Cricket: GRIEF STRICKEN; EXCLUSIVE Underwood: My Pal's Murder Is Too Dreadful to Take in ENGLAND V KENYA WORLD CUP GROUP C: TODAY, 1.30PM

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Byline: Mike WALTERS

DEREK UNDERWOOD surveyed the pall of grief hanging over the Caribbean after his former team-mate Bob Woolmer's murder and admitted: "The World Cup does not seem important any more".

Former Kent and England spinner Underwood was known as 'Deadly' in his heyday because he was lethal on sticky wickets, but he never dreamed that cricket would prove such a fatal occupation for his pal.

And as South African pace legend Allan Donald called for the World Cup to be scrapped as a mark of respect to Woolmer, a devastated Underwood said: "A shadow has been cast over the tournament.

"I can understand people saying it should be called off, but Bob is one person who would have wanted it to continue, and hopefully the competition will be a fitting tribute to him.

"I had not got over the shock of hearing that Bob had died, so to learn that he was murdered is simply too dreadful to take in.

"Over the years cricket has been a battleground for many things, but if it was murder this is a first - and for the sake of everybody connected with the game, it must be the last.

"Bob was probably the greatest enthusiast for the game that I've ever known. That's why he was such a courageous player and such a good coach. He brought a boyish enthusiasm to everything he did

"All over the world there are cricketers whose careers have been enriched by working with Bob. I can't understand who would do such a terrible thing to such a likeable man. …