. If the murderer were to be quickly identified and arrested, the world would at least have some idea of a motive.
Unless Woolmer’s killer(s) are arrested soon, his murder will unfortunately increasingly define Cricket World Cup 2007 and the legacy of the series.