World Cup 2007 March 18, 2007

The tragedy of Bob Woolmer

Bob Woolmer's death is an utter shock

Bob Woolmer's death is an utter shock. He was a thoroughly decent man who wanted the best for Pakistan cricket and its talented players. I had utmost respect for Bob's dedication to Pakistan cricket and never doubted his desire for the team to succeed. Ultimately he failed. Much of that was to do with the failures of the Pakistan system and the domineering approach of Inzamam. Some of the responsibility did rest with Bob, and he knew it.

At the end of Pakistan's tour to England he promised me that he would do more to assert his ideas upon the team's strategy. But within days Pakistan cricket was in turmoil. A new captain, a new board chairman, and a new feel to Pakistan cricket. I'm not sure Bob ever recovered his poise after that but his commitment to the cause meant that he stuck with it. I am shocked and distraught at Bob's loss to world cricket, and feel great sadness for his family who he always spoke of fondly. He may not have succeeded in the way that he wished with Pakistan but he was brave enough to take on an almost impossible job.

Some readers have rebuked me for criticising Bob in my open letter. To my mind, that's an insult to Bob's intelligence. He was a media man. He understood how the media works. He expected criticism and responded well to it. He was robust enough to challenge his critics, and would take them on directly. He expected me to call it as I see it and would give his honest views in return. We had a great professional relationship because we both wanted the same thing: Pakistan to succeed. If I thought it was time for Bob to go he would have expected me to tell him, although of course he may have disagreed. That is a measure of the man, a thinker, a debater, and an innovator.

My last exchange with Bob occurred before Pakistan's match against Ireland. He was cautiously optimistic. I asked him whether Pakistan could win the cup. He said: "Inshallah, to quote the team."

I then asked him if he would soon be compliant with the Urdu-only policy and he replied: "What sort of rubbish is that [policy] it was mainly instituted to allow those poor in English to express themselves now it has taken on a very different turn. I will have to brush up on my Urdu quickly - Gurrum Chai do chini!"

In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket and many millions of Pakistan cricket fans around the world are grateful to him for taking up the challenge.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Sumair Arif on May 16, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    I Sumair Arif from U.A.E felt sorry 4r His Family and Friends....May He is resting in peace

  • cricket maniac on June 14, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    I think Jamaican police either under pressure or under influence of money are hiding the fact that bob woolmer was murdered. After stangulation mark on his neck, poison in champagne, etc. was revealed. There is no dount in lots of people's mind that he was actually mudered.

  • Ali Bawa on April 7, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    I would just like to say ... when would be able to stand up as a nation and fight for ourslves. Bob dies in West Indies and they were investigating from the Pakistani Team about his death holding them suspect. I mean why cant our board ask for an apology from WI cricket board .. why cant we raise our concerns about security..if GOd Forbid had he dies in Pakistan we may have lost our membership of ICC. We should pressurize ICC and make our self clear once and for all that these things happen every where then wht blame us PAkistanis only for it

  • Adeel Ahmad on March 30, 2007, 8:46 GMT

    If the same incident happened in Pakistan AUS, NZ, ENG, SA and WI would have left immediately citing security concerns. But here people dont realize that this was a big big deal. Just imagine what would have been the reaction if Australia's coach forbid got murdered. John Howard(PM)would have been criticising the authorities for lack of security and proper investigation. WHY THE BIG GAP IN TREATMENT, ICC PLEASE SEE THIS ISSUE WITH A FAIR EYE. THATS THE LEAST THAT WE DESERVE.

  • Shahzad Umar on March 27, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    I cannot believe that nobody has raised any security concerns over the death of Bob Woolmer. Had the same incident happened in Pakistan, ICC would have banned any series in Pakistan for the next five years. The tournament would have been called off and God knows what else. Since the WC is in West Indies, which is a tourist sopt with lots of ^^ATTRACTIONS^^, nodbody is bothered about it. It took them two days to identify that he was strangled. even a layman can identify marks on the neck in a few seconds. How was the hotel secure if someone killed Woolmer during the day, even if Woolmer knew the person. And then they have the guts to stop the Pakistani team and query every1.

  • anser azim on March 25, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    There is God's Hikmat in everything. Bob's tragic death under suspicious circumstances is beyond comprehension. I thanked God for saving Pakistan from another embarrassment, had Shoib been with the squad. His previous altercation with Bob could have given the media a suspect in this case. I hope and pray for the Pakistani cricket and for Pakistan in particular. I hope the real culprits are nabbed soon. I still believe that its not murder and simply a case of sudden cardiac arrest!!!.

  • israr on March 23, 2007, 23:18 GMT

    R.I.P Bob and may allah give strength to Bob's wife and 2 sons in this very sad time. I hope that they catch whoever was responcible for this.

    Bob tried his best with our Khotas (donkeys) but like all before him nothing he did had the desired effect. Sack the whole team, change the domestic game and build a new team of youngsters. make Imran Khan the chairman of PCB and the coach only he can wield a stick strong enough to whip the team into place and he proved it - 1992, need I say more.

    Israr North England

  • Mohammad on March 23, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    Great man Great coach .My condolences to his family.

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  • Sumair Arif on May 16, 2009, 7:56 GMT

    I Sumair Arif from U.A.E felt sorry 4r His Family and Friends....May He is resting in peace

  • cricket maniac on June 14, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    I think Jamaican police either under pressure or under influence of money are hiding the fact that bob woolmer was murdered. After stangulation mark on his neck, poison in champagne, etc. was revealed. There is no dount in lots of people's mind that he was actually mudered.

  • Ali Bawa on April 7, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    I would just like to say ... when would be able to stand up as a nation and fight for ourslves. Bob dies in West Indies and they were investigating from the Pakistani Team about his death holding them suspect. I mean why cant our board ask for an apology from WI cricket board .. why cant we raise our concerns about security..if GOd Forbid had he dies in Pakistan we may have lost our membership of ICC. We should pressurize ICC and make our self clear once and for all that these things happen every where then wht blame us PAkistanis only for it

  • Adeel Ahmad on March 30, 2007, 8:46 GMT

    If the same incident happened in Pakistan AUS, NZ, ENG, SA and WI would have left immediately citing security concerns. But here people dont realize that this was a big big deal. Just imagine what would have been the reaction if Australia's coach forbid got murdered. John Howard(PM)would have been criticising the authorities for lack of security and proper investigation. WHY THE BIG GAP IN TREATMENT, ICC PLEASE SEE THIS ISSUE WITH A FAIR EYE. THATS THE LEAST THAT WE DESERVE.

  • Shahzad Umar on March 27, 2007, 11:36 GMT

    I cannot believe that nobody has raised any security concerns over the death of Bob Woolmer. Had the same incident happened in Pakistan, ICC would have banned any series in Pakistan for the next five years. The tournament would have been called off and God knows what else. Since the WC is in West Indies, which is a tourist sopt with lots of ^^ATTRACTIONS^^, nodbody is bothered about it. It took them two days to identify that he was strangled. even a layman can identify marks on the neck in a few seconds. How was the hotel secure if someone killed Woolmer during the day, even if Woolmer knew the person. And then they have the guts to stop the Pakistani team and query every1.

  • anser azim on March 25, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    There is God's Hikmat in everything. Bob's tragic death under suspicious circumstances is beyond comprehension. I thanked God for saving Pakistan from another embarrassment, had Shoib been with the squad. His previous altercation with Bob could have given the media a suspect in this case. I hope and pray for the Pakistani cricket and for Pakistan in particular. I hope the real culprits are nabbed soon. I still believe that its not murder and simply a case of sudden cardiac arrest!!!.

  • israr on March 23, 2007, 23:18 GMT

    R.I.P Bob and may allah give strength to Bob's wife and 2 sons in this very sad time. I hope that they catch whoever was responcible for this.

    Bob tried his best with our Khotas (donkeys) but like all before him nothing he did had the desired effect. Sack the whole team, change the domestic game and build a new team of youngsters. make Imran Khan the chairman of PCB and the coach only he can wield a stick strong enough to whip the team into place and he proved it - 1992, need I say more.

    Israr North England

  • Mohammad on March 23, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    Great man Great coach .My condolences to his family.

  • Nazir on March 23, 2007, 16:46 GMT

    It was sad how it all ended, i really wanted Woolmer to stay as captain but it is Allah's will that he had to die, by the way i know he coached Pakistan but i have been reading many comments such as may Allah put his soul in peace, you do know that it is forbidden to pray for a non-muslim after he dies.

  • Tehsin Khan on March 23, 2007, 0:12 GMT

    Bob was a true soldier. What he is given us in incomprehenable. Just because of his death the PCBs Incompetent Chairman and others Resigned. Otherwise it would have taken more than one suicide bombers to get them out of that office. I will blame PCB and Inzimam for Bobs untimely death. Inzimam should have retired along with Waseem Bookie and waqar Charsi! for last four years all he did was to grow his belly and beard and invent new ways to get out! he had no idea what cricket is and his captaincy was as impotent as 90 years old man! Inzimam should be ashamed of himself. If he truly is a believer he should have a press conference and should admitt that it was his coward captaincy that has deprived us from this championship. I believe that these 11 guys had enough matel in them to win the World Cup , all they need is a Potent and brave captain like Imran! peace out! I love Pakistana nd I love bob Woolmer! may allah put his soul in peace!

  • fred karmally on March 22, 2007, 20:27 GMT

    Bob obviously did not die of cardiac arrest because there is no vomiting and blood when this happens. Otherwise the autopsy would be quick and conclusive. And in all probability he did not kill himself since he was not on pills. Someone he knew killed him because the locks were not jimmied. I wish they would send the Pakistani board officials and team players to Syria or Egypt and make them talk

  • KM Husain on March 22, 2007, 20:07 GMT

    Thank you President Musarrraf for your recognition of Mr Woolmers's service to Pakistani cricket. Now it would be nice if the entire Pakistani team went to his funeral on their way home.

  • usman zia hidayat on March 22, 2007, 18:00 GMT

    bob wasted a lot of his time with the pakistan team if he was given another countery's comand he could have done a lot better like with south africa cause pakistan r 2 inconsistnat and sinior players think they dont need a coach thy r never willing 2 listen He will b truly missed

  • Ghalib on March 22, 2007, 14:03 GMT

    The Best way to give tribute to bob woolmer that we change the name of "Gaddafi Stadium" to "BOB WOOLMER" Stadium as a rememberence to him for our next generation. the man who gave his life to Pakistan Cricket and at the other hand what Gaddafi give Pakistan!!!!! Conspiracy to our NUCLEAR PROGRAMME. HE IS A NETORIUS FOR ALL MUSLIM WORLD SO PLEASE IMMIDIATLY CHANGE THE NAME TO "BOB WOOLMER STADIUM"


  • Mark Khan on March 22, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    Some great posts here---wonderful tributes to a wonderful man. Yes, we the earthlings, are saddened and shell-shocked at the loss of Bob Woolmer, but be assured, the Heavens are rejoicing to have gained the presence of such a noble man. God bless you all! MRK

  • Saqib Shafiq on March 22, 2007, 5:59 GMT

    Pakistan team is not responsible at all for the tragic death of Bob Woolmer. The main person of the total team collapse is the Naseem Ashraf and i think the death of Bob Woolmer is just a normal heart attack because of tension of his future and the Pakistan team poor output.

  • azam hussain on March 22, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    dear bob, it didnt have to end this way, your sudden exit has left a great mark. it just show how much you loved the game. i want to thank you for accepting the chellenge of being pakistan coach and sharing your knowledge. you will always be remmbered as pakistan coach, an honour for us all pakistanis. god bless your soul. rest in peace. a heart broken fan.

  • Bob Pakistan on March 21, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    I always read what people have to say on their blogs and not one to write in one myself. But I always wanted Pakistan to succeed under Bob's tuition and so therefore I want to add my two pennies worth - After witnessing Pakistan cricket from the late 80's and watching their unpredictable performances, there was always a need for a strong figure away from the politics of the PCB to help Pakistan gain a level of consistency, so when Bob came into the fold people still remained sceptical over what type of Pakistan team an Englishman could produce. People feared that he would destroy the attacking flair that comes natural (especially to the opening batsman). But what Bob managed to do was keep the Pakistani style and instill a stability that also tapped into the players culture and religion. Pakistan were progressing well until the recent problems that arose during the ICC Champions trophy and the England series. Bob you were a true Pakistani Great and Pakistanis will love you for embracing the nation with such affection, you will be missed!

  • arif abbasi on March 21, 2007, 20:19 GMT

    It was sad and shocking news to hear the tragic death of Bob Woolmer.

    Its sad that he left on a sad note and would be remembered like that. Sadly its PCB mgmt, selectors and team that contributed a lot towards Pakistan's defeat.

    Bob was a good coach for Pakistan and he brought a different style of cricket to Pakistan. But unfortunately Pakistani cricket system was not ready for it.

    May his soul rest in peace.

    Its good that Pakistan decided to play their last match to pay tribute to Bob and also leave the cup on a sad but positive note.

    Inspite of all this, I felt sorry for Inzmam when he decided to retire. It was also very heart moving when he was leaving the field crying after he got out against Zimbabwe today.

  • Syed Shah on March 21, 2007, 20:10 GMT

    I am very sad about all of this situation. I think i agree with all the blog writers. Woolmer was a great man. I just wanted to ask the ICC to investigate the pitch for the Irish match? I have never seen such a green top pitch in oneday unless it was a mistake. yes pakistan lost but the pitch quality was very very poor. after looking at todays game i am certain if pitch was a belter paksitan wouldve made it or if ireland had batted firs same thing would have happened. I wonder what kind of pitch will Windies get if the get into the semis. I doubt it will be the same kind on pitch

  • Dr Binod Aryal/Nepal on March 21, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    Ramiz Raza said'expect drama from Pakistan'before the matches.But it turned out to be a shocking one ..will miss you Bob forever.

  • Atique Siddiqi on March 21, 2007, 13:12 GMT

    Despite of all the critisism that went Woolmer's way, the Pakistani Team made a lot of progress under him. If we forget everything post Oval,we can see that Woolmer instilled a fighting spirit, a never say die attitude in the Pakistani team which i had not seen in any Pakistani team before. There was team unity and everyone knew what their roles were. We were number three in the world in both forms of the game and were in fighting distance of the number two slot. No coach before him was able to achieve this. Someone rightly said that "He was the BEST coach we ever had". Woolmer failure can only be attributed to the disgusting Pakistani mentality and unprofessionalism which has ingrained itself in our culture.

    Salute to Woolmer. Pakistan cricket has lost its greatest supporter. Condolences to Bob's family and i blame all of us, as a nation, for his death. May God bless him and forgive us for the wrong we have done.

    And finally a note to the big three, Inzi, Yousuf and Younis. Apart from everyone else, you three are the ones most resonsible for Pakistan's exit and Bob Woolmer's death. May you find peace of find 'cause i wouldn't.

  • Zee on March 21, 2007, 12:40 GMT

    It took me three days to be mentally strong enough to write again here after the shocked defeat from Ireland & the most unexpected happening of Bob's death. Still, I was not able to find my peace of mind & hence referred to this blog again & share some thoughts.

    At least I have the satisfaction of thanking Bob for everything he tried to achieve for Pakistan team, in his blog during my last visit to his blog a few days ago.

    I really think he was a good man. Not because he is no more with us, but because he was an honest & straight forward person. Some of us including myself may have some reservations on his caoching in recent past, specially regarding Waqar's incidence, but we must not forget a few things: 1- He had very little authority regarding selection etc. Inzi himself admitted that he made all the poor decisions. 2- Pakistan team had been involved in lots of off the field incidents which kept them unfocused & consequently Bob's efforts didnt work. 3- What could he do to players who were not willing to perform well & were not focused enough.

    I had also asked in this blog that he alongwith Inzi should be sacked before world cup. This was due to the fact that he had no powers & whoever had the powers made it sure that Pakistan did not perform well. Inzi's poor decisions & lack of leadership capabilities are to blame.

    Now after latest developments in autopsy report, things have deteriorated further. My sixth sense tells me that Pakistan may lose tonight to Zimbabwe. Their mental state is capable of doing this at present.

    In the end,I think Bob should be burried in Pakistan to pay tribute to his efforts & honesty. He should be given the honour of a national hero & burried in Cricket academy. This way our future cricketers will always remember this worst era in Pakistan cricket history & try their best not to be in this situation ever again.

    It is my humble appeal to the ppl responsible that permission be asked from his family & if possible he should be burried in Pakistan. Maybe we will be able to pay back something for his efforts & honesty.

  • Siddique on March 21, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    What a Sad day in the Cricket History. As a Cricket lover I just want to say that, Pakistan Team should take a break , figure out their stupid internal problems. As far as Bobs Wolmer is concern, What a great man who devoted his entire life to cricket . Pakistan doesn't deserve Bob Wolmer. They are nothing but Bunch of loosers. My heartiest condolence to Bobs family. I think he is now in better place than Pakistan. I rest my case. May your soul rest in peace. "Ameen".

  • Asim Kayani on March 21, 2007, 10:15 GMT

    Unbelievable, shocking, outraged... words can not describe whats happened and happening. I was watching a programme on GEO yesterday which was following Bob Woolmers days as coach was obviously a few years old before paks tour of india. The most moving part I found was when he was asked "Does he miss his family?" and he replied for him the team and each member were like his sons. He had a real affiliation for the team and for Pak cricket. He made a big difference during his life and I sadly hope that his death in a strange way awakens the responsibilities of the team and its administrators to make real and meaningful changes. Bob Woolmer's memory needs to be celebrated within Pakistan in a meaningful way.

