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Pakistani cricket board expresses 'satisfaction' at Woolmer verdict

Pakistani cricket board expresses 'satisfaction' at Woolmer verdict

Pakistan cricket chiefs expressed "great satisfaction" Tuesday after Jamaican police said coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes _ not murder _ during the World Cup.
"Pakistan Cricket Board shows great satisfaction over the fact that the truth has finally come out," a board statement said.
"This verdict will be a relief for the wife and family of late Bob Woolmer, Pakistan cricket team and the people of Pakistan, who all have been feeling greatly distressed by the rumors that have been clouding the cricket world since this sad incident," it said.
Woolmer, 58, was found unconscious on March 18 in his hotel room a day after his team was eliminated from the tournament by minnows Ireland.
Authorities on March 22 announced Woolmer had been strangled, setting off a murder investigation and media speculation that Pakistani players and team managers could have been involved.
The PCB said complained that "irresponsible and hypothetical statements were made" in Jamaica and beyond that were "very traumatic not only to the Woolmer's family but also to the entire Pakistan nation."
The board said Woolmer's case also dealt a "big shock" to the team, who "looked up to him as a father figure."
However, it didn't say whether it would sue Jamaican authorities for damages, as some former players have demanded.
"We once again convey our condolences to Bob's wife and family and are relieved that this chapter is now closed," it said.


Updated : 2021-10-23 04:42 GMT+08:00