MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, June 12, 2007 (AFP) – Former Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered but died of natural causes, Jamaican police said in a bombshell announcement Tuesday nearly three months after his death during the World Cup tournament. After first treating Woolmer’s death by asphyxiation as homicide, sparking feverish speculation about the malign presence of gambling mafias in the game, police said there was now no reason to suspect foul play or match-fixing.
South African and Canadian pathologists had concurred with a finding by a British forensics expert that “Mr Woolmer died of natural causes,” Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) commissioner Lucius Thomas said.
In further toxicology tests, “no substance was found to indicate that Bob Woolmer was poisoned,” he told a news conference.
“The JCF accepts these findings and has now closed its investigation into the death of Mr Bob Woolmer,” Thomas said.
Commenting on the match-fixing suspicions, he added that “neither the ICC (International Cricket Council) nor the JCF have found any evidence of any impropriety by players, match officials nor management during the investigation of Mr Bob Woolmer’s death.”
An initial autopsy report after Woolmer’s death on March 18 p