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Cause behind Woolmer death to be known today

cricket Updated: Mar 21, 2007 02:36 IST
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Just after 9 am on Tuesday, Bob Woolmer's body was brought to the Kingston Public Hospital for autopsy. The lone Pakistan team official accompanying the body was trainer Murray Stevenson, authorised by Woolmer's wife Gil to be present there and to then take it back to Cape Town.

Although local authorities had said the process normally took about an hour-and-a-half, it was still underway at noon.

Police spokesman Karl Angell told the waiting media -- Indian and West Indian mainly -- that the result would first be conveyed to Gil, then the Pakistan team and only later to the media.

The Pakistan team's departure for home has been pushed back by a few days. It is not clear whether this is connected to the investigative process. Inzamam-ul Haq's men were scheduled to leave on Thursday, a day after their last group match against Zimbabwe at the Sabina Park. Sources close to the team said they would now leave on Saturday.

The past 24 hours have seen a number of theories about the causes of Woolmer's death. The most popular of these have revolved around him having "ODd" (overdosed on a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol) -- either inadvertently or intentionally, by his own hand or someone else's. But at the moment, this is all just speculation.

Pakistan plan to give Woolmer a fitting Jamaican farewell on Wednesday, under the tutelage of his assistant Mushtaq Ahmed, who had wept openly on hearing the news of his death. "We had initially thought of not playing this match but changed our minds because we thought it would be the best way to pay tribute to Bob," said team manager Talat Ali.