Pakistan players give DNA samples as Sri Lanka gets into next stage

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 23, 2007 (AFP) – Pakistani players gave DNA samples to police on Friday as part of the probe into the World Cup murder of coach Bob Woolmer, while Sri Lanka progressed into the Super Eights after beating India. Jamaican police insisted that no arrests had yet been made as the investigation into Woolmer’s death by strangulation also focused on examination of CCTV footage from the hotel where Woolmer’s body was found.

The 58-year-old former England Test player was found dead a day after Pakistan’s shock defeat to minnows Ireland saw the 1992 World Cup winners crash out of this year’s competition.

Pakistan team manager Talat Ali said his immediate priority was “to take the players back to Pakistan”.

“We’ve given whatever information they (the police) have asked us about, we’ve had our interviews and they’re going to have our DNA, and we should be allowed to take the first available flight back to Pakistan.”

Jamaica’s deputy police commissioner Mark Shields, an Englishman, suggested that more than one person may have been involved in Woolmer’s death and said there were no signs of forced entry to Woolmer’s room.

There was speculation that the killing was carried out by criminals keen to avo