Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Was Cricket Coach Killed by a Bookie? 'Poison Found in Bob Woolmer's Room'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Was Cricket Coach Killed by a Bookie? 'Poison Found in Bob Woolmer's Room'

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CRICKET coach Bob Woolmer may have been murdered by a match-fixing bookie, it was claimed today.

There was blood on the floor of his hotel room and there are reports of traces of poison being found.

Woolmer, 58, pictured, was discovered by a maid lying unconscious in the bathroom hours after his Pakistan side suffered a shock defeat to part timers Ireland in the World Cup.

Police sources said there was blood on his cheek and eyes and scratches on his neck.

His death was initially presumed to have been from natural causes. But ex- Pakistan player Sarfraz Nawaz said Woolmer, a former Kent and England all-rounder and highly respected coach, had been murdered by the "match-fixing mafia" because he had been about to blow the whistle.

Police are questioning the Pakistan team who have been asked to stay in Jamaica for two days after their final match today so that investigations can continue. A post-mortem examination could not pin down a cause of death and further investigations are being carried out by a toxicologist and a histologist, who will examine body tissue.

Mark Shields, deputy commissioner of the Jamaican police, told a press conference in Kingston today: "The cause of death was inconclusive.

"Having met the pathologist, other medical personnel and investigators, there is now sufficient information to continue a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Mr Woolmer, which we are now treating as suspicious.

We have already informed the Woolmer family of this development."

Police said there was froth around Woolmer's mouth, blood on the floor, vomit on the walls and signs of diarrhoea.

Asked if he was saying that Woolmer had been murdered, Mr Shields said: "No, we are not saying that." He added that as yet they have "no suspects".

Woolmer was a diabetic and his bloodsugar testing machine was found on the floor in the bathroom His wife Gill has told of the pressures placed on her husband as the figurehead for a cricket-mad nation. …

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