    May the great man rest in Peace.

  • Simply We Are Un Professional !!!!!!!!!! on March 21, 2007, 9:11 GMT

    Dear Mr. Kamran Abassi Thanks for giving opportunity to write about this. A Really a Dark Day in Pakistan cricket history defeat from Ireland, quitting of Pakistan's Team from WC 2007 and Most Importantly death of Great Bob Woolmer. Who one could think a man who was wrapping up his laptop in Pakistan's dressing room with great worry ness and hopelessness on his face after the defeat from Ireland would leave this world. Bob May Almighty Allah keeps you soul in heaven and gives patience to your wife and sons for this great loss. When we spoke a word professional about someone. It means this word do have so many hidden characteristics in it about that person so the BOB was. I am cricket lovers and love to see the good professional cricket and playing and watching since the 1991. By giving these comments neither I was emotional nor I was intended to spoke foolish but history of Pakistan's cricket says these are true facts. Bob was a professional man in the group of donkeys except the two are three good players simply. Let's discuss it one by one although it's wastage of time to discuss about UN professional players of team but I would like to discuss it as cricket lover. Let’s take the example of all our World Cup Squad of 2007 team and particularly Hafeez, Younus Khan, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Imran Farahat. I personally believe if a man who didn’t knows cricket or just plays a club cricket, if he got talent of cricket or wanted to do the sincere efforts to improve his cricket. If that person got the chance in international for 2 or 3 years he would definitely improve his ability to play cricket in both bat and bowling in international arena of cricket. But very very sorry to say about our Pak Cricket Team We are the donkeys that can’t be acting lion by wearing the leather of lion flagship of Pakistan colours wearing , can’t improve their playing techniques, feet movement in batting, short selection, inconsistency, pressure absorbance in betting bowling, line and length in bowling, fielding in the ground, bowlers lack of attention in their choice to where to take the fielders, wicket keeping, behaviors and attitudes and many more number of problems. Unfortunately Bob’s professionalism in coaching Pakistan’s team, his sincere devotion and deep interest to improve the Pak team didn’t help us in Pakistan Team to improve our cricket habits we are still once again at same place where we were in 1996 in 1999 and in 2003 followed by the same in 2007 In-consistent in Performance Lack of Interest in the game and conservative in their playing approach Playing with week minds in ground Can’t hold/face pressures in betting & bowling Fielding is non supportive to the bowlers Keeping the habits of leg pulling in team from management to Captain Lack of true leadership & motivation on the part of Captain may be due to Inzi lack of his natural ability to lead & innovation in the match Expert enough to find excuses from the bank of excuses in every lost match like good bowling of oppositions, bouncy & grassy tracks, un even and un predictable pitch, toss was important, weather didn’t support my team, any many more excuse from the excuses bank by the Inzi, For God Sake these are stories which Pakistani Nations won’t listen

    For God Sake PCB for God Sake, We are tired enough now by listen these old and traditional stories from your management and your spoke persons and also from the Team captain in every aspect and matter of cricket.

    But the PCB and Captain should so because simply we are the non professional people, we love nepotism, Simply Non PROFFESSIONAL, nobody can change us; neither could Great BoB Woolmer nor will do even current coach Bunchan of Australia, Javed Miandad, Muddassar Nazar or any other.

    This Hadit Sharif is the people like you (PCB & Cricket Team). Almighty Allah didn’t change the condition of the nation, the nations which didn’t take care to change his condition by himself.

    Once Again Let Suppose the Future Forecasting of same excuses from the excuses bank of Pakistan Cricket Team and PCB in World Cup of 2011,2015,2019 and re-structuring of Pakistan team, domestic cricket, adhoc committee meetings, and many more foolish decisions so on ……………………… It can’t change simply we are Un Professional People!!!!!!!!!

  • Ozzie on March 21, 2007, 7:45 GMT

    Well the latest is that Bob may have been murdered. If this is so than a despicable act as occurred because we in the civilised world do not go around killing our coaches just because we did not win a match, what as now occured is barbaric and not only should the person be punished but from now on the whole team should never be allowed to enter a World Cup event ever again.

  • Sudhanna Dasgupta on March 21, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    It seems that more than the player-book maker nexus, the more probable reason behind the 'suspicious' death of Mr. Bob Woolmer is the fact that Pakistan lost to Ireland and was out of a 45 days World Cup tournament only in their second match and the prospect of an enormous and vindicative backlash at home loomed large for all players - in such a situation, the 'death' of the coach can be a very convenient excuse to defuse the tension and direct the forceof ire of the Pakistani Public away from the poor performance of the team (whether fixed or otherwise). Sounds very far fetched, but the theory can be looked into, given the enormity of the game in the sub-continent and usually 'more' than just ‘national pride’ involved in such championships.

  • omaima on March 21, 2007, 6:26 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Team is not responsible for tragic death of Bob, they say it was a murder, and you cant blame for what happen it was all ment to be

  • Kaleem Asghar on March 21, 2007, 5:44 GMT

    I wish that while playing the last match, the Pakistani cricket team make sure that the really want to tribute to Bob Woolmer by winning the game. Also it would be very nice if they can put a picture of Bob Woolmer on the chair adjacent to his laptop while playing that game. Can somebody pass this to relevant people.


  • j s sidhoo on March 21, 2007, 5:23 GMT

    comon pakistan go after zim bob and your fans dont want to see u with your heads down

  • zaid on March 21, 2007, 1:21 GMT

    I think Sarfraz Nawaz may be rite guys just in Geo TV says Bob Woolmer was murdered possibly poisoned and Sarfraz said before that it may of been some of the ppl that may of betted on the IReland vs. PAk game and out anger they may of done this to Woolmer

  • Kar-Achi Battian on March 21, 2007, 0:23 GMT

    I think the least Pakistan's government can do to pay a heart-felt homage to BOB is to arrange a public STATE FUNERAL. Off course this will require the Bob's family consent but they can be requested to make a breif stop-over (de-route) at Lahore. The National Cricket Academy is the mist appropriate place, where he worked so hard on his passion, mission and vision to make this nation proud.

    We as a nation have an obligation to thank him for his “die-hard” dedication and show our sorry faces for letting him down in so many ways.

  • Naveed on March 20, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Team is responsible for tragic death of Bob. He was the best thing ever happened to our team and he deserved bit long life and an honourable death. Bob had such dignity that even though he wasnt pakistani still he couldnt take this any more. I can imagine him thinking all night long about the defeat against Ireland . All of us are responsible for your death. Slogons of death to woolmer and death to inzi are still in front of my eyes when i saw it on TV. I was disappointed when we lost to Ireland but this news is worse than all. we didnt deserve a coach like him and we killed him in the end. No resignations and no retirements can bring him back. Bob you were the best as a coach and best as a human being. After oval test when i read that he is thinking of quiting i was praying him not to quit. But now i wish he should have quit then, atleast he may have lived longer. Bob, May your soul rest in peace, Ameen.

  • Zuhair on March 20, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    This is a truly sad and sorrow time for us. We all know how good a person bob was and what he did for the team and not to mention the fans and an entire cricketing nation.But we can't get caught up in feeling bad for bob and angry at the players and team. We should take a lesson from this obvious hard slap in the face, i, in my mind, am 110% sure that bob died from the pressures of coaching an impossible, lazy, lacklustered dis-respectful, uneducated bunch of idiots who i no longer have respect for. We should learn from this and anyone reading this should do all in their power to totally reconstruct the look of the team and their thinking, and not to mention the very very corrupt managment of which bob was the more frustrated with than the most hardcore pakistani fan.Living in america it's really hard to stay in touch with cricket and you really have to be a fan to cling on to it, and i cant tell you how frustrating it is to sit here and watch all this. I've read all the reviews and articles concerning us, from the loss to ireland till now about the players, the death of bob, and the allround failures, all i can say is change is desperately needed for everyone: the players the staff, the managment the entire attitude of everyone. And everyone should be doing it and trying their best, they did'nt do it for their adorning fans perhaps they will do it for their most precious fan, the one who always believed in them no matter what or if no one else did.or are they also too proud for that as well? They should, everyone should and to those who dont they should be saying, telling them egging them on: dont do it for me, for you, for anyone, do it for bob, after all he did for you..........DO IT FOR BOB,

  • malhar on March 20, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    i am very shocked with this news...pakistan lost to ireland, tht was something i didnt't even want to look at after they lost, i just wished some idiot players should be kickd out. i mean i wisged for the player but what has this happened. when i read bob as unconsious, i knew something is gonna happen to him but i wanted him to be alive. he was a great guy and a great coach. its true, he hasn't failed, its the pakistani team tht has made it looked fail. but allah put his soul in peace. i wished i could talk to Bob and tell him he good he was and whatever happens i would always like him as a coach. its just i have no words to describe his death, i hope his family sorry and hope they them a good life. and if pakistan really feel sorry for bobs death, they should do something ouit there to prove. now pakistan should not be playing for themselves, but for the coach Bob woolmer. they should realize they have given his death away and hes still looking out there at the team, hoping this team would change someday. this world cup is gone but pakistan should win the next world cup and they have to for the ake of bob. god bless you bob.

  • faryal ahmed uk on March 20, 2007, 23:06 GMT

    i am really very upset by this sudden death. i feel sorry for his family.this will be the great setback for pakistani cricket. Bob was a good coach for Pakistan and he brought a different style of cricket to Pakistan. But unfortunately Pakistani cricket team was nither coped with it nor they are able to go with new styles. i wish to see totally new team now and request the pcb to change each and every member and start the new history for pakistan. May his soul rest in peace.

  • usman sarwar on March 20, 2007, 22:55 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace…

    He was the greatest thing ever to happen to Pakistan Cricket, A sport infested with our inherent incompetence, corrupt bureaucracy in the board, an arrogant disregard of past legends by current players and this godforsaken newfound religious favoritism over preference to talent.

    As a cricket fan, a Pakistani cricket fan.... I am grateful to him for trying his professional and personal best and showing such an enthusiasm for our cricket team…which has sadly been ruined up by its own hierarchy.

    Shine on Bob

  • Adnan on March 20, 2007, 21:09 GMT

    I pray for a day when in (some distant future!) Pakistan team wins the wold cup and dedicates it to Bob Woolmer.

  • azhar on March 20, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    May Allah rest Bob's soul in peace. We are all the reason behind bob's death because we all complained about his tactics and that he wasn't doing a good job with our team. We all kept scolding the poor guy and in the end he just left for good so we won't have anything else to say to him. I am personally very sorry for blaming him for pakistan's demise. I pray to allah to rest his soul in peace.

    The president of our country should have no business with cricket whatsoever. He should worry about running the country first stupid idiot. He shouldn't be making decisions on who should sit at the PCB chairman chair. Get a life mr president and work towards making our country better. Secondly, i blame inzi for screwing up our team by being a dictator. He has absolutely destroyed our team by filling in players that he likes ala RANA and didn't utilize players that are talented such as yasir hameed, salman butt etc. I am glad that inzi is not our captain anymore because i couldn't stand his stupid decisions on the field. He has been one of the greatest batsman ever played but he was also one of the stupidest captain ever played the game. I hope imran khan decides to come into our cricket somehow because he is the only person that can save our cricket.

    RIP bob.

  • ammar on March 20, 2007, 19:31 GMT

    The greatest coach in the history of Pakistan.He was a thorough professional and has a great man. I feel really sorry for his family.He sacrificed his life for this game of cricket. But I felt sad that his skills and hard work was wasted on this stupid Pakistan Cricket team.Honestly speaking,the present PCB and Pakistan cricket team is responsible of his tragic and untimely death. May Allah Almighty bless him

  • Javed Malik , Islamabad on March 20, 2007, 19:25 GMT

    These are the worst times one can think of in Pakistan cricket and the demise of great Bob Woolmer have made them unforgettable forever. Who would now agree to work with us? We such a demanding nation where the likes of Javed Minadad, Imran Khan and Sarfaraz Nawaz criticised Bob like endless time never giving him credit for any thing he achieved on the tours of India, Srilanka, England and number of home series. Imran does not remember that had 1992 world cup played on the formate of 2007, his team was also already out of the competeition. Pakistan then had lost consecutively three matches and than won another five to clinch the world cup. Bob brought in the team and its thinking that necessery calmn and composure which had started paying off had we had a slightly better and stable board and a savy captain. In the presence of volatile performance by Younas Khan, however, did we have any options of capataincy in the team? The fundamental flaws in Pakistan cricket and almost ungroomed lot of boys eventually have taken the life of a great coach and a very sincere soul. I salute you Bob as an average Pakistani and thankful to you for being able to work with us and give you life in the line of duty. May you ever rest in peace. I can never forget you.

  • Akbar Saleem on March 20, 2007, 19:06 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was the most creative coach pakistan's ever had. He'd be sorely missed. During his tenure, pakistan never lost a home test series, and played a pivotol role in developing players like younis khan, shoaib malik, kamran akmal and shahid afridi. Its a pity that because of an ineffecient system in pakistan, woolmer had to take all the blame

  • Mashood Yunus on March 20, 2007, 17:14 GMT

    Tributes to this great man, Life goes on, we have lost before but without Bob Woolmer, our cricket passion will never be same again. being a household name, he was so much of family member through part of our conversation due to his diaries, website and great personality. He had shown the passion for pakistan cricket which we, fans, show usually. Life will have a void, many ppl pass away but it feels so strange since you left....

  • wasim on March 20, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    i dont know what to says but its really shocking to heard about Bob death ,, i think izi shouldn't leave pakistan team now this is not the right time to leave young guys like this i knew he got alot of experince from Bob so he should share that with remain team also anyway Bob we will miss you always when ever we see pakistan group pic and you will be not in that , thanks Bob

  • Pakistan Cricket Lover on March 20, 2007, 16:31 GMT

    Bob Woolmer needs to ordained a saint in Pakistan Cricket. With the permission of his family he need to be rest in peace in Pakistan. Right next to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Stadium needs to be named after him and a Mazaar needs to be set up. He should be referred to as Pir Sahib Woolmer Sharif. Inzimam needs to be a Majawar at the darbar. All Pakistani cricketers should write Mein Naukar Woolmer Sarkar De on their cars. Shoaib can be the gaadi nasheen at the darbar. Everytime a young inspiring criketer needs to get into the national team he should go be told "ja bacha woolmer sarkar par chaadar charha". Well is this not the state of our cricket now. We have pirs in our cricket. What have the the selectors done for us? What has PCB done to promote the game in the country. Kids still play with tape tennis on the roads and dream of winning a world cup. I played with tape tennis, kirmich and haadi ball. I think there are a lot of us out their. We were never coached but we learned from the british or austarlian tv programmes that udsed to air on PTV on Fridays once in a while. Please make this game professional and do not hurt the pride of a Nation. Yes in my mind Bob Woolmer is a hero for Pakistan and needs to be respected. Name a Stadium after him and follow his approach to the game and we will get somewhere.

  • Y Abbas on March 20, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    My heart goes out for his family but perhaps Bob will be best remembered as one of the world's leading coaches. He embraced innovation and was at the forefront of many new developments in the game.

    He lived for cricket and died for cricket, and showed he was loyal to the game.

  • farhat syed on March 20, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    This is the collective punishment to our coruupt and unthankfull nation. Mr Robert Bob Wolmar has given his life for the game of cricket and when I see peoples reaction about his untimely death it makes me more proud of him. It's not the cricket team who killed him but the stupid so called fans. At the end I demand from pakistan cricket board to honour him and give one of the cricket stadium his name that everybody can remember what he has done for cricket. and leave the cricketers alone they have done many beautiful things for pakistan cricket instead ask forgiveness from God for unjustice in Pakistan. May God rest him in peace, and I m sure He will InshaAllah

  • Hrishi on March 20, 2007, 15:01 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's passing away is indeed a big blow for the cricketing fraternity as a whole. He was so innovative, and I firmly believe that he had a lot more to offer to the game. In all his interviews he always came across as a very keen student of the game. His opinions were valued by fans all over the world.

    I will forever remember my last memory of him on a cricket ground - him packing up his laptop after Pakistan's tragic loss to the Irish.

