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    March 21, 2007

    Woolmer's death 'suspicious'

    The speculation yesterday that Bob Woolmer might have died due to drug and alcohol abuse may still proved to be incorrect, but police officials have nevertheless termed the results of Woolmer's autopsy inconclusive, and hence his sudden death 'suspicious'.

    Further tests to determine the cause of death have now been requested, and everyone awaits their results. The Jamaica deputy police commissioner Mark Shields said they treated any sudden death as suspicious and that the pathologists just wanted to be absolutely sure, but with rumors of "marks" being found around the neck of the dead body also around, its not hard to see why they went in for more tests.

    That Woolmer might have been murdered is another devastating bit of news for the Pakistan players, whose state of mind ahead of our final game against Zimbabwe would have been bad as it following the news of Woolmer's death and Inzi's one-day retirement.

    I'm not surprised Cricinfo reported that the players were "reluctant" to play, but reportedly Naseem Ashraf (who has already resigned) asked them to play on. Mushtaq Ahmed, the assistant coach, led the charge in our practice session ahead of the match, and later spoke to press about the mood in the Pakistani camp and how much the players have been affected; Dileep Premachandran has the quotes in a poignant preview the match for Cricinfo here.

    PJ Mir, the media manager, has also confirmed the players will be taking part in a small remembrance ceremony after the game, but as Dileep says in the preview also, the best tribute we can hope to give Woolmer, in the circumstances, is by winning.

    Cross-posted on Cricket Bloggers of Pakistan and Sundries

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