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Body of slain Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer returns home to South Africa

Body of slain Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer returns home to South Africa

The remains of slain Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer returned home to South Africa on Sunday, six weeks after he died at the World Cup in the Caribbean.
The casket, sealed in a large wooden crate, arrived aboard a commercial flight at Cape Town International Airport at about 0800 GMT from Kingston, Jamaica, via London.
A local funeral parlor received the body from customs amid a large press contingent.
Woolmer, a 58-year-old former England test batsman, was found unconscious in his Jamaican hotel room and pronounced dead within an hour at a hospital on March 18. The day before, Pakistan had been beaten by Ireland in a major shock and was later knocked out in the first round of the World Cup.
On March 22, police said he was strangled. Police said earlier this month they had received results of toxicology tests, but did not release them pending further analysis.
Family spokesman Gareth Pyne-James said there was no decision on when the funeral would be held, but that the service would be private.
Woolmer's body was released by the Kingston coroner last week after authorities postponed an inquest because of unexplained "significant developments" in the case.
Investigators are to travel to Cape Town to speak to Woolmer's widow Gill and sons Dale and Russell.
Pyne-James said the family was not aware of any details of the investigators' visit other than they were expected to arrive in May.
Woolmer had also coached South Africa's test and one-day team, leading the Proteas to the 1999 World Cup semifinals. He was coach at the height of the match-fixing scandal involving Hansie Cronje, but was never implicated.
At a memorial service earlier this month, tributes flowed as Woolmer's family heard how he defied apartheid to create one of the country's first mixed-race teams and nurture talent like South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs.
Meanwhile, a local Johannesburg newspaper reported that print run of the coaching manual co-written by Woolmer was to be doubled from 5,000 copies to 10,000.


Updated : 2021-04-11 05:39 GMT+08:00