  • Hamed Afridi - Dubai UAE on March 20, 2007, 14:31 GMT

    Sitting at home, watching TV, surfing channels, BREAKING NEWS read all news channels. "Bob Woolmer Died in his Hotel Room hours after.....". No doubt it came as a great shock to me and my family. We could not believe what we were looking at. The team saw many Ups and Downs, but this undoubtedly will be the biggest loss to both Pakistan and the Cricket World. Woolmer, I believe was to Pakistan what a Father is to his son. I wouldn't mind seeing the Pakistani Team being eliminated from the face of the Cricket World, but to have seen Woolmer alive today. For the past two days I have opened the newspaper daily, only to read articles on Woolmer. The more I read, the more it saddens me. I am so shocked that even while writing this comment I cant stop thinking of the things that would be going through his mind in the last few moments of his life. He will really be missed. I would like to send my condolences to his wife and two sons. Pakistan will always be proud to have a coach like Bob Woolmer. A Great Leader, a Great Human Being. May ALLAH rest his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

  • Shahan Durrani on March 20, 2007, 14:08 GMT

    Kamran, even though Mr. Khalid Durrani complains about his blogs not being posted, I honestly think this one should not have been posted either. I understand that we are all devasted after losing Woolmer, it is tragic event, I have always been one of Woolmer's staunch advocates, However, we shoudl realise that ppl like inzi, yusuf and younis, who mr. khalid durrani so conveniently blames for woolmer's death and wants to put to trial, deserve more respect. Yes I am devastated and angry at our team's performance, but at times lyk these why do we all forget about the hundreds of matches that these players have won for us?? Inzi is one of the greatest players ever in the history, Yusuf is definitely on his way of achieving the same status and respect as Inzi and Younis is also an integral part of the team. I agree that they have failed in the recent months, but one cannot deny their abilities and services for pakistan cricket. I'm sure Mr. Khalid Durrani cheered inzi hundreds of times whn he was on his way to securing a match for pakistan, he would also have been cheering yusuf who broke the test runs record last year, then why do people forget the achievements of such players when they lose? Its just sad.. thats all I can say.. what does a man have to do to earn respect around here?? When they'r doing well, every1's on their side.. and as soon as they start failing, ppl doubt their abilities, their commitment. We shoudl realise that the players are probably more hurt than any of us writing blogs on here since they were the ones who played, they know they let us down during the match, and they are the ones who spent most of the last three years living with Bob.. honestly.. I think Mr. Khalid Durrani fails to realise these facts, is acting on impulse and not logical reasoning. It's about time we started acting mature about such issues, respect our players, afterall, they have done more for paksitan than any of us writing on here. No matter how the team performed, Bob always had faith in them, I think we should learn from that as well. I am sorry if i hurt any1's feelings with my comments, but i guess ppl should be considerate towards our players as well, and respect them for what they have done, respect them for playing the world cup even after numerous management blunders that Nasim ashraf and other officials caused. I sincerely pray for Bob's soul, and his family.

  • inqlabi on March 20, 2007, 13:35 GMT

    Pakistani team is not responsible for Bob Woolmers death. Its the sbina park pitch and conspiracy of international level including ICC and Westindies cricket board. Why they turn deaf ears to Bob woolmers protests against the pitch. Pakistan should not let ICC to run away with this

  • Hasan Ali on March 20, 2007, 12:51 GMT

    R.I.P Bob.May god bless your soul.

  • ahmed rana on March 20, 2007, 10:24 GMT

    Thank you Kamran, for yet another insightful article. Like many others who have expressed their views here, I was really shocked to learn about Bob Woolmer's death. Although unexpected, as a Muslim, I understand that it was his time to go. What is sad are the circumstances in which he died. A supposedly talented team considered by many as dark horses for the World Cup let their coach down badly. The shamobolic way in which Pakistani cricket is run handicapped the way Bob wanted to go about his job.

    To his eternal credit Bob Woolmer persevered and stuck at the job. Yes, he made mistakes, but nobody's perfect, and he was big enough to own up to them, and he was always looking for ways to improve himself and the team around him.

    My own memories of him, will be of a genial, approachable man, but one who was fiercely determined to get the best out of all those around him, as well as himself. To those 'idiots' in the cities of Pakistan calling for his sacking, be ashamed of yourselves and hang your heads in shame. there is more to life than cricket. As Bob himself said after the Ireland match 'it's only a game'.

    My deepest condolences and sympathies go out to Bob's wife and children.

    You will be sorely missed Bob, and not just by the cricketing world. You will be sorely missed by the average cricket fan like me, who believed in you and your ability to get the best out of the teams you coached. Farewell, and rest in peace.

  • Ash from India on March 20, 2007, 10:23 GMT

    My deepest condolences for Bob's near and dear! The biggest mistake he did was to coach Pak team, who are a bunch of talented nomadics.

    Before it was spine-chilling to watch a PAK match esp. against India(cause they always fight back tremendously..) but now its a depleted team...

    All fun of an India vs. PAK on April 15th is gone... :-( Greg Chappel I think should also be sacked for INDIA's "great" performance against Bangladesh and i hope Guru Greg learns something from Bob(passion for his job).

  • Hilary Reynolds on March 20, 2007, 10:09 GMT

    This news is devastating. He took South African cricket tremendously far and where we are now is in great part due to him. But he benefitted not only South African cricket, but the associate countries as well. He was on of the heroes of the modern game. The irony is that he may well have died as a result of it.

    Rest well. Cricket is poorer without you and may God hold your family in the palm of His hand until the pain lessens. (As it will.)

  • SHAFQAT HUSSAIN on March 20, 2007, 9:18 GMT



  • Mohammed Iqbal on March 20, 2007, 6:08 GMT

    The tragic death of Bob Woolmer came at a sad turn in the history of Pakistan Cricket. Bob would be remembered as an innovative coach who developed altogether a different approach.

  • Harish on March 20, 2007, 5:56 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am really shocked that Bob woolmer died because of cricket setback. I always admired his coaching and during his coaching days with SA and after exit of john Wright, I had a secret desire that he should be coach of India. After all India was his birth place. Alas that was not to be. I don't know that is happening to pakistan cricket, first forfieted test, then dope and now tragic death due to elimination during world cup. All this is too much to take.Pakistan should take a break for few months from all forms of cricket. We are all affected by this. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Mufti Wajid on March 20, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    My condolenses to Bob's family. Wat a shock.. we will miss him.. He was a great coach and a thorough professional.. Still love him...

  • A Pakistani on March 20, 2007, 5:27 GMT

    I didn't want to waste my time to comment on anything associated with PCB that is a real drama and looking like "Pakistan Cancer Board" or "Pakistan Corruption Borad" rahter than Cricket Board. But when i saw PCB Officals doggy slogans my heart weeps. Now PCB officals declared the dramatic statment once again i.e We are calling Ad-Hoc Committe on 31st March at Lahore after the World Cup 2007 winning arrival of Pakistani Cricket Team. Please let the Pakistan Fans know, What the Adhoc committe did since the 1996 world cup defeat. PCB has spent millions dollors Rupees in the last 10 years on their own managment, administration and definitiely on Frauds. But the question mark ????? is where are the Pakistani Cricket team openers, is yet Pakistan is waiting there is still a time needed in their borning. WoW WoW great policy of PCB to eat the money of Pakistani nation. PCB Managment is Killers of Pakistani Nation's emotions. But i would like to appreciate the PCB & it's Managment and Pakistani Cricket Team Captain who maintained the at least the old tradations and good policy of resignations after defeat of Cricket team. This is the good approach and policy, lose the match and tournament, eat the money, spent good time with enjoyment, play with nation emotions, favour your relatives, enjoyed your deginations and powers to do fair or illegals (nobody will ask you) and after that say simply, we are sorry we take the responsibilty that we lost the World Cup 2007. WoW good good. There is no accoutabilty why it's occured who is responsible for this. Because managment is under the shadow of Army simply. We encounterd with Oval test problem in 2006, we encounterd and creat doping related issues, captiancy issues and now the world cup defeat, these are the normal issues for PCB management because we are managing "Guli Danda Local Club" or "Multan Cricket Club". So it's don't matter or important. Good Good PCB very Good :)))). Pakistan Nation Slautes You on Your Honoured Achivements. I personally fan of " Dr.Naseem Ashraf" who wanted to give a pride to Pakistan in the World by executing the doping test of cricket team and by exclusion of Shoaib & Asif in ICC Trophy 2006. Dr. Naseem you really did very well in handling this matter. If you wanted to be famous in the World you should simply join any film as Willian becuse you looks humour acter more than an organizational man. Who gave you the authority to handle these matters like so. Good Good. I apologize from you personally if my nation of Pakistan has committed any error or mistake, i apologize from you and your PCB managment on behalf of whole nation. Please don't do the drama once again on 31st March in Ad-hoc committe becuase result would be similar in 2011, 2015 and so on .......... in Pakistan Crikcet, and pleaser go to your homes and do your own work. How you can be capable in handling the Pakistan cricket as sports and issues even you had played a cricket in your school time. Has the Head Master or Principal of that school given any license to you to operate PCB. Who Gave you the right to degrades the respect of former cricket player who sacrificed their life for the pride of their Pakistan & sport. This is the good logic to say i saw Mushtaq Ahmed he has more cricket sense i felt like this o i appointed him as Assistant coach. Mr. Naseem Sb. You proved by committing this act, there is no criteria in PCB for hiring and no policy followed whenever where ever any person looks good (which was sometime ago wasn't good for Pakistan Cricket)just hire him and remove the capable person from this job(waqar yunus) What you have done for Pakistan, did you fight the War of 1965 or 1971 i don't think so but definitely you enjoyed the eating lot in the army. Please manage the army or do rest at your home. I am sorry for the PCB and Only Could Pray to Almighty Allah Please Saves from these Snakes who are Cutting the Roots of Pakistan.

  • Nadeem Hasan on March 20, 2007, 5:22 GMT

    I am very happy so see the enormous outpouring of condolences from Pakistani cricket fans--it makes me proud. While I can understand some people being very disgusted with Pakistan's performance at the World Cup, I think comments such as "Bob's talents were wasted on Pakistanis" obliterates his accomplishments and success with the Pakistani team. Give the man his due.

    It would be a nice gesture by the PCB to honor Bob Woolmer in some way. I never liked the name National Stadium--Bob Woolmer Stadium sounds better.

  • Hemant on March 20, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    Really a sad thing to happen.

    I also appreciate pak fans for placing the defeat on backseat and showing lot of respect and affection towards Bob. Lets hope the players also follow the fans...

  • ali a on March 20, 2007, 3:09 GMT

    It was one sad news after another on Pakistan's loss to Ireland, but not as shocking as the tragic death of Bob Woolmer.

    Its sad that he left on a sad note and would be remembered like that. Sadly its PCB mgmt that contributed a lot towards Pakistan's defeat. Its time that we learn from this tragedy and avoid the steps that brought shame to Pakistani cricket and caused their coach's death.

    Bob was a good coach for Pakistan and he brought a different style of cricket to Pakistan. But unfortunately Pakistani cricket system did not give too much opportunity.

    May his soul rest in peace. I think Pakistan should play their last match with all the spirit to pay tribute to Bob and also leave the cup on a sad but clean note.

  • Zaheer Gorsi on March 20, 2007, 1:31 GMT

    I have never been as saddened as I did with the demise of Bob. He was gem of a person who sacrificed his life for a team and nation which was not worthy of it.

  • Waqas Khan on March 19, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    I am really shocked, and really sad. Bob Woolmer will be missed for ever. The best coach ever and a great man. May his soul rest in peace Ameen

  • Adnan in London on March 19, 2007, 22:13 GMT

    Bob earned his dual Nationality, and died serving. What a loss, he will be remembered when ever we talk about Pakistan Cricket.He taught us how to play and compete modern cricket. May his Soul rest in Peace.

  • khalid durrani on March 19, 2007, 21:52 GMT

    Kamran, I dont understand that why you never post my comments. Hoeever, it was very unfortunate to loose such a nice human being. It exhibits his emotional attachment with the team and his job. He has shown a path to the cricketers that his coaching was not for the money but for the honor. All our shameless cricketers should learn from his sacrifice. If it was to me I will put on trial the few so called greats of the present day cricket like Younas Khan, Yousaf, Inzi and Shoab Malik for causing humiliation and death to such a upright person. This is the way people sacrifise for 'Izzat' not the way Inzi did in Oval last year. An other way to honor him would be to sack present PCB and all these cricketrs and make a new team from young and educated lot and new Pakistan cricket team should always be named as Bob Woolmer XI. Khalid Durrani USA

  • kamran on March 19, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    he was a great man and a great coach

  • ARZaidi on March 19, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Bob Woolmer, we Pakistanis salute u. You tried ur best but u had a captain who failed to unite a team. We had a team who could not play like a unit. It was not ur fault, it was more a fault of our captain, our players and selection committee. You tried ur best but they failed miserably. We r angry with them but not with you anymore. We r so grieved at ur untimesly death. It has saddened us more than our defeat in the World Cup. You deserved to live more but God desired something else for u. We Pakistanis pray that may your soul rest in peace. Amen

  • Abdullah khan, N.Y on March 19, 2007, 21:19 GMT

    Condolences to Bob's family and the rest of the pakistan cricket fans as Bob woolmer was like family to the cricket team. Bob was an honourable man and died with honour worrying about his team and i bet if he was alive everyone here would criticize him and bring him down. Loosing is a part of the "GAME", its no war i think we should just take it easy on our team and let them do their jobs according to their abilities and not expect them to win every game regardless of the fact that they were beaten by the Irish. I guess it was their day and not pakistan's.

  • hafeez jamali on March 19, 2007, 20:43 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was a dedicated coach and a great man who demonstrated his passion for cricket with the ultimate sacrifice, his life. I extend heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and may Almighty give them the strength to bear his loss with patience. He exemplified what some people in Pakistan call a sense of honor: one only wishes the rest of cricket establishment in Pakistan could take a leaf out of his book, especially the Chairman PCB, and at least make a pretense of tendering their resignations. It is a great loss to the cricketing world and an even greater loss to Pakistan cricket. One wishes the Pakistani government could acknowledge his contribution to the country by honoring him at an appropriate forum.

  • Venu on March 19, 2007, 20:41 GMT

    I know this is quite late, but what a shame! A tragic death, one that will always be associated with the disaster of this Pakistan team of the year past. My sincere condolences to friends and family of Bob, including the Pakistan team.

  • qaisar sheikh on March 19, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    its really hard to come out of it. i being a cricket lover is so much devastated by this news, what would be the team's feeling, the people who lived whole 3 years together and no one heared any thing among them excepet unity excepet shoaib's mater who himslef was looking thrashed after getting this news. my deep hearted condolences to his family and want to say them though it means to you people alot but believe me its never lesser to us. we loved him and we will love you people always bcoz ur head gave his life for us. we will love you always BOB.

  • Rehan Khan on March 19, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    To echo everyone else, this is truly a tragedy. Spare a moment to think of his family, to lose a husband and a father in a far away land, who literally gave his life for a bunch of idiots - both the team and the country - who never appreciated what he gave us. To so many, he was only a "gora" - what interest and passion could he possibly have for Pakistan ? Well, you bunch of sorry, misguided, incompetent fools, now you have your answer. He cared about our team and the game far more than anyone before or since Imran Khan has.

    For a while, there was a glimmer of hope, at Mohali when Razzaq and Kamal saved us, at Karachi, when they saved us again. There was some hope that maybe, possibly, just possibly, Pakistan were actually playing like a team, not a bunch of has-been prima donnas. There was a candle, that always threatened to turn into a beacon, but ultimately, like so many that have gone before, was extinguished by the relentless Pakistani psyche, the scheming, the intrigue of the self-centered bunch of fools that call themselves a cricket team and a cricket board. To the team and the PCB, go and drown yourselves in the muck of Montego Bay - maybe you don't even deserve that.

    Coaching Pakistan was always going to be impossible, especially with our paranoia and conspiracy theory about foreigners. But Bob dared to hope, to chase the impossible dream, that somehow he could, by giving so much of himself, turn Pakistan's potential into performance. And for a while, he made us dare to dream too.... for that Bob, we thank you. Too little, too bloody late, but we thank you nevertheless.

    God Bless you Bob and may your soul rest in peace.

  • A CRICKET FAN on March 19, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    i am sadened by Bob's death. He will be deeply missed.

  • Adnan on March 19, 2007, 19:46 GMT


    The entire Pakistan nation feels sorry for you. Our team let you dow. May you rest in peace.


  • Imran Akram on March 19, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    Bob's departure is a much bigger loss than Pakistan's defeat. A very very socking & sudden accident which has made the whole nation not just me very sad and grief.

  • Ali Rizwan on March 19, 2007, 19:29 GMT

    Would anybody believe Bob is died instead of any Pakistani person? Before his death, nobody trusted on his sincerity, loyalty or willingness towards improvement of pakistan's cricket, but he showed by his death that what type of person he was.

    Unlimited salutes to him

  • Mark Farrell on March 19, 2007, 19:26 GMT

    A truely remarkable person and i hope you rest in peace. I hope that Pakistan Cricket can pick thenselfs up from these difficult times and return to the top where thay belong. I hope that Pakistan can rebuild a team for the next world cup and win which would be what Bob would want.

    Mark Farrell Port Glasgow Scotland

  • Sav on March 19, 2007, 19:16 GMT

    To Bobs family - sincere condolences - the cricket world shares your grief.

    Bob was without a shadow of a doubt the best thing that could have happened to Pakistan Cricket and the best coach they have had BY FAR.

    For the first 2 years of his stint when he masterminded our victories over England and India at home he showed the world how the team could become if they were properly developed and motivated. Bob was behind this, and no one else in that dressing room could have achieved this without Bob being there.

    There was a song written by a Pakistani pop group Junoon dedicated to Imran Khan's carer, yet it seems even more apt for 'Uncle Bob':

    One man, one vision, and a burning ambition.

    May Allah bless your soul.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 19, 2007, 19:09 GMT

    Setting emotions aside, I would die for Pakistan and do anything for my country. I take pride in being called a Pakistani. BUT if the Pakistani government or the respective authorities fail to honor Bob with a state funeral or an honorary citizenship or the very least, renaming of the Qaddafi stadium after him, I will be ashamed to call myself one. Kamran, I along with the ENTIRE STUDENT BODY here at LUMS, request you to please convey our sentiments to PCB or whoever has the authority to implement such an action. Please honor him and his family. That is the least we can do for people that have supported and loved our country in precarious and troubled times. Please.

