Woolmer 'died of cardiac arrest', Inzy to quit ODIs

The Pak coach's death comes a day after his side's ouster from World Cup.
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Updated on Mar 19, 2007 03:14 PM IST
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IANS | By, Kingston (jamaica)

Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died after suffering a cardiac arrest in his room at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston on Sunday.

He was found unconscious in his room and was taken to the University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket after the Zimbabwe match after his team's humiliating exit from the World Cup and the death of coach Bob Woolmer.

"Robert Andrew Woolmer has passed away on Monday and the entire Pakistan team and management are shocked and saddened by his passing," said Pakistan team manager Pervez Mir.

"Hotel staff found him about 10.30 am (local time), laid out on the floor, with mouth wide open and there was vomit," he added.

"His next of kin have been informed and we extend our deepest condolences to his family. The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also been informed, there will be a coroner's inquest and in keeping with Jamaican law an autopsy will take place into his death."

Woolmer's death comes a day after Pakistan were defeated by Ireland and eliminated from the World Cup tournament.

"I'm going to sleep on this one as I've had a very bad day, which ranks along with my worst days as a coach," Woolmer had said at the press meet after Saturday's match.

"The most probable cause of death would be cardiac arrest," said Hem Persaud, a forensic pathologist, "this condition is mainly due to stress and in this case the expectations that were attached."

Persuad further added that since heart attacks generally occur during the early hours of the morning, there would have been no one to help him citing the news reports that detailed out the circumstances of his death.

The 58-year-old former England batsman, Woolmer was born in 1948 in Kanpur and made his debut for England in 1972, he was selected as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year in 1976.

Woolmer coached South Africa, where he emigrated, from 1994 to 1999. He was appointed coach to the Pakistan team in 2005.

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