The Pakistan team is “worried” after Jamaican police launched a murder investigation into the death of its coach Bob Woolmer.
“Tragic, yes, worrying yes, because we have a member of our team, a national coach of Pakistan, who has been murdered and this is not something which can be taken lightly,” Pakistan team spokesman Pervez Mir said at Montego Bay. “Because we have other members of team management, we have the team, of course we are all very worried right now,” he said.
“It's a very, very scary situation for us... When you hear something like this and a member of our team has been targeted,” Mir added. “We don't know what's behind the murder. We have to get to the bottom of this.”
No Pak player is a suspect: PCB
In Karachi, Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Nasim Ashraf said that no Pakistani player is a suspect in the murder. Ashraf told TV channels that the Pakistan team members had been questioned by Jamaican police as part of a routine investigation into Woolmer's death.
“The police are questioning everyone in the hotel in the case. Even West Indian captain Brian Lara and official Clive Lloyd have given their statements,” Ashraf said.
Pakistan foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said that the players had been fingerprinted by the police to rule them out and find out who else had visited Woolmer.
Call off the World Cup: Donald
Former South Africa pacer Allan Donald feels that the World Cup should be called off in the wake of his murder.
The ICC had insisted that the tournament would continue but Donald said there was no point of continuing the showpiece event as the tragic event has overshadowed everything happening on the field. “I just don't know how this World Cup can continue under the shadow of what's happened,” Donald told BBC Radio Five Live.
“My personal opinion would have been to stop, but knowing Bob he would have wanted this to go ahead. I think everyone will continue this World Cup but, at the back of their minds, know that a tragedy took place. I just hope the individuals or individuals are brought to justice because Bob was a great man,” he said.
Woolmer's house cordoned off
Police in Cape Town have cordoned off the street around Woolmer's home following keen interest by local and international media over his death. The police said they had to take action because of the presence of a large number of mediamen. According to reports here, friends and family of Woolmer have set up a trust fund in his name to help finance a cricket academy.