    I would also like to share this anecdote with you.

    Being a die hard cricket fan and a regular on Bob’s website, it was an honor for me to read the replies he would send me. He wrote back on a number of occasions to several inane questions that I would regularly throw at him: p…Once, when the Pakistani cricket team lost to Australia…I wrote saying, “I am insane for getting up at 4 in the morning to support THIS team. I resent myself for doing so” to which Bob replied and I quote, “Learn to support your country son. They try their best. Never give up on Pakistan.”

    I still have that mail..I will treasure those words for the rest of my life. ..

  • Lakshan on March 19, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    As a Jamaican. would say 'wazz da worry maan.. 'tis o'ly a game. don' tak it a too hart. Jus try to cool'

    It is amazing how the posts here oscillate between sadness towards a demised and hatred towards the living. It seems like the great Bob Woolmer is now praised only because he 'gave his life' for Pakistan's cause. And still, after all this shocking event of Bob Woolmers death, the heads of the living players (who are greats of the game, but happened to not perform to their best potential in one game) are called for with hatred. I presume, all of you who post their comments ARE individuals who have some common sense. This is only a game. It is a heart breaking loss. But, it is still only a game. Learn to celebrate in victory and be supportive of your team at defeat. And to Kamran Abbasi - Practice journalism with more responsibility. You should know better not not to fuel vengeance and hatred within a already emotional people for your bread and butter.

  • Imran on March 19, 2007, 18:58 GMT

    Pakistan's Greatest Coach Ever : Coach Woolmer, A Fallen Hero of Pakistan

    After the supper and talk--after the day is done, As a friend from friends his final withdrawal prolonging, Good-bye and Good-bye with emotional lips repeating, (So hard for his hand to release those hands--no more will they meet, No more for communion of sorrow and joy, of old and young, A far-stretching journey awaits him, to return no more,) Shunning, postponing severance--seeking to ward off the last word ever so little, E'en at the exit-door turning--charges superfluous calling back-- e'en as he descends the steps, Something to eke out a minute additional--shadows of nightfall deepening, Farewells, messages lessening--dimmer the forthgoer's visage and form, Soon to be lost for aye in the darkness--loth, O so loth to depart! Garrulous to the very last.

  • Usman on March 19, 2007, 17:46 GMT

    I feel terribly sick,

    R I P Bob Woolmer,,

    Thoughts are with the family,

    We pakistani's wasted his talents,

  • Reehan on March 19, 2007, 17:05 GMT

    Thank you Bob for the great moments of joy you brought to me as fan of pak cricket. I will miss you very much. On this very sad occassion I hope the Pak team will not forget the things you taught them; to build upon your legacy as a truly wonderful cricket coach/player and warm and honourable man. God bless you. Reehan.

  • jt on March 19, 2007, 17:02 GMT

    It's amazing that the same people in just one blog entry earlier were asking for Woolmer's head are now besides themselves with grief. This is the schizophrenic face of South Asian cricket. A coach has to work with the players given to him. Was it ever Woolmer's fault that he had to work with an imbecile as a captain? That he had to deal with selections that defied logic. Through it all he worked with grace and good humor.

    And now the inevitable long knives have been drawn against Pakistan cricket. That fool, Richard Phybus, has said in a Times interview that the Pakistan job (coach) is the toughest in the world. Does he think coaching India (where your life and property is in danger if you fail), Sri Lanka (midst of a civil war), West Indies (we ain't got no money and what we have we're not giving to you), England (we're not very good but we have high expectations and our press will hound you) are easier jobs?

    Tragic though it is you can't blame Pakistan cricket for Woolmer's untimely demise.

  • mahesh kumar on March 19, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    it's sad to hear the passing of bob woolmer.the cricket world has lost one of the best cricket history.its difficult to coach the pakistan team.but he did his job extremely and he broke all the hurdles in his ay.he is the guy who made the south african team has a strong force in the world.really its sad to hear this deepest condolence to the woolmer family

  • oneMK on March 19, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    Thank you Bob. You were a great coach. The pakistani team weren't simply good enough to benefit from your talent and hard work, unlike south africa and Warwickshire. May you rest in peace. Thank you for what you brought to the world of cricket. We will remember you for ever

  • Fahad on March 19, 2007, 16:31 GMT

    First of all cricket has lost a major part of itself. I would like to say that when Pakistan play the game against Zimbabwe they go out on the field honoring a man who coached in the world hardest place to coach. I believe instead of having players name on the shirts each shirt should say "WOOLMER" I know it isnt enough, but it will be a simble of how much he meant to the team. Bob dealt with the harshest media and unfortunatley some very cruel fans, it is understandable for fans to be mad, but I believe sometimes fans should realize that a game is a game after the day is over.

  • nasir on March 19, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    May Bob's soul rest in peace. Frankly he tried his best and but could not resist the team's and nation's now periodic cyclic returns to shambles.

    Pakistan is a difficult team to coach and he was preceded bu Intokhab Alam, Miandad thrice and Mudassar Nazar to name a few. At least he stuck out longer than them.

    I guess it will also mean that no foreign coach will ever take over the reigns in Pakistan and I guess this is the beginning of more in fighting amongst the team players.

  • Ayesha KM on March 19, 2007, 16:21 GMT

    The whole world is witness to Bob Woolmer's credentials for being a great coach. Noone can malign that b/c there would be plenty around the world to defend that. Deepest condolences to his wife and kids. Our thanks to him for putting up with losers like pakistan's cricket team and specially PCB.

    PCB is to blame for Bob's death and Nasim Ashraf, and specifically Wasim Bari should resign immediately. If they don't then they must be FIRED from their positions disgracefully immediately.

    Look at the example of England's vice capt being striped from his position after a late night drinking session. And look at our Pakistan's PCB, we went thru series of LIES and SHIT to protect Shoaib Akhtar and M.Asif. What a contrast - We believe in protecting the WRONGS instead of being professionals.

    Then look at what happened to Waqar, again watching PCB representatives on TV was devastating. Their views and comments depicted their arrogance and it was so obvious that they were sitting there and LYING. They didn't have answers atall... Now they are answerable to the nation and I am sure they will not have an answer to why is Younis Khan the vice captain. He has not even earned the respect of the team and that is quite apparent. He is not even performing - and lets be clear it is well known that he has the PAWWA of Mr. President and his wife. WOW we so professional. I am ashamed of being a pakistani when I see this kind of unfairness around the world.

    The bottomline of anything should be based on RIGHTS & WRONGS. There is no greater example of it than what England just did to their vice captain. I can't explain it better than this example.

    M. Yousuf gave so much to this country when he brokes records - what an achievement and what a performance. Look at what PCB did to him. He truly deserved to be the vice captain. He is humble, respected and honoured by players. That is what is required. PCB took away his dreams... PCB does not do anything on merit... that is devastating for anybody who wants to achieve something. The whole world talks about Human Resource Management and that REWARDS should be related to performance but unfortunately in PCB, rewards are related to your relations. It is obvious, we'll never be able to produce quality b/c everybody would always be demotivated. The ones with PAWWA won't need to perform, as they'll know they'll get somewhere. END RESULT: what we have.

    And lets look at some of our most classy players like Wasim Akram, who disgraced the whole nation being the captain and being involved in MATCH FIXING. PCB still protects him. He does not deserve to be respected. He should have been disgraced infront of the whole nation for his mistakes. It left pakistan cricket nowhere. What a sad occasion to see an unprofessional Wasim Akran still being protected.

    What did PCB do to people who were sincere to our nation, Amir Sohail and Rashid Latif.... What a shame and how utterly begairat our PCB is. We spoiled the career of the BEST opener of the world Mr. Amir Sohail. Shame after shame and still PCB does not have the courage to resign from their posts. No sense of responsibility what so ever. Look at Bob Woolmer, during the press conference he apologized to our nation, feeling the responsibility of his role. PCB head should resign being the HEAD of PCB. The job and role he has means that he is responsible for any failure under him. But honour and responsibility are two things UNPROFESSIONALS know nothing about.

    SHAME ON YOU WASIM BARI!!! SHAME ON THE SELCTORS!!! SHAME ON NASIM ASHRAF!!! SHAME ON MR. PERVEZ MUSHARRAF for letting the unprofessional attitude continue as it suited him!!!

  • Mahera Rahman Abbas on March 19, 2007, 15:55 GMT

    Pakistan lost an internationally well respected coach in Bob Woolmer. His attachment to the Pakistan team and country is evident by him taking the team's devastating loss to heart.

    Pakistan team needs to regroup under a new captain, a new coach, and a new PCB Chairman. They need to learn to be a team on and off the field. It was apparent from the team lunches/breakfasts that there are several groups within the Pakistan team. The team needs someone who can create bridges so the team can play better represent Pakistan on the field.

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    May God Bless Woolmer's soul.

    I have my deepest condolences for his family and thanks to them for letting such a person serve the world.

    I always regarding him in the highest esteem and argued with many. Though I was disappointed in the way we went out of the worldcup and how he was not able to influence the outcome.

    But regardless of the that one blip, he was more a Pakistani than any we have seen in recent times. What a man and its a shame that he is no longer with us. He should never have taken this to his heart, but then he was Bob and cricket was his life and he just cannot escape his inability to change the mindset of the team.

    I hope that Pakistan will honor him with a honory citizenship and whenever cricket is written or talk, Bob will always be remembered as the best there was and there will be. His legacy is not only difficult to beat but entirely impossible to repeat.

    A great man, leader, consoler, encourager who is no longer with us and I assure that Pakistan will always miss him and it will not be the same without him...

  • Kaier Mukhtar on March 19, 2007, 14:44 GMT

    Its a day of great sadness as i read the news early this morning. its such a PITY that we lost an honest person named Bob woolmer who couldn't bear the sight of losing Pak self destructive heroes. May his soul rest in peace. Goodbye to Bob.

  • Waseem Ahmad on March 19, 2007, 14:30 GMT

    Bob Woolmer showed whats love. He showed what's attcahment and sincerity. He was committed to his cause, and the team should now realise what's in the hearts of the people when their teams loose like this. Offcourse our's is not the team who will realise. They have their own problems which they keep above their resposnsibilities.

  • Majid Kazmi on March 19, 2007, 14:09 GMT

    A sad loss for the cricketing world and judging by the number of e-mails sent in, a genuine heartfelt anguish at the untimely death of Bob Woolmer. It is reassuring that a large proportion of the pakistani and ex-patriate community supported Bob Woolmer and recognise how much he did for Pakistan Cricket. This reality was never obvious due to the media exposure given to his detractors. A lot of what has been said already makes good sense and one hopes that the PCB and Govt. of Pakistan responds appropriately. My opinion for what its worth is the following.

    1. Cricket is only a game. 2. Politics should have no role in the running of cricket. Long term planning is not possible when determined by individuals with short term aspirations. 3. Education is vital. All academies should have an educational component with learning of the universal language of English mandatory. With education comes a sense of responsibility, accountability, adaptability and the ability to influence others. 4. Pakistan cricket needs real leadership but who could take it on? Most ex-players either demonstrably do not have the skills ( Miandad is a prime example) or are too fixed in their views and autocratic (Imran Khan). Rameez Raja has the right attributes but sensibly I suspect would rather not get involved with the PCB again. 5. Cricket at the highest level is not just about Talent. Increasingly it is about attitude, mental strength and self sacrifice for the good of the Team when required. This requires professionalism and a willingness to adapt and listen. This is much more difficult to achieve without education leading back to my earlier point.

    The future looks Bleak for Pakistan Cricket at present and this latest tragedy just caps an annus horribilis.

    Condolences to the Woolmer family.

    I do Hope that Pakistan commemorate his contribution to the country in some positive way and beating Zimbabwe comprehensively would be a start.

  • Abid on March 19, 2007, 14:06 GMT

    Bob R.I.P. - You meant so much and we will miss you greatly. May Allah grant your nearest and dearest courage to overcome your loss.

  • Sohail on March 19, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    Its really really very tragic for pak to abosrb two sad news ie first pak out of world cup then death of woolmer. every body does mistakes and same here inzi and woolmer did some mistakes but the reason of out of the tournament is not because of inzi and woolmer it is because of 11 playing team players and by showing ethics everyone has to be accept his mistake. my condolences are with woolmer family

  • kashif aftab on March 19, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    My deepest condolences to Bob's family, it is a very sad day for cricket lovers. He was perhaps on e of the greatest coaches ever to coach cricket.

    And to pakistan cricket, maybe someone should remind our country's president about the age old truman saying that "the buck stops here". Maybe this will wake him up to his responsibilities to cricket in our country and make him realize how his bad decisions with the way cricket is run in this country has contributed to the passing away of a good man with stress.

    May he rest in peace, he was perhaps the best coach we could have have had.

  • Mahmood Syed, Bangladesh on March 19, 2007, 13:45 GMT

    Coaches like Bob Woolmer and Dav Whatmore are true citizens of world cricket. I was devastated by the death of young Bangladeshi test spinner Manjural Islam in a road accident last week. Bob's death is another body blow. His legacy should not go in vain. Innovation and professionalism were his middle names. His commitment for Pakistan cricket was starkly demonstrated by his sudden death. I support the idea that the cricket academy in Pakistan should be named after Bob Woolmer.

  • Irfan Sair - from DXB on March 19, 2007, 13:43 GMT

    Bob Woolmer! The greatest, greatest coach of the era, truly devoted to the game of cricket and to the cricket of pakistan, his demise has proved that how much he cared and how much he was sincere to pakistan cricket but unfortunately he had to deal with some uneducated and uncivilized players who were never be good learners. Bob couldn't bare all the hard work he did on them in last four years and all went in vain in less than 100 overs. A message for PCB, the top order batsmen are to be blamed for this tragedy hence they don't deserve to be playing cricket anymore. PCB should put life ban on them and if PCB is unable to do so then my wish for them is that they shoud have the same fate what Bob got which he never deserved but PCB management truly deserves that. BOB you will always be missed, may his soul RIP.

  • Vidhu Balakrishnan on March 19, 2007, 13:29 GMT

    It's really sad to read that Bob Woolmer is no more.Whether he succeeded in taking Pakistan to greater heights I do not know.He would have been as unhappy as millions of pakistani fans in their teams defeat to Ireland.I hope the fans in the subcontinent forgive the players for performing badly in this world cup.Life is more precious than anything else.

  • SUR from KSA on March 19, 2007, 13:25 GMT

    May allah rest Bob Woolmer soul in peace.

    Javed Minadad should never be allowed to coach paki team. He in money hungry guy and a lota!!!

    Only a gora can tame our wild team animals. May be we should ask Hulk Hogan to tame our guys as they don't deserve a nice guy like Bob to coach them and ends up in the same fate as he did.

  • Hunaid on March 19, 2007, 13:23 GMT

    This is truly very sad for Pakistan Cricket and its fans. It was a very shameful exit for a proud country like Pakistan at the hands of Ireland but the passing away of a man who brought some stability in to the ever stormy Pakistan cricket team has left me speechless. I beg the PCB to use this as a motivator to build a strong Pakistani side for the future. They have to realize that Shoaib Akhtar, Afridi, eras are over. Kamran Akmal has to perform or be sacked. Hard decisions have to be made. It is owed Pakistan, its fans and most of all to Bob Woolmer...

  • Nans on March 19, 2007, 13:16 GMT

    It really has been one of my saddest weekends in which first i saw my team getting humiliated and shamefully losing to a bunch of amateurs (Ireland, who i thought played really well and deserved to win) and i was just digesting this news that i heard the shocking news of the sad demise of Bob Woolmer, which totally came as a surprise to me. I feel that the embarrasing defeat to ireland was one of the reasons behind the cause of his death. The immense stress, anxiety, and may be the fear of losing his credibility and reputation as a world class coach combined with diabetes, high blood pressure and a breathing disorder got the better of him. For a guy who put four years of hard work into building a team and then seeing that hard work going to waste and his vision for the pakistan team being shattered into pieces by inzamam & Co, i feel as a coach this is more than embarrasing.

    I would like to thank Bob Woolmer for his services to pakistan. Although i sometimes disagreed with his strategies but i always thought of him as a good coach and the best that pakistan has had. He also came across on tv as a friendly, gentle, calm and charming man. May his soul rest in peace and may god gives strength to his family and friends in this moment of grief ans sorrow. We'll miss you BOB!!!

  • Mohammad Arif on March 19, 2007, 13:15 GMT

    The worst weekend ever in the history of Pakistani cricket and every Pakistani fan. I pray to Allah that the PCB shows Bob and his family the respect that they deserve, afterall its this Pakistani team who killed Bob. Its the reponsibilty of the PCB to represent every pakistani cricket fan at Bob's funeral and show his family what Bob really meant to us as we failed to show that when he was alive. I really wonder how Shoiab Akhtar feels now, life is too short for fighting as today we have last a kind hearted man who was right from the work go when he thought Shoiab was a destructive influence on the team.

    To all the team, make sure you go to the funeral and show Bob's family that the whole os Pakistan is with them in this moment of grief.


  • Usman on March 19, 2007, 13:13 GMT

    I was buying my train ticket on Monday morning - on my way to work - when my wife called me to give me the horrible news. I don't think I'll ever be able to forget the sick feeling I had all day just thinking about what the poor man went through.

