As soon as Bob Woolmer gets this name, there are many stories in the minds of cricket lovers. Woolmer is known for new experiments in the world of coaching. Woolmer’s father played a Ranji Trophy match for Uttar Pradesh. While there he represented England but had a connection with India. He was born on this day in 1948 in Kanpur, India. Woolmer changed the traditional ways of coaching cricket with the computer and his will. His coaching in 1994 for Warwickshire County in England brought many good results.
But Woolmer’s most brilliant round of coaching came with the South African team. His pairing with then captain Hansie Cronje was well-established. Cronje would be on the field with earphones and kept guiding them from outside. However, it did not work much and the ICC put a stay on it. It was Woolmer who brought discipline to the Pakistani team. As a batsman, Woolmer also played 19 Test matches for England. But he is always remembered for his coaching style.
When the shocking results came
The year before 2007, the 50-over World Cup was going on in the West Indies. On 17 March, the tournament was being played between India and Bangladesh and Pakistan and Ireland. The results of both matches shocked the cricket fans. Bangladesh beat India by 5 wickets, while Ireland beat Pakistan by 3 wickets. After this, it became difficult for both the teams to travel further in the tournament and eventually both were out.
Bad news came again
Hours after the match ended, Pakistan team coach Bob Woolmer died under mysterious circumstances. It was said that Woolmer was under stress due to Pakistan’s defeat to a weak team like Ireland. Due to this, he consumed a lot of alcohol and later he was found unconscious in his hotel room. The unconscious Woolmer was rushed to a hospital in Jamaica, where doctors declared him dead.
Death mourns cricket world
In these suspicious circumstances, the death of Pakistan’s coach caused a wave of mourning in the cricket world. Jamaican police started investigating the case from Murder’s Angle. Three days after Woolmer’s death, Jamaican police said they suspected Woolmer’s murder. However, later the police has closed the case saying that her investigation has led to the conclusion that her death was not a murder but a natural one.