Cricket Coach Murdered

Woolmer now said to be strangled, after team's surprising loss
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2007 8:42 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The death of Bob Woolmer, the English-born Pakistani cricket coach, was ruled a murder yesterday, roiling the sedate world of international cricket  with a crime investigators call “extraordinary and evil.” When Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Kingston, Jamaica last Sunday, it was thought he died from a heart attack, but an autopsy confirms he was strangled.

Woolmer, 59, was killed soon after Pakistan, a cricket superpower, was unexpectedly defeated by a team of Irish part timers. There is speculation the murder is connected to a match-fixing attempt or a betting syndicate. Officials say the World Cup, one of Cricket's premier international tournaments, will continue.