    I desparately want South Africa to win this World Cup and for Pakistan to work harder and win in 2011, to properly honour the great man.

  • Hasan Ali on March 19, 2007, 13:06 GMT

    I think this is the saddest thing that can have happened to pakistan at the moment.Bob was no doubt a very good coach.he was a gr8 man as far i am concerned.he died because of pakistan.he has wasted his talents on them.i am very shocked.he had given his life for cricket.the shock of his death as so much that even the pakistan losing against ireland seems nothing.i think he should have gotten a ont be same without him. MAY GOD BLESS HIS SOUL.

  • Miten on March 19, 2007, 13:04 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's death is a loss to this world. He was a teacher in the truest sense. He shared his wisdom with love and patience and there is nothing more one could have asked from him. Pakistani cricket gained many intangibles in his presence and it will come to show now that he is will just be too late to thank him for it.

  • Suhail Khan on March 19, 2007, 12:52 GMT

    A very sad day for Pakistani cricket, and indeed for the world cricket. I was distraught with the loss to Ireland, but the news of Bob's demise has shattered my love for this game. Any life is more precious than sports, for God's sake, let alone it be one of true servants of cricket.

    My heartfelt condolence to his family and friends. I must add Inzy's retirement announcement on the same sad day is very bad timing at best and totally insensitive at worst. I know Inzy had respect for him and must be feeling the pain of his sudden loss (which probably prompted him to take the decision), but so-called wise heads like PJ Mir and Talat Ali around him should have advised him better. Yesterday was to day to mourn Bob's loss, and it was best to leave it to just that. Alas, Inzy once again proved his lack of judgement.

    An ex-lover of cricket

  • HB on March 19, 2007, 12:46 GMT

    I don't have words to express my sorrow. Bob was a father figure. Perhaps I'd write more when I can think clearly. Deep deep loss. The WC defeat to Ireland, when put in perspective, doesn't even come near this. I don't know what to say. No Bob no. Not like this. Not like this.

  • Shehan Fernando on March 19, 2007, 12:44 GMT

    I sit here today, still in shock, when i heard the news this morning i could not believe how cruel our game has become. I have never felt so deeply saddened by the death of someone i do not know because it was connected with the sport i love so very much. Bob Woolmer was a great man and lest he not be forgotten everytime we scorn our heroes who have let us down. After all it is just a game. May you go in peace bob

  • Azhar Hameed on March 19, 2007, 12:42 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was an outstanding coach with a passion for Pakistan cricket. Even in his death, he has reminded Pakistan the way he felt about it. May God give his family the strength and courage to bear this untimely and tragic loss. The world of cricket has been rendered poor but the legacy of Bob Woolmer would always serve as a beacon for all those who take cricket as a passion and a gentleman's game. Perhaps cricket is what Bob Woolmers was all about!! Bob you will be missed...

  • Javed on March 19, 2007, 12:36 GMT

    It ia a shame that Bob Woolmer died due to stress over something he loved. Cricket is a sport it is just a game. I live in Australia and although sport is a major part of life and culture, we all understand it is just a game.

    My background goes back to South Asia and i am disgusted that people have the nerve to burn effigies and attack the players' and coaches' places of residence. In a continent of hundreds of millions of cricket fans, the media decides to show continous coverage of only 10-15 people protesting against the players. You see citizens trying to take players to court. Yes, the players are at fault for losing and yes they do take a share of the blame; no implementation of strategy, failure to correct batting techniqes to name a few. The respective boards are to blame; politics, ego, money, lack of structure and transparency - but please at the end of the day it is only a game. It is not worth dying for. If India crashes out, we will expect Greg Chappell to cop a share of the blame as well as senior members but I just hope it does not reach the level it did with Woolmer and the Pakistanis.

  • Naveed Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 12:30 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was the best thing that ever happen to Pakistani Cricket. My heart goes out to his family, may Allah bless him. He should be ranked amongst the highest contributors to Pakistan and should be awarded with the highest of all medals. He gave so much to Pakistan and cricket, and we? we took everything from him. I am ashamed the way we treat a defeat in a game. Now we just lost the race in humanity

  • riaan on March 19, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    RIP Bob Woolmer.

    After all the great tributes I cannot imagine how those fools who chanted "death to woolmer" after the loss to Ireland must be feeling right now. Their hearts must be broken for wishing death upon this man, a great lover of cricket and ultimate professional. I now wish some authority takes a stance and makes this barbaric habit of burning effigees and chanting death wishes to someone unlawful. I hope the fools who continue to do this every time their team disappoints get locked up or meet some sort of justice. It's only a game of cricket (!) and burning flags, dolls representing people and chanting death surely belong in the anals of history next to slavery!

  • Imran Ahsan Shah on March 19, 2007, 12:27 GMT

    Great intellect, coach and thinker of the game, however Bob's greatest quality has to be his passion for the game. I hope we can honour his legacy by putting into place some of his suggested reforms regarding the running of cricket in Pakistan.

    An honest and open man, may he rest in peace and may god give his family the strength to get through this tragic affair. You will be missed Bob!

  • sharma on March 19, 2007, 12:25 GMT

    GOD BLESS BOB WOOLMERS SOUL AND HELP HIS FAMILY IN THIS TERRIBLE SITUATION. as long as cricket will exist bob woolmer will exist in all cricket lovers.

  • mahmood oxford uk on March 19, 2007, 12:21 GMT

    very sad news indeed. having followed his tenure as coach and having met him during the england tour last summer is was obvious that he was completly committed to pakistan cricket, more so than our players themselves. my thoughts go out to his family.

  • sanjit on March 19, 2007, 12:20 GMT

    bob woolmer carved a champion side out of south africa

    he even encouraged a associate teams to a huge extent

    he helped this sport to evolve and succeeded in doin that

    he helped pakistan by brining some discipline within them in the last three years, even though there were a lot of internal problems in PCB

    he has gone now....and his work will always be remembered

    no one has contributed as much as he has

    i m from India and i can honestly say that all of sachin's, bradman's, and ponting's record seem worthless as compared to Bob's contribution

    may his soul rest in peace

  • Syed Tanvir Haider on March 19, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    Let me just quickly add to my earlier comment. One of the commentators in this section had given a very good advice of remembering Bob Woolmer and fully endorse his views and that is


  • Mohammed Munir - Sharjah, UAE. on March 19, 2007, 12:09 GMT

    BOB … was a passionate sportsman and a thorough gentleman to the soul !!

    He lived for the cricket and he died for the cricket.

    I believe he cared for the Pakistan Cricket more than any other Pakistani.

    My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  • Naveed on March 19, 2007, 12:04 GMT

    When Pakistan lost to Ireland, I thought that it was the worst thing happened to me and fellow Pakistanis, but I was wrong. May the departed soul rest in peace

  • Raja saqib on March 19, 2007, 12:01 GMT

    bob woolmer was a true pakistani he died for pakistan.. may allah bless him

  • Ameen Lokhandwala on March 19, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    Indeed a great loss. Bob worked very hard but on the ground it was upto our 11 players and they never looked like winning. I m sure that it was quite a set back for ICC high performance coach that his team lost to part timers. Instead of doing hanky panky the cricket board and selection committe should resign with immediate effect. BOB stregth was the use tecnology, it would have been ideal for other teams but not for laid back team like Pakistan.

    BOB.. May your soul rest in peace(Amen) and condolonces to his family and friends.

  • Mohammad Umair Suri on March 19, 2007, 11:58 GMT

    Dear All, 17th of march is the darkest day of Pakistan's cricket , whatevermight be the reason of woolmer's death now he is not among us , andf we should pray that may Allah forgive him and InshaAllah he would have recite KALMA TAyyaba before death , other wise being muslim we know that what garve and aakhirat is all about , he was great i this world for us , but what about Allah was he dies as a god man of Allah , i dont care how people take my comments but my point of view is we should pray for him and hope might Allah have given him chance to recite KAlma before he died. If we think in depth this think give us a message that we usually forgot that for what reason we have been sent in this world and get so busy in the hardshhips of this TEMPORARy Life that even we dont dare to say to anything about religion like commenting on Sunnahs of our beloved and many other things related to a Muslims Imaaan ,infact being a muslim we should think thousand time saying or writing such things that whether this things what we our going to write or say are we even allowed to think of that saying r writing is far away . Our imaan are week and we call our selves muslims but at times we even dont dare to laugh on soemmones beard and can easily make fun of that , we should do scrutiny of ourselves and should ask for MAghfirat before the same happen to any one of us who think e is young and healthy death is very far, MAy Allah forgive us all and make our Imaan stronger so our views about our religion will be crystal clear.

    LAst thing these sort of mishaps and sudden death coanveys message from Allah that stop worrying about this world and prepare your selves for the enteral life for what you have been send in this world , before your time come. MAy Allag guide us to the right path till time of death(IAmeen ) and may Allah keep Woolmer soul in peace. (Ameen)

  • Valavan on March 19, 2007, 11:51 GMT

    Its really a tragedy to loose Bob Woolmer in such a way. Comon Guys WC is not end of world. Pakistan won many trophies, will win many trophies, World Cup is just one among that. Oneday or the other every team loses to a minnow. Just for Pakistan, it happened in World Cup. I cant understand why normal people cant take Cricket is afterall game in our daily life. Rather than showing anger on players. Go and look after your family and watch cricket. Dont throw stones on cricketer's residence. UNDERSTAND its AFTER ALL A GAME. Bob Woolmer leaves a big void in PAK cricket. All ex pak players criticized Woolmer's action, why dont they come and coach. esp Javed Miandad who fumes even if bulb fuses in his house

  • Gail Baatjes on March 19, 2007, 11:47 GMT

    I'm extremely saddened by what has happened and I think it feels worse because he died just after Pakistan's exit. PAkistan will now realise truly what they have lost. I'm surprised he stuck out as long as he did. It is a credit to the man. May he get all the peace that he was sure not to have had over the last couple of years. I think Pakistani's need to get their house in order and the players need to get their heads right. Nobody should have to die because certain people have no motivation or pride. The cricketing world will be a poorer place without Bob Woolmer!

  • Ali Majid on March 19, 2007, 11:44 GMT

    Allah bless Bob Woolmer.

    The best coach Pakistan had (irrespective of what happend in the world cup).

    A true Pakistani who gave more to the team than most Pakistanis have in the last 15 years.

    This news is worse than the loss over the weekend. He will truly be missed.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Scott on March 19, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    I am so sad right now, I am so affected by this news I never imagined it would be so. I cannot believe, reading his blog he is such an affable gentleman of the game and for this to happen. I cannot believe it. Please may you rest in peace, You have improved the game of cricket so much beyond everything we as public can so readily see.

    Thankyou for everything.

  • AdeS on March 19, 2007, 11:40 GMT

    On Monday, I was waiting to write how I felt good watching Bangladesh reduce India to nothing: I also wanted to congratulate young Mushfiqur Rahim - what a rearguard action. I will not do it because I want to condole with Bob Woolmers' family. I also want to request Pakistani cricketers aand their cowboy Board to look inwards because they are talent gone to Dogs! If they had the best coach - no doubt about that - they should have played like true professionals; they should have learnt from him without being rash, brash and out of control. They have wasted not only time, money but the life of a man who put himself on the line to bring value to Pakistan cricket. All the people who have written here have expressed sentiments that are quite uncommon to the way the average Pakistani, Pakistan cricketers and their administrators (including that firebrand called Javed Miandad) behave. As a South Asian, I wanted to see Pakistan in the Final four with India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. I think Paksitani cricketers have disappointed me in small measure but let down a valuable resource for good.

    Insha Allah! May Allah give you the sense to be purposeful in work and life and not squander opportunities that come your way to glorify the people and the Pakistan nation.

  • adeel khan on March 19, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    bob did wht he could have, but even most intellect book can be helpful for the one who "can learn" and this feature , we all know, distict in pakistan. we never learn. sorry for his loss, sorry for pakistan cricket.

  • Farrukh Nadeem on March 19, 2007, 11:39 GMT

    Cricket team of Pakistan, also requires someone like Pervaiz Musharraf to make them play. Islam like any other religion of the world, doesn't teach us to just sit and pray and leave everything to GOD for achieving our goal. Allah asks to do our work with dedication sincerity and leave the tension of result upon God. So putting on beards doesn't mean Allah will help you, without you doing your deeds. What is the use of becoming religious when you can’t do justice with your profession? Allah loves honesty. What is the use of becoming religious when you continue doing backbiting as is the case of many Pakistani players? What is the use of becoming religious when you still can’t stop going to nightclubs or for that matter using expletives or becoming violent against an abusive spectator. All intelligent cricketers use their bat or ball to silent their critics by piling up big scores or taking wickets, but Pakistani cricketers prefer to use their bat to hit or warn spectators who hoots them. Why do we follow a religion? Answer is simple, to become a good human.

    Post Imran Khan era not a single captain led the team from front and in fact used his brain on team’s unity. Imran used to bring talent from normal players but the current Pakistan cricketers does have talent but they are not consistent or as mentally tough as the players which were playing at the time of Imran. Perfect example of this is Shahid Afridi. In eleven years of his cricketing span, no body can tell anything sure about him. Not even a single coach tried to work on this batsman’s problem. He is extremely talented yet of not much use.

    Pakistani cricket team should at least think about the other Muslims living all over the world because Muslims wherever they are living are related to Pakistan in some way or the other, no matter whether they have a link with Pakistan or not. Pakistani cricketers should think about their each move so that they can show the world that all Muslims are not terrorists and uneducated but they have other talents also along with the dedication towards religion. In India there are lot of Muslim celebrities but very few strike a balance between their profession and religion.

    Adding to the woes of Pakistan cricket, is their management, which is too smart to conduct dope tests privately only to reveal its results publicly. They don’t have anyone to teach the players modern day sports science or English. We, Indians are preparing for the current world cup for last four years whereas Pakistan had not more than three permanent players (Inzamam, Yusuf and Younis) or technically sound players to start their campaign for 2007 world cup.

    Pakistan cricket is in a very sad state of affairs and even 100 Bob Woolmers cannot change the current helpless state of it unless Pakistan cricket change its attitude towards the game. Bob Woolmer was an educated coach who was battling hard to teach cricket to a bunch of illiterate players of Pakistan. One silver lining after the bizarre incident of Woolmer’s death is that at least he was taking his profession very seriously which eventually took away his life. Coaches like Woolmer and Dave Whatmore are born once in a lifetime. We need to salute Bob!

  • MURTAZA on March 19, 2007, 11:38 GMT

    BOB WOOLMER - He got the pakistan team respect but died, himself in shame THATS WHAT YOU CALL A MAN


  • Douglas Kumaradass on March 19, 2007, 11:37 GMT

    "A dream that has gone as a dream for Bob"

  • Kar-Achi Battian on March 19, 2007, 11:35 GMT

    In the heat of light hearted argument we sometimes say "Yar koshihs to kar raha hoon, Kia Jaan Lo gay". Bob did exactly that, he tried it to the limit and succumbed to the fact that it was all worthless at the end.

    He tried all he could albeit all the personal politics and skirmishes we are so accustomed to in our society.

    I was angry after Ireland’s match but I am just devastated now. This team was not worth dying for.

    Whatever comes out as a medical reason for his demise, it is undoubtedly clear that what has actually brought his untimely end.

    Caution to any Professional aspiring to coach Pakistan: Cricket is a gentlemen game, but coaching Pakistani team is an extreme sport. You risk your life if you take this career path.

  • umar khan on March 19, 2007, 11:33 GMT

    God bless Bob. we will miss you and always you will be in our heart and memory. i think our ex players who use to criticize a lot they should be given a chance now. so we will see how great they are and i am sure they wont be able to stand more than a year. i will only say that we owe to him and our team so at least our team should play with their hearts in coming games after world cup and pay tribute to his death.

  • irfan on March 19, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    i got tears in my eyes whilst am typing!!! he was a great person and coach and we never respected him.just want to ask pervez musharaf that how many more lifes u want???? you will die one day aswell and u have to answer everything to ALLAH !!! he said that he was pakistani in his interview and he proved it how much care about pakistan. enough is enough!!!!! wake up pakistan and do something about his country or these leaders will keep killing innocent people like bob woolmer

  • Zeeshan Asim Khan on March 19, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    I was stunned and deeply shocket when the last night i heard that Bob Woolmer has passed away . I just wanted to say that he is a true cricket professional and the biggest thing he added to the Pakistan cricket Team is Unity amoung players and Fighting Spirit . We will miss him very much .

  • mo on March 19, 2007, 11:31 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan, this is sad news.

    Bob Woolmer was a great coach, with many pioneering ideas. Not just that, but a nice person. That was the main thing about him. I was just listening to a story on one of the Pakistani news channels, and one of the commentators said that whenever any Pakistani player would go to South Africa, he would invite them to his home. He even invited the Pakistani team for dinner during the SA tour.

    He was willing to adapt to any culture. The main thing I liked about him was his relationship with the Pakistani players, you can tell through their coaching sessions, and photos what a relationship they had. It was a relationship of friendship.

    He kept his own website and always tried to answer cricket fans questions.

    He kept his own blog on cricinfo to keep fans updated, and about his ideas of the game of cricket.

    He kept himself dignified throughout the various controversies in Pakistani cricket.

