Was the Pakistan coach murdered?

KINGSTON, Jamaica, March 21, 2007 (AFP) – The death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer at the World Cup is being treated as murder, a Pakistan team spokesman said Wednesday. “It is a shame that such callous disregard for the lives of children is being displayed in the midst of hosting the cricket World Cup,” said Jamaican Labour Party politician Derrick Smith. “The police suspect that Woolmer may have been murdered. They have started an investigation,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman Pervez Mir told AFP.

Mark Shields, the deputy chief commissioner of the Jamaican police force, confirmed that the death was being treated as suspicious.

“The post-mortem into the death of Mr Woolmer was inconclusive,” he said.

“But having met with the pathologists and other medical personnel, there is sufficient information to continue a full investigation into the circumstances of Mr Woolmer’s death which is now being treated as suspicious.”

Woolmer, 58, died in hospital on Sunday after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Kingston.

His death came a day after Pakistan, the former world champions, had been knocked out of the World Cup by Ireland’s part-