Monday, April 30, 2007

Cricket Coach's Murder Followed Objections to Prayer by his Muslim Players

Woolmer 'was poisoned and strangled'

Bob Woolmer was poisoned before being strangled, according to the long-awaited toxicology reports on the death of the Pakistan cricket coach.

Preliminary tests showed there was a drug in his system that would have incapacitated him, leaving him unable to fight back.

Mr Woolmer was caught up in disputes with some members of the Pakistan side about their alleged preoccupation with their religion before his murder, it is claimed.

The coffin containing the body of cricket coach Bob Woolmer arrives in South Africa from Jamaica

An investigation for the BBC Panorama programme, to be screened tonight, suggests that the Pakistan cricket coach objected to strict Muslim team mates who seemed "more interested in praying not playing" at the World Cup in Jamiaca.

Jamaican police said the details of that poison have not been revealed because they offer a "significant lead" to finding the identity of the killer.

Mr Woolmer, 58, was murdered on March 18 shortly after Pakistan were eliminated from the World Cup following a shock defeat by Ireland.

He was found unconscious in his hotel room.

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