    From what I saw, he was a true Gentleman.

  • Hamza Khan on March 19, 2007, 11:29 GMT

    I totally agree with a number of posts from India as well as Pakistan which say that we as sub-continent cricket fans must remember that it is only a game after all! I am extremely saddened about Bob's death, he worked exceptionally hard for the cause of Pakistani cricket. I dont want to remember the defeat against Ireland since Bob's death has completely over shadowed the will be sorely and greatly missed, you made Pakistan your home for several years and as a Pakistani civilian I demand from the government to give Bob due civilian honours who passed away STILL serving our cricket. Rest in peace Bob and Im extremely sorry for any hurt that you may have felt from the Pakistani media. I cannot take in the fact that perhaps you took the defeat to your heart. THANKS BOB FOR EVERYTING YOU HAVE DONE FOR US. YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED AS A GEM OF A HUMAN BEING AS WELL AS A PRICELESS CRICKETING MIND.

    May God shower HIS blessings on your soul.

    Hamza Ali Khan

  • Imdad Awan on March 19, 2007, 11:27 GMT

    I believe we are a very thankless nation. Not only that, we keep blaming our own incompetence on others and that is precisely why we never get better. Bob Woolmer had a proven track record of being the finest coach and also the most innovative. He lead South Africa to the semi finals and also made them a tough and professionally motivated team. On the other hand when he came to Pakistan, he was only ridiculed and lambasted by our so called ex-greats like Zahir Abbas, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad etc. I ask them , are you finally at ease now that he is gone permanently? Mr. Javed Miandad must be licking his lips for the post. A coach can only do so much. In the end the players are the ones who need to apply themselves in the field. Pakistan team failed us not Bob Woolmer. He brought the same technology and experience to PCB that he gave to SA. Why is it then that SA is rated number one and Pakistan team is a bunch of senseless idiots? He has proved to us why the "goras" are a prosperous race. They are dedicated to their work and take it seriously and although we claim to be "ghairatmand" we actually are the biggest bay-ghairats walking the planet. Our ghairat only crops up when our women folk get "out of line" and we kill them. Mr. Woolmer has in his death proved that he is the most ghairatmand person to have worked for Pakistan Cricket Board. I salute him.

  • Augi on March 19, 2007, 11:26 GMT

    RIP Bob, My salutations for your commitment. I am speechless. I hope that the government of Pakistan acknowledges his services with the highest civilian honour.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on March 19, 2007, 11:23 GMT

    I am at loss to to pick out the words from my vucabelary and construct a sentence to express my deepest sorrow on the demise of such a great cricketing personality. A man whom I had always admired, followed his cricket since the early seventies when he played with Kent and partenered with Asif, Knott, Luckhurst and Underwood. Many a times I visited Kentabury, Folkstone to see them play for Kent which used to be my favourite county team. I met him personally in 1975 when he was in the squad of England and then again during the famous Ashes series in England when England led by Brearly won the Ashes each time however Bob left a very lasting impression and looked so unlike a typically British. A man who possesed great humility and always gave the impression of being a philisopher a thinking cricketer as if playing cricket was not just enough for him and it seemed that he wanted much more than just playing it and so he proved to the Cricket world by his brillant coaching stints. I am deeply saddened and my hands go up in my prayers to the Almighty seeking his forgiveness for I also used some unworthy words for this great man and now I regret it so deeply.

    To me Bob has not died, he was murdered and the men behind this are non other than Inzamam, Bari, Salim Altaf, Mushtaq, Shoaib, Dr. Nasim Ashraf and alos the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Iqbal Baig (the idiotic sports reporter)the entire pakistani team, Imran, Sarfaraz and us here in the blogs. We all have to share the responsibility for his sad demise.

    As an honourable man Bob could not take this defeat and laid down his life and what a shame it is for the PCB guys who are still sticking to their jobs, poor Bob who was not a Pakistani but proved to be greater than the Pakis in PCB.

    I have read the news of Inzamam's retiremet also and it seems that he is a man who was on a mission and now that he feels certain that Pakistan cricket is dead and burried so he announced his retirement and let me tell u that "With the death of Bob our cricket is really dead and burried". I would like to see now who coaches the Pakistani team let the Idiot Zaheer, Sarfaraz and or the Cheapster Iqbal baig pick out some one, Pakistan cricket is full of illeterate buggers and we have about 75% former cricketers are not matric and how do we expect them to coach. Look at Inzamam, this bugger is playing International Cricket fr the last 19 years and has toured so many countries and yet he dosent know how to speak English, let alone Urdu for when he speaks urdu also, he sounds nothing more than a road side vender. This has been the quality of our former and present cricketers and we expect them to coach the Pakistani team. Ours is a system which has flopped and even such a high profile person like Bob could not do much about. Pathetic it is to know that a man like Bob who has been an acclaimed high performance coach, an innovative brain and truly dedicated person failed, and not for any lapse on his part, but because of the high handedness of Inzamam and PCB.

    Bob will be missed by every cricket loving man in Pakistan and also the world over and I sincerly pray to Allah for his forgiveness as well as extend my deepest condolances to his family.

  • Muhammad Umer on March 19, 2007, 11:22 GMT

    Clouds everywhere.. sad moments.. Sir Bob Woolmer gave the definition to Cricket coaching.. NO one is in doubt that Mr Woolmer introduced winning culture in Pakistan cricket against better teams.. Sometimes loosing recreates everything.. Pakistan team will miss him for the rest of their lives and I am sure they will try to re-organise themselves in his given guidelines.. We solute you Mr Sir Bob Woolmer...

  • SQUARE_CUT FROM BBC TMS on March 19, 2007, 11:20 GMT

    what can i say, im still in shock, i didnt even know bob personaly but i feel devestated, im in tears...

  • H.Malik on March 19, 2007, 11:20 GMT

    Dear Kamran , In my humble opinion , the sad demise of BOB is squarely on the heads of those SPINELESS , BRAINLESS ,CLUELESS, SELFCENTRED EGGOASTIC YOYOs we call them Super Stars , if no on eis naming them , I will , Imran Nazeer to start with ,Mohammed Hafeez , Yonus Khan & MOHAMMAD YOUSUF & TO CAP IT , INZI THE FAT POTATO ... These let down the entire nation and the then swalled the decent man thier coach too . ONE Has BITTEN the DUST & MUST NEVER be allowed to done the Paksitani Color again , the others MUST ALSO be DUMPED for ever so the nation never sees them on the cricket ground again . Throw out the BARI & ALTAF's & the others , discard them for ever if the nation wants to have any base to resurrect the team ,Bring in under 19s top performers APPOINT SHOAB MALIK THE CAPTIN and start the rebuild process right now. THE doc SHOULD ALSO BE SHOWN THE DOOR THE SOONER THE BETTER , TO HELL WITH HIS END OF MARCH STRETEGIC MEETING , WE HAD SEEN ENOUGH OF THOSE STRETEGIC PLANS SINCE 1999 WORLD CUP FIASCO ...........

  • RAJANIKANTH on March 19, 2007, 11:18 GMT

    RIP Bob may god give the strength to your loved ones to withstand this tragedy.

  • Amanzeb Khan on March 19, 2007, 11:16 GMT

    For a moment we also need to consider what the players must be going through right now. Went to the Caribbean with dreams of victory and glory. The World Cup ended for them before it started. And then they lost their dear coach. A coach who had excellent individual working relationships with each one of them, who had backed their abilities to the hilt even when they were not performing and who had turned them into a united and happy unit over the last two years. They must all be completelty shattered right now. More than anyone of us can imagine. Saw glimpses of the team on television. Most of them were in tears. Lets make this time easier on them and give the late Woolmer due respect. One way of doing that is for us to stop complaining about the world cup loss and stop criticising the team he worked so hard with.

  • Nadya Ali on March 19, 2007, 11:14 GMT

    I have never felt so ashamed of calling myself a Pakistani before. We only hurt ourselves prior to this when supporting the sham that is Pakistani cricket. Woolmer has paid with his life for our ineptitude and madness. It's a game for God's sake, which we forget too often and I for one can't imagine what this poor mans' family must be feeling. Kamran you said Pakistan darkest day was March 17. It wasn't, it was the day Bob Woolmer died.

  • Richard on March 19, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    You have hit the nail on the head Bob will be missed Rest in Peace

  • mostafa on March 19, 2007, 11:13 GMT

    Bob will always be remembered for his passion. we should name the Cricket Academy after his name, it was his idea and players going there should and would know what it actually means to be there with the legacy of Bob. Bob you were the man! RIP

  • vikas on March 19, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    This is the saddest news I have heard. So frustrating, it leaves you with a feeling of impotence. The man is gone and you can't do a thing about it. What adds to the pain is that he must have gone a sad, dejected man. If I as an Indian can feel this for Pakistan cricket and Mr Woolmer, imagine what the Pak team would be feeling.

    However, life and death are not matters under our control. What we often call as an untimely death is destiny. Pakistan team IS NOT TO BE BLAMED as some responses seem to suggest, it was HIS will and let us accept it.

    My commiserations with the Woolmer family. RIP BOB.

  • usman on March 19, 2007, 11:08 GMT

    a great coach - but our board and players never did justice to his ability and kept on failing him. i was stunned to hear the news - may his soul rest in peace and his family have the courage to overcome such a loss. Its pretty clear that he was more upset and had more self respect than any of the shameless people who are in our board and team. He gave us so much and we only contributed towards denting his credibility as a coach.

  • Farhan on March 19, 2007, 11:07 GMT

    Great tragedy, im so upset. Its a shame the team couldnt put in the same effort he did. He will be missed by many.

  • Ata Malik on March 19, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    Bob shall always remain in our thoughts and in our prayers. It truly is a sad, sad day. May Allah give his family the strength to bear this untimely loss. We Pakistanis shall always remain grateful and Bob's legacy shall remain with us as long as cricket is played in Pakistan. Thank you Bob, thank you for everything and may you rest in peace.

  • Imran A Javed on March 19, 2007, 11:00 GMT

    The best way to pay respect to Bob for us Pakistani’s is to leave watching cricket in which these bunch of Cricketers are playing known as Pakistan team.

    You know Why….. because Mr Naseem Ashraf has said that he would be giving a 10 years plan which means that he has no plans to leave. Wasim Bari said that he would be having discussion with the above gentlemen i.e. he also have no such plans. The Captain has retired from one dayers only i.e. he does not see himself responsible SO the best thing lies with us the Pak cricketlovers……..leave watching Pakistan cricket. At-least them it will give the Pak team members a chance to say that no since no Pakistani is watching the game, its not the people pressure and the Coach (future) died because of teams performance.

  • Shahid on March 19, 2007, 10:56 GMT

    Very sad. I now fear for Greg Chappell with India also close to elimination from the cup.

  • A.HUSSAIN on March 19, 2007, 10:53 GMT

    I am totally, totally shocked by the death of our great coach and great man who loved and cared for his job so much that he died as a result of it (May Allah bless his soul- RIP). My heart goes out to his family. To Mr. Syed Shais Ali who posted his comments on the 18.03.07- 08.21 pm. Shame on you for saying that 'it should have been Inzi' who died. I cannot express my sorrow deaply enough for these coments. Brother you are calling for the death of another Muslim Brother (even if he belongs to Tableeghi Jamaat). It is absolutely unislamic. Whats more it is a shame to your name (syed Shais Ali). I urge the Brothers to keep their religious prejudices out of this sad time for not just Pakistan cricket but also for Pakistan.

  • TARUN YADAV, ESSEX UK on March 19, 2007, 10:52 GMT

    A tragedy. Bob Woolmer was a good England cricketer, a great coach at Warwickshire and then South Africa (winning everything but a World Cup in the 90s) and ultimately Pakistan. He did a good job at Pakistan - they defeated England in both tests and ODIs. He levelled a test series against a strong India team in 2005 and thrashed them in the subsequent ODIs. He also won against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Cricket was life, and his CV was impeccable. The only black mark on his CV was the early exit at the hands of Ireland. Ultimately, this proved to be too much.

    He was a brave man taking on the Pakistan job. With prima-donnas like Shoaib Akthar, the internal fighting, favouritisms, dictatorship-like PCB interfering, he still did a good job. The players have let him down totally. Being bowled out by semi-professionals on a green top is not the fault of the coach. totally shocking. Inzi and co. should hang their heads in shame!

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  • Ata ul Munim on March 19, 2007, 10:41 GMT

    He did not waste nothing. Bad times are unfortunate and they come without telling or warning you. It was some harsh time for Pakistan Cricket but his life was more precious. I could have waited for another 4 years for a Cricket world cup, Pakistan could have won any time else but his life, was not suppose to end like this. His life was more important than the World cup, The good performance and above all was more important than the game of cricket. My deepest condolences to his family and I would personally want to appologize Bob for the stupid behaviours, which most of my Countrymen show when Pakistan loses. Game should be taken as a game and should not take a toll on a precious life. May God Bless him in the life Hereafter Ameen

  • Deepak on March 19, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    May your soul rest in peace

  • Asad on March 19, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    Bob Woolmer, an outstanding coach, a man who brought revolution in cricket with his inovative coaching style and use of modren technlogy. He is truly one of the world's best coach.

    We will miss you so much Bob

  • anipaul on March 19, 2007, 10:36 GMT

    Today, in Bangalore, there are policemen standing outside the houses of Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, to protect their family members. Dhoni's house has been trashed in Ranchi. For all I know, Tendulkar's family has gone into hiding.

    Woolmer-Pakistan can easily be replaced by Greg Chappell-India.

    As Indians and Pakistanis, when when when when when will we learn to behave with reason and moderation?

    In the guise of passion, we behave like mindless animals.

  • Avi on March 19, 2007, 10:34 GMT

    Today we learnt of the passing away of one of the game's shrewdest coaches, Bob Woolmer. This is a huge tragedy and I hope all the teams show a sign of respect in their matches for him, because he achieved many things during his lifetime which may not benefit cricket now, but very much so in 20 years time. Shame on the Pakistani fans for pressurising such a great man to an ignominious death. Condolences to Bob's family, you have lost someone who can never be replaced, as a cricket buff or as a great friendly person. Today is a very sad day for world cricket.

  • Usman Masood on March 19, 2007, 10:34 GMT

    BOB truely was a Genetlman, and its true its a great loss for Pakistani cricket. he has done more then enough for Pakistani Cricket which any of his predecessors were unable to do. May Allah rest his Soul in Peace.

  • Jignesh Shah on March 19, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    The untimely and mysterious death of Bob Woolmer has shocked cricket Connoisseurs world over, I have watched his complete turn around of South African cricket with much admiration. he did try and do the same with Pakistan Cricket to no avail.

    I think it is the PCB and the attitude of Pakistani cricketers that has let them down, rather than Bob Woolmer, I remember the superior levels of playing skills by the Pakistani Team against our India under his watchful eyes was amazing and really admirable.

    Bob Woolmer's untimely death is indeed as loss for world cricket and a person of his calibre cannot be replaced.

  • zeeshan qamar on March 19, 2007, 10:29 GMT

    i do not words tp express my felling but i will pray to ALLAH that may ALALH give him family enough patience to bear the loss of THE GREAT MAN ...............................i know he did lot for pakistani team but they let him down......seems like a part of plan as younis getting out in same manner as he did before mean " giving a pratice slip catch"......same as kamran akmal......imran nazir who was in hurry to catch a plan to pakistan.........mohammad hafeez was also among thoes pplz who kill their coach............i know he was shocked because he told these palyers 10000000000000 one thing but they do not listen every day same mistake....after all they think no one can ask them what did in match n y..........and that sorrow, pain and loss to a third class team can make things more tough for coach espcially if u are a coach of pakistani team becuase tooooooooooooooo much expectations with out thinking that our team has no possibility of even winning one match n we expect whole world cup..................

  • Muhammad Zeeshan Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 10:19 GMT

    I really agree with you Abbasi that Bob really worked with full destiny but his strategies never worked for Pakistan.As you said in the last para that "In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket and the world are grateful to him for taking up the challenge".He really seems to be a true leader.

  • Mafaz Mohideen on March 19, 2007, 10:16 GMT

    Bob was the inovator of modern cricket. I have never seen a better team like Cronje's 1994-1999 team which Bob made from scrap. He was the master of coaching. But today the world has lost him. Pakistan administration should now learn from their blunders and go forward the right way.Inzamam was a great player. But his tenure has skipper which Pakistan lost their way. His not enrgetic to lead. But of course he has to play. Yousuf was the leader to watch but not given the opprtunity.

    Anyway Bob his gone. My deepest sympethies to his family at this moment of grief. I know how hard it is to loose a family memebr since I have experienced it. But I'm proud of what Bob has done to world cricket & so will his family.

    He was a great coach, friend, person & human.

    May you attain Jannathul Firdhouse!!!


