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Woolmer's last e-mails will remain private

cricket Updated: Apr 07, 2007 01:35 IST

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Late Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer's widow Gill said that personal e-mails sent by her husband in the days and hours leading up to his murder in Jamaica should never be made public.

"They (investigators) have looked at the e-mails he sent me and others. It is only personal stuff, and there is no way on God's earth that I am going to let the public read this," she was quoted as saying by The Times on Friday.

Gill said that police still have his laptop as they investigate his murder that took place in Kingston, Jamaica March 18, a day after Pakistan suffered a first round exit from the World Cup after being defeated by minnows Ireland.

She said that her husband had sent her an e-mail saying he was "really depressed" following Pakistan's defeat by Ireland, there was "not even a hint of his being scared, or of anything to do with match-fixing".

Gill has no plans to travel to Jamaica, and has not been told when her husband's body will be returned for a private family cremation, but is in regular contact with the police in Kingston.

"Obviously, I have not met Jamaican cop Mark Shields (who is leading the investigation), but he seems to be doing a good job," she maintained.

"It is not the case that Scotland Yard are being called in because he is incompetent. He is under stress and is tired and requires help because there are so many things to look into.

"We need to bring this to a speedy conclusion."

Gill also revealed she had not been keen for her husband to become Pakistan coach in the first place.

"Bob told me he would never coach another international side after finishing his term as a coach with South Africa. I told him, 'I cannot believe you are thinking of doing this'.

"He knew the Pakistan side fluctuated in form, but he liked a challenge and no one else tried to prevent him taking the job.

"If he had been offered the sort of salary Duncan Fletcher (the England coach) is on, much more than he was receiving from the Pakistan Cricket Board, he would probably not have been able to turn down the England job, either."

She also said that her husband's relationship with Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was not always smooth.

"Bob got on with Inzamam ul-Haq, whom he did not dislike, but there could be moods. Inzamam would not speak to him for a few days but then would be okay again.

"The captain had a presence about him when he walked into a room and the younger members of the side revered him and would tread on eggshells around him."

Bob Woolmer, in addition to his hopes of acquiring sponsorship for a proposed cricket academy in South Africa, had been offered a consultancy role at Dubai Sports City, where an international stadium is due to be constructed.