  • Tasawar Hussain on March 19, 2007, 10:13 GMT

    Bob, a true genious, a man who brought revolution in cricket with his inovative coaching style and use of modren technlogy. He is truly one of the world's best coach, an era has ended and fans and cricket loving people will miss him so much. Yes, believe it or not, Bob is no more with us, and people who questioned his sincerity, deadication and loyality towards Pakistan team Will surely now change their views about him. Perhaps this loss is too much and more hurting than Pakistan's defeat against Ireland. Bob, perhaps you could not win the world cup but surely fans like me will remember you. Who's fault it is? why Pakistan lost? Who has to blame for and who should go? I think everyone is fixing the blame on players but to me PCB's management is responsible for over all decline in cricket over the past years. Isn't it shameful that we could not produced a single world class batsman after Yousuf. I think the whole responsibility lies on the people who managed PCB during last 6 or 7 years. It is PCB's responsibility to provide young budding players coaching staff, quality domestic cricket, sponsership and other facilites, so, the chairmans, CEOs, Selectors etc. you people are responsible for this debacle (rather than Woolmer Inzamam and Players) and you should quit because you could not done justice with your job for whatever the resons might be. In the end i once again salute Bob Woolmer, may his soul rest in peace.

    A True fan of Cricket, Pakistan Cricket Team and Bob Woolmer. Tasawar Hussain

  • Sagar on March 19, 2007, 10:12 GMT

    I heard on the radio that Bob considered himself a citizen of "world cricket" and he proved that in coaching South Africa and Pakistan and English counties. We should all, like Bob, try to focus on the qualities of this game that does so much good in uniting people of different faiths and races. Bob, made people happy and looked to unite people. He was also a gentleman, I recall last year when Pakistan came to Engalnd and lost the old trafford test Bob actually praised Monty Panesar more then the England coach. He lived a worthy life and I hope he finds peace and happyness where ever he is.

  • Dilip on March 19, 2007, 10:11 GMT

    It is one of the saddest day's in cricket. Bob gave a lot to cricket. May god bless his soul.

  • Anum on March 19, 2007, 10:10 GMT

    We, all Pakistanis, condole Bob Woolmer’s tragic death in the West Indies. Bob did his job admirably, considering he had a totally rubbish team to coach. We shall always remember Bob as a man of great commitment, sincerity and compassion. May God his soul rest in peace.

  • PK on March 19, 2007, 10:07 GMT

    I'm Indian, but I think the best thing the Pakistani team can do as a tribute to Bob is to recover from their defeat to Ireland, and play well again. World cricket needs the Pakistan team to do well. Here in India, we're foolishly treating our loss to Bangladesh as though it's some kind of national calamity. It's just a game, and it's good for the game for the minnows to win - after all, India was a minnow in 1983 when we won the World Cup. Also, this is not the time for Pakistanis to curse the Pakistan team members - it's time to mourn Bob Woolmer. Whatever you may say about the Pakistani team, I am sure they also wanted to win their matches. It's easy for us to watch TV and act as though we are better than our players on the ground. I hope Pakistanis (and we Indians) realise that ultimately, cricket is just a game and right now, however depressed we are feeling about our national teams, we cannot be more sad than Bob's family. May his soul rest in peace, and I am sure all Indians will join me in offering our heartfelt condolences to Bob's family.

  • khansahab on March 19, 2007, 10:04 GMT

    Mr Abbasi,

    Perhaps you have already thought so, but is there any way the comments of fans on this blog regarding the loss of Woolmer can be forwarded to Woolmer’s family? It would calm them during this difficult time. It would also show the world that Pakistani Muslims also have a heart and are not mindless terrorists and can feel for loss to non-Muslims.

    I do think that a stadium should be named after Woolmer. Maybe Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, since it is not kept after anyone’s name?

  • Saima Kamal, USA on March 19, 2007, 9:58 GMT

    Kamran is dead right when he says Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket. His innovations and cricket knowledge was doomed to fail in a country where the cricketers lack basic discipline and the Board stumbles from crisis to crisis like a drunken soldier on shore leave. Perhaps a disciplinarian in the mould of Greg Chappel would have made greater headway. Woolmer's track record speaks for itself, and maybe Pakistan cricket will appreciate his legacy more in days to come. He gave his life for cricket.


  • Ahmed Qaisar on March 19, 2007, 9:57 GMT

    I still cant believe he isnt with us anymore. Part of me wishes he had not come and coached Pakistan but then again no one can predict or avoid the inevitable. I am truly and deeply sad at this loss. A Great man who dedicated his life towards the game and tried to make Pakistan the number one team in the world. I wish his family my condolences and pray that Allah gives them the strength to cope with this tragic loss. We can not thank him enough for his immense contribution. May your soul rest in peace Bob. Ahmed Qaisar, Karachi

  • SUR from KSA on March 19, 2007, 9:57 GMT

    My deepest condolences to Mr. Woolmer and family. On behalf of all pakistani, I would like to tender my sincere apology to his grived family. We are sorry for: 1) I hold PCB and paki team for this tradgey. They should file a police report. 2) A gentleman was training bunch of savage and "jahil" guys and at the end he paid the proce. 3) No foreign coach will ome to pakistan next time

    As a courtesy, I ask PCB and our KING GENERAL to alleat condier the following: 1) Award late Mr. Wooler with highest civil award. 2) Rename Lohore Qaddafi Stadium to Woolmer Stadium.

  • Mabsoos Ahmad on March 19, 2007, 9:53 GMT

    Dear All, What a tragedy! May God shower HIS belssing and may rest his soul in peace. He was a fantastic coach. He was true lover of cricket. He did a wonderful job. How shocked he was could be understanable! But it is not the time to do postmortum of the defeat but to pay tribute to the soul who is no more with us. I must say it was he, who was able to knit this team. He was a a perfect coach but we were not able to use him properly. During the last many months, if go through, his column, he was in depression. He was shocked about the media behaviour. This is not cricket. Passion is good. One can loose a game on any day. It is all about planning. He was good because he was simply understanding and reading the game of cricket, but the Management like the Board let him down, it is for sure. It is high time for us to pay tribute to the departed soul. As long as we play and watch cricket, BOB will be remembered of his contirbution to the cricket.Let us join and once pay our tribute to BOB. I am deeply hurt and no words to express my deepest condolences to his his family as well.

  • Kamran Khan on March 19, 2007, 9:52 GMT

    First of all I would like to offer Bob Woolmer's family, my condolences. He was a great person and will be sadly missed. He was a great coach and he will be missed by one and all. He had fore site and vision and that will be missed. I also wish as I have written in the past 'that pakistan board had let him coach and not interfered'. It is a great lose for pakistani cricket and one coach who will never be replaced. Rest in peace Bob Woolmer and may Allah bless you for the pleasure you have given to millons of people.

  • Waseem Khan on March 19, 2007, 9:51 GMT

    Bob Woolmer could have easily walked away from Pakistan cricket over the last few months but Pakistan cricket was what he cared for. I hope the PCB honour him by naming a ground or an academy after him. May God rest Bob's soul.

  • zamir kashmiri on March 19, 2007, 9:44 GMT

    Alas!!!!! we lost a great person in the history of cricket. the all cridit of this heartbreaking job goes to players who poorly played the starting match of w/c. Bravo sir bob you showed that you felt very badly after ireland defeat. shame to all pakistani players who always been great in media and worst on field. shame Shame Shame you all reckless cricketeers. my deepest condolance to the family of sir bob. and heartfeeling sympathy with the bereaved family. Allah rests your soul in peace sir Bob

  • Waseem Gafoor on March 19, 2007, 9:42 GMT

    The loss of Bob Woolmer is a great loss to the cricket world. It a huge shock and a sad loss. My condolonces go out to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed and May God make it easy for Him and give his family patience and strenght through this tough time.....WE WILL MISS YOU BOB

  • SHAHID GUL on March 19, 2007, 9:37 GMT

    I am in tears since I heard this shocking news this morning. I am not able to concentrate on my work today. He was a great man. A man of honour. My condolences are with his family. I cannot say anything more on this as I am shattered.

  • sajjad hussain on March 19, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    deepest condolence to bob's family,near n dear ones on behalf of whole pakistai nation, v assure u not a single person from pakistan or cricketing world wanted to happen this, v all share our grief with u, i know whtever v say, may not bring bob back, but can lessen the pain of this loss.

  • Dr Kashif Aziz on March 19, 2007, 9:33 GMT

    My condolences to Bob Woolmer's family and may his soul rest in peace. Just a small note for those people blaming the team for his death. True the team didnt help and stress was a component. But he was a diabetic and this makes him more likely to have a heart attack. Life and death is in the allmighty's hands, lets not as Muslims start blaming humans for it . The one lesson we all need to learn is that life is more precious than cricket and we should always look at the feelings of people before we blame. We are just as much to blame as the team, but blaming a nation, a team or a player is not the way forward. For one secs lets imagine how the team is feeling and lets given them and Bobs family our support. Do you really WANT INZI TO DIE OF A STRESS RELATED HEART ATTACK NEXT!!! Enough damage has been done already and lets use the death of a decent man as a reason to move forward forgive , forget and learn otherwise we will make the same mistakes again. PEOPLE WHO ARE BURNING AND STONING HOUSES IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN PLEASE STOP

  • abhimanyu on March 19, 2007, 9:30 GMT

    this was a shocker. bob did his best, rest is how the players perform on a given day. his committment to the pakistani team can be seen from the fact that he's no more. its a tragedy.

    india and pakistan cricket have the talent, but where is the committment and professionalism. the coaches can only do so much.

    bob ! may your sole rest in peace.

  • Khalid Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    Hats off to Mr. Woolmer. You gave your life for the team you loved. Too bad you leave behind people like the doc and inzi and Musharaff. I hope you never have the displeasure of meeting them again.

    Rest in Peace.

    Your biggest fan Khalid Ahmed

  • Waseem on March 19, 2007, 9:24 GMT

    To say we are shattered would be an under-statement. PCB needs to do something to give back to Woolmer's family in remembrance of his contribution to Pakistan cricket. Its not Pakistan's loss, its Cricket's. I feel Pakistan board didnt utilise his technical knowledge of the game to the full.

  • FAHD on March 19, 2007, 9:22 GMT

    Its really sad, my condolences to his family... I think the Ireland defeat was responsible for this, he had been waiting for this World cup for 4 years and would have been pretty disappointed by this defeat...its Pakistani cricket that killed cricket worth this???

  • Omar Mir on March 19, 2007, 9:21 GMT

    He was a great cricket man and a great family nan. His life was devoted to cricket . He played, coached and commentated on the game all of his life. Its a very dark day in Cricket, It has lost a loving son and he shall be remembered by the pakistani people as a wonderful influence on our team and country throughout his time with us. To loose Bob so tragically has taken the essence out of pakistan cricket for a long time, he will always be remembered and loved by our people. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Anawar Hassan on March 19, 2007, 9:15 GMT

    Will miss you were one amazing coach. Many thanks for your advice...when ever I contacted you, always replied back to my email. Cricket world will miss you (R.I.P)

  • Sriram on March 19, 2007, 9:09 GMT

    Bob, You will be remembered as a path breaking coach! Seldom that people of a nation forget the fact that cricket is a game... Seldom that people of a nation forget that its about how a player feel mentally and the playing 11 translate it on the day no matter was plans and preparations a board does for years... This is just sad... A sad day for cricketing world.

    Rest in Peace, Bob.


  • zazz on March 19, 2007, 9:09 GMT

    I offer condolences to his family. May GOD bless him. Its a sad news. He was the one who helped muhammad yousaf become a high quality player. At the same time, the decision of Inzamam is not good. The criticism by players like Imran khan or Javed Miandad, under whose captaincy team got out on 74, and we had lost 4 matches, it looks surprising that team management still believes in statements of Ex-cricketers making objections against young players.

  • Abdullah - Abu Dhabi UAE on March 19, 2007, 9:08 GMT

    It hasn't really sunk in yet.. but what amazes me is that there are people here and elsewhere, saying it 'should' have been Inzi/Ashraf etc.. Come on folks, grow up will you?? We'll be seeing a media circus in the coming days anyway - all who never shied away from cursing Bob and his tactics and his training and whatnot, will be jumping up and down for airtime to say how great they thought he was and what a loss they think it is. Gosh, this hypocrisy we Pakistanis live by is disgusting. Anyway - my heartfelt condolences to Bob's family. May he rest in peace.

  • Dr Faizullah Khawaja on March 19, 2007, 9:07 GMT

    my sincere condolences to Mr Woolmers family. It is a very sad news. The pak team is in shambles.I think starting from Dr Ashraf and the chief patron everything has to change.It should be run by cricketers and election should be held. No other country has the president involved in sports directly except may be zimbabway and we have seen what is happening there.

  • Raman Sekar on March 19, 2007, 9:06 GMT

    It was shocking news , neverthless to say , the news was shocking , shocking , shocking I think he has taken the pak defeat in to his heart

  • Naeem on March 19, 2007, 9:03 GMT

    Its unbelievable. I still don't believe it. A great man shall be missed.

  • Hassan Ehsan on March 19, 2007, 9:02 GMT

    A sad sad day in cricketing history... Bob thank you for making Pakistan cricket a great name in the last couple of years... its been an honour to associate you with Pakistan Cricket... You will be greatly missed... your legacy will live on...

    Condolonses with your family.... you have been the greatest coach Pakistan has ever had... and honestly I feel you have not been treated fairly in the last couple of months... Pakistan public and media owes you their lives... you are a fighter... you gave your life to cricket.. and died giving it as well!!!

    thanks for the memories... we will miss you..;(

  • Moosa Motara on March 19, 2007, 9:01 GMT

    I met Bob only once when the Wills Quadrangular (Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka & West Indies) played in Lahore to celebrate Pakistan's 50 Anniversary. He was a true gentleman. Pakistan, the the World, has lost an outstanding cricket brain but more than that it has lost a human being who respected everyperson he came into contact with. Condolences to his family. We'll miss this giant of a man. God Bless you, Bob.

  • omar on March 19, 2007, 8:59 GMT

    Poor guy died because of incapable and stupid Pakistan team.The team ,and the criticism of idiots like Sarfaraz nawaz killed him.This stupid ignorant Idiot should lean how to talk before he opens his stupid mouth to critisize some one.

  • shwet on March 19, 2007, 8:59 GMT

    I express my deepest condolences to BOB's family . I am from India and I can vouch for the fact that it is not Bob's fault that Pakistan has been knocked out. It is the problem with the system that exists in both India and Pakistan we are always caught up in internal politics , bickerings and infighting to actually listen to foreign coaches who are always unbiased and professional. I have also heard Zaheer Abbas on Indian TV and he increases the amount of vitriol he pours at woolmer every time he is given an opportunity.He was supposed to be a great player but such rantings with evil intentions are shameful . Probably he thinks why isn't he getting the same amount of money that Bob used to get. Anyway the case is similiar in India with Dravid being Obstinate , Pig Headed and steadfastly cartoonish in his persistence with Sehwag and with the even more clownish Ajit Agarkar who he terms as his strike bowler ignoring Sreesanth.Unfortunately we in India have greg Chappell whose ego is also positively large and he believes in setting up some imaginary miracle processes which I have not seen being put in place.Though he is also a professional he is egotistical and therein lies the difference between him and Bob . Anyway no need to worry my Pak friends for we are also soon going to join you after being ousted from the world cup probably not after Bermuda's match but certainly after Sri Lanka's.

  • George John on March 19, 2007, 8:59 GMT

    Friends from Pakistan. We your brethren, from India, grieve with you at the death of your coach Bob Woolmer. As I read some of the messages posted I am really upset. Cricket is just a game. And in this world cup format, upsets happen. India may also be out before the next stage. Burning effigies and such, is not how we should react. Let all of us remember Bob Woolmer, a well meaning guy, and dont take our anger out on the Pakistan or the Indian teams. They have tried hard, and if they were beaten, it was by better teams on that day. George

  • Wahaj on March 19, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    We will miss you Bob !

    I hope that the whole of Pakistan would forgive Inzimam and Pakistani Team for the World Cup debacle. After all, cricket is a sport and we should treat it like any other sport. Please stop criticizing the poor blokes.Inzi has served our nation for over 17 years and we should not let a single match to forget his services. He has apologised for the poor performance and has stepped down and even today I remember, that Waseem and Waqar never apologised the nation for their poor peformance in 2003 world cup and instead, had to be dropped. At least, Inzi is a man of pride and has the courage to call it a day and accept the responsiblity for the poor peformance. I wish you happy retirement Inzi and Bob may your soul rest in Peace!

  • Jamal on March 19, 2007, 8:51 GMT

    we killed him, Pakistan killed him. Was our defeat fate and Bob's death GOD's will??? May GOD bless him & us.

  • Saj Shah on March 19, 2007, 8:48 GMT

    I commented earlier on this great article and the contributions made by fellow pakistani fans. Please Cricinfo, if in any way could you pass on these comments to the Robert Woolmers Family. It would take the some of the hurt they must be feeling at the awful time.

  • Daaniyal Masum on March 19, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    I know its too much to expect from us Pakistani's ...

    but I hope that buffoon Dr. Ashraf convinces the president to award a posthumous 'Nishan-e-Pakistan' to Bob Woolmer...

    It would be such a dignified gesture on our part....and thats exactly the reason it will never happen....

    am just so so so sad right now.... sleep tight Bob.....see you in that great pitch in the sky!!

  • PK on March 19, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    Tragic and great loss to his family and the cricket world. My sincere condolonces to his family. Coaching any Asian cricket team is not an easy task and carrying the burden of the greatest expectancy by the fans is high. This, I am sure, is what led Mr. Woolmer to his untimely demise. Cricket world mourns and once again, sincere and hearlfelt condolences to his family. May god rest hi soul in peace. Thank you Bob.

  • Sajid Mushtaq on March 19, 2007, 8:41 GMT

    We will miss you Bob. You had been a great coach for Pakistan team and your services for Pakistan cricket will never be forgottten. May God Bless you.

  • Naveed Khan on March 19, 2007, 8:37 GMT

    Of all those, who went to conquer world cup, at least one stood out to be GHERATMAND, unfortunately, he was not Pakistani. Bob ... may your soul RIP.

  • shaz amin on March 19, 2007, 8:36 GMT

    My sincerest condolonces to Bob Woolmers family. An amazing coach.

  • Khurram Shahzad on March 19, 2007, 8:35 GMT

    I offer my condolences to Bob Woolmer's Family. He was a good person as well as a good aggressive coach as i ever seen in pakistan cricket. His died definatly cause a big lose of Pakistan Cricket and all over the fans of cricket. Bob took the defeat of Ireland on his heart and i should saluate him and Prays to God his saul rest on peace

  • Afzal on March 19, 2007, 8:34 GMT

    Firstly my condolence go out to Bobs family, we all know how great bob was to Pakistan team 100% genuine, I remember meeting him in Birmingham, he wanted mango I got it for him and he enjoyed we had a good time serving him because he was a nice man and he made an effort to talk to us. He learnt a few words in Urdu which was a also nice to see him settling in with the boys ...always so sweet with his words...Pakistan will never get a coach like this ever again...and I hope he will be looking down on the team and still be smiling for them...RIP BOB May Allah Give You A Place In Heaven And Your Family Patience. X

  • Haqnawaz Habib on March 19, 2007, 8:33 GMT

    I was at work when one of my friend called me up and told me about this bad news. I did not believe him. He told me to go to cricinfo web site. I went their and read the news but did not believe it as well. At night when I was watching the Aussies match and heard about it, I still did not believe it. It happened but I do not want to believe this news. Bob, you are still alive!

    Bob lived for cricket and died for it. We lost a great cricket philospher. He was unable to take that immense pressure, which proved that how sensetive he was with this game. It was all build up for this day and it happened. Million words and apologies will not bring him back.

    I would like to criticise ICC here by introducing such a system in this worldcup (although Bob was in favour of this system). I like the format of 1992 worldcup. Two bad days for Pakistan cricket team and the result is so regratefull.

  • Khurram on March 19, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    What a tragedy!!! Two of the greatest gentlemen of the game - Bob and Inzi - Having to leave like this. I am sure everyoe else will continue 'playing' - same spineless tigers, mindless managers and speechless translators will carry Pak cricket to more future humiliation. After the loss, i was wondering how the team, the nation and myself will cope with this loss - Bob has done it for us all. Salute you Sir!

  • M Akram Khan on March 19, 2007, 8:29 GMT

    The great great lose of the cricket history ever! not only the death, the way it happened, it showed the bob's sincirity with the cricket, specially with the Pakistani cricket team, but sorry to say they didn't gave him output! The team, players, nation, and the whole world will remember him till the end of this world!

    My deep condolences to his family.

    I have started missing you BOB :o(

  • adnan on March 19, 2007, 8:28 GMT

    How sincere he was with team's performance and his commitment that he died.

    I thought rather team will take it seriously. But our coach took it. So I solute him. He was ready to teach who never wanted to learn.


  • Shyam on March 19, 2007, 8:27 GMT

    A great coach and a good man. I have never been so saddened by the death of a cricket figure. He didn't deserve to go like that and he didn't deserve what the Pakistani cricket team gave him.

  • alisikander on March 19, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    Salaam Bob! The screen is blurred infront of me becasue of Late bob. And still holding back the tempest inside and why not he was such a bubbly man! He was understress since he joined the mob and that stress kept on increasing with the increase in losing steak. But he never gave up nor lose hope and brought Pakistan to a substantial level after Wasim Waqar Saeed's retirement. He never gave up, Even today he just gave up to poison. Pakistan actually never needed Bob Woolmer.. They needed Man of Maula bakhsh!~ I hope Bob Woolmer would come to know the meaning of this term in three years. He was kind enough to stand the lurid face of pakistani cricket..This is the same team who defeat West Indies test series and one day altogether.. CREDIT GOES TO WOOLMER and the same team tumbled on completely on 132..How on earth is it possible? Hafeez,Nazir,Younis,Yousuf,Inzimam,Azhar,kamran, Malik all bat most of these chickens play extremely well and a few exclisuvely..what they can do they did dont need Afrizi n ARazzaq for that. It is in no way Bob's fault..All of the Pakistani team was CAUGHT! NO RUNOUT, NO BOWLED, NO LBW, NO NOTHING..JUST EFFORTLESS.. Cotinuing their tradition of playing the most important match of the world cup in most drastic way..Bob would also know what does 'Bhains kay aagay been bajana' mean, probably he would have taken this step Now for he was surely tired of playing this Been! ALAS

  • Mohammad Masood on March 19, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    Bob Woolmer, as on many occasion in the past, once again probably the backlash on Pakistan team members from Pakistan public by his sudden death. Every body who knew him talk of him as a gentleman and a good coach. His death may soften public baclash on the team, when it comes back to Pakistan from the West Indies

  • plsraju on March 19, 2007, 8:20 GMT

    Bob was a great man.Let this World cup be renamed as Woolmer's cup.He is the greatest coach which Cricket has produced. For Pakistan cricket,it is not the end of cricket.This defeat is certainly sad,but just dont give up.Pakistan has great talents.Turn to religion at this moment.

  • RMMJK on March 19, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    To Dear Bob,

    You gave us 3 years of your dedication and hard work. On behalf of the cricketing fraternity of Pakistan, We Salute you.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on March 19, 2007, 8:15 GMT


    Its really a very sad news. BOB no doubt was a great cricketer and committed coach. He tried his best to groom Pakistani team and was quite successful. Pakistani team got lots of wins under his useful coaching. I think the lost games & series were mostly because of the injuries and non-availability of some key players. BOB is never responsibile for that. He did always his best. The whole Pakistani team was very happy with him and seemed to like BOB as a great teacher/father who was always ready to make them learn better about cricket.

    It is a great loss to Pakistani team and the whole cricket world. He was an intelligent innovator cricketer/coach.

    No problem whatever has happened with us in WC, now, this is the time that we should support the cause of BOB and be with the team members in this sad situation and don't let them down when they come back home. Rather, we should learn the lessons and try to improve the marale of players (don't forget that they were our heroes before) and PCB as an institution. Pakistan have lots of talents which could be groomed on the guidelines of BOB.

    Please be with the team in the match against Zimbabwe. This is the best way to pay tribute to BOB who has given his life for this cause. Don't let him down and stop giving negative remarks about any team member and especially Inzimam (He is still one of the greatest batsmen of history and our National hero).

    My deepest condolences to BOB's family. I request that PCB must take care about all BOB's matters like his due payments to his family along with the gratuity, expenditures for funeral etc. And BOB should be awarded a National medal for his services to Pakistan since he died serving our country. I am very much satisfied to hear good comments of SHOAIB AKHTER about BOB.

    Once again, my heartiest sympathies/condolences to BOB's family.


  • Theena on March 19, 2007, 8:15 GMT

    Ganesh: "To Theena, there is no hypocrisy in the expressions that have poured to condole Bob's death. I guess these are all natural reactions from humans who value life over anything else"

    What makes you think that I have anything against people expressing their condolonces? I simply stated that some of the people who were posting in Mr Woolmer's blog asking him to resign and give his salary back to the PCB, were now proclaiming him a martyr for Pakistan cricket. I am not sure if I should find it funny or plain disturbing.

    It just goes to confirm what I always thought of Indian and Pakistan cricket fans: short-sighted, reactionary and lacking perspective.

  • Akin Oyebode on March 19, 2007, 8:14 GMT

    A day to remember some things are more important than sport.A good man is gone and I pay my last respects to him.God bless your soul Bob Woolmer.Grant him eternal rest O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon him.

  • taz on March 19, 2007, 8:12 GMT

    The players played this badly that they brought the demise of their own coach. RIP Bob Woolmer we will never forget what you brought to Pakistan cricket.

  • Adeel on March 19, 2007, 8:08 GMT

    I am sorry and shocked. RIP Bob. I am happy that Pakistan were lucky enough to be coached by Bob. Also all along we had been crying for Passion on field from the team, i guess it came from the coach but in a very sad way. May God Bless His Soul. Thanks BOB

  • Asher Ahsan on March 19, 2007, 7:59 GMT

    It is a sad news for Pakistan. The untimely death of Bob has left so many unanswered . Whilst the performance of team has been pathetic, would like to remind the nation how he has helped a totally lost and dejected team in 2003 to several successes. Few are against Srilanka, England, India etc. It is important to remember them when we make criticism on Bob for World cup performance

  • SHEEJE on March 19, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    Silence, I am still in shock :(

  • Chris on March 19, 2007, 7:56 GMT

    Really upsetting. A much loved person here in South Africa with bucket-loads of respect and a fantastic servant of the game. RIP Bob – thanks for the memories.

  • mir on March 19, 2007, 7:56 GMT

    My earnest and sincere commiserations to bereaved Woolmer family for their heartrending loss. Mr.Woolmer was truly a gentleman of the game and his knowledge and understanding of the game was second to none. Being a keen follower of the game,and a Pakistani supporter, I was very joyous at the time of his appointment as the Pakistani coach, coz of his immense reputation and achievements in the game but was also skeptical because of the system that runs Pakistan cricket and their policies and politics but Woolmer survived all that and made his mark on the team which was evident till the last tour of England, but i assume one can only take as much of all the non-sense that is part and parcel of the pakistan cricket. Results under woolmer haven't been out of this world but a change in ideology was evident, and I truly believe that with a different Captain and a professional outfit he would have transformed them into World Champions. It's a tragedy ... very true ..... but shameful is the fact that as a self-claimed cricket crazy nation,Pakistanis, are very ignorent about the game.The lack of knowledge had been evident through out his tenture as Pak. coach when every one was calling for his head after a result and now that he is gone those same people are full of praise for him, that's hypocrisy. Alas if only they had paid more attention to what he was teaching and passing on. A coach can only teach those who are willing to learn. Again my deepest condolences to the family.

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  • Glen Cain on March 19, 2007, 7:53 GMT

    To Bob Woolmer's family, I offer my condolences. He was a true cricketer who did an unmeasurable amount for Pakistan cricket. And I also have to apologize for the way many people in Pakistan have blamed him as many other coaches have been blamed instead of our faulty, corrupt and bias infrastructure.

    May Bob's soul rest in peace.

  • S Shaikh on March 19, 2007, 7:53 GMT

    What a man he was. A guy full of life, full of hopes, determined to make impossible to possible, a challege seeker, but unfortunately fogot one thing...He was a coach of Pakistan team. A country who has not a single stablized system and whose circket adhoc committee is full of jerks. Bob devoted his time, his mind, his soul just to make Pakistan cricket realize that they can achieve much more than they are achieving presently. There is an old saying 'Bhens ke aage bein bajana'. I regret to say what I feel right now but I believe Pakistan cricket is to be blame for Bob's death. As if only One guy who really cared about winning, a true Hero and the best ever coach for Pakistan.

    May God have mercy on his soul.

  • Omar Anwar on March 19, 2007, 7:53 GMT

    Vey well said ERIC. Pakistani nation thinks the same way. Bob, you were not able to achieve a lot, but that is not your fault. You tried your very best. Rest in Peace

  • Saud Faruqi on March 19, 2007, 7:44 GMT

    Mr. Woolmer was a great student of the game of cricket. He was decent enough to put up with players like Shoaib Akhtar, when many a lesser gentlemen would have quit their job. He was not very expressive but always showed good mannerism and calm demeanor. May God Almighty rest his soul.

  • Aman Harees - Sri lanka on March 19, 2007, 7:43 GMT

    i am aboslutely shocked, God bless his poor soul for taking up this hard job. I think it was the strees but what a great man.

  • Mahmood on March 19, 2007, 7:41 GMT

    On behalf of all the Pakistani fans, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Bob. He was truly a great man. We will definitely miss him as a great person.

    Rest in peace Bob..

  • hamza on March 19, 2007, 7:40 GMT

    to the person who said Bob was a great couch.. its coach.. I cant tell you how said I am.. Pakistan let him down and because of PCBs recent history with coaches he knew his future was not too bright. Stress got to him and now he is not here with us.. <3 Bob Woolmer.. may Allah let him rest in peace

  • Vinayak Rao on March 19, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    I am deeply saddened by the untimely death of Bob Woolmer. He has done wonders as a coach and Woolmer- Inzamam combination worked very well. (The recent test win in South Africa, series win against India, drawn series against India in India). This despite the infighting within the team and drug scandals. Still former players like Imran Khan and Zaheer Abbas always criticised him. Their public outburst against him in Indian sports news channels just before the world cup showed how badly they are after him when they need to support the team. Mr. Khan, you won the world cup but you were blessed with young Akrams and Inzys and not because of your great captaincy alone. Woolmer and Inzy have done well and your critical comments would have hurt them deeply.

  • Dr. Syed Erfan Asif on March 19, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    Like millions others, I am also saddened by this incident. My heartfelt condolences to Woolmer's family and friends. He had some feelings inside and could not take the burden of this paltry performance followed by shameful defeat by Ireland. On the other hand, like all other shameless characters in Pakistani camp, the chief selector has proudly announced that he will not even resign from his position as he doesn't (like all others) find himself responsible for this defeat. Bravo!!Welldone Wasim Bari!!, Welldone Nasim Ashraf!!Welldone Inzi!! And by the way thanks for stepping down from ODIs. Although very little, however even this level of courage by you would be welcomed.

  • Sal on March 19, 2007, 7:38 GMT

    What a shocker!

    Bob’s words are echoing in my ears as I had a chance to meet him personally last year.

    I said, “You are doing a wonderful job”, he replied “Ahh I am not too sure about that…” with dissatisfaction and frustration written all over his face.

    I have always wondered how it would have been for a true professional like him to work for some disreputable and unprincipled bunch in Pakistan. To deal with them day-in day-out and listen to their crap!

    I do not want to paint the whole wall in one color, but that’s the reality. I have dealt with the people in that part of the world professionally, some are good, but the mass is discourteous, unprofessional and globally-challenged, yet they all claim to be “well-educated”.

    I have always had a great respect towards Bob and like many others I am shaken and sad on his sudden demise. May God rest his soul in peace and give courage to his family to bear this huge loss.

  • Syed Rahman Bokhari on March 19, 2007, 7:35 GMT

    Shocking & heart breaking news, can't digest it. Pak Ireland humiliation & then the loss of great coach for modern era, unblievable & utterly disappointing for our cricket.End of a great chapter, deepest condolence to his entire family, he will definately remembers for his services to England, South Africa(a team that truely utilize him) and Pakistan (unlucky fellows, never have enough skills to utilize a genious). May God rest his soul in heaven

  • waqas on March 19, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    the loss of Bob puts things in perspective, does it not? Dear Bob lost his life, over a criket game. It makes no sense to me. Go well Bob, we will miss you, sir

  • aamirakhund on March 19, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    BOB U WILL BE MISSED. in a short time bob had made a special place in many hearts among all cricket lovers. i think its time we grieve for him and be with his family in this time of their trouble.

  • Hesh on March 19, 2007, 7:31 GMT

    Terrible loss. This shows the character of the man and how deeply he was involved with cricket.

    Rest in peace and I offer my condolences for his family.

  • Khurram on March 19, 2007, 7:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran, It was indeed a tragedy.But look how sincere he was with Pakistan that the defeat was so shocking that he could not survive.This shows his professionalism and a lesson for the rest of the people that this is called true love,devotion and sincerity with the job . He died as a true Pakistani who loves the name Pakistan because a bad name on Pakistan cost his life. May God rest his soul in peace Ameen!My heartiest condoloences to his family members.

  • Ravi on March 19, 2007, 7:24 GMT

    It was brave of Woolmer to stay on with the Pakistan team after the infamous Test Series against England and Shoaib Akhtar/Md Asif episodes. Hope wisdom descends on Pakistan Cricket to treat the game and the cricketers more professionally and clinically. Pakistan perhaps has more talent than any other country in the world.

  • Muhammad Ashfaq on March 19, 2007, 7:23 GMT

    This is huge loss for Pakistan cricket. He was our guest.I just want to say he live for cricket and also die for it.I am deeply hurt by the news on Bob Woolmer. He was a good coach and as former England captain said he was good inventor of the game. All our sympthies are with the family of Bob. On this sad ocassion pakistani nation and cricket lover all our the world are with them.

  • Sri Lankan on March 19, 2007, 7:20 GMT

    To all of them who are blaming the work load he was entrusted with, pcb admin, pak team blah blah blah for Bob's demise..., pls note death doesnt come before or after its decreed time. when the time is right we all will have to leave the comforts of this world. Its a good reminder for all of us (cricket fans) that there is much more than just cricket and ask ourselves "ARE WE PREPARED TO MEET ALLAH IF THE ANGEL OF DEATH COMES TO TAKE OUR SOUL RIGHT NOW WHILE WE ARE READING THIS". Just think abt it!!!!!! My deepest condolences to Bob's family and close relatives/ friends

  • Ghazan Khan on March 19, 2007, 7:18 GMT

    Death is always tragic; it should be, especially when it is someone whom you care about. We all care about cricket and so we do about Bob too. To lose him like this, it is a tragedy. He deserved better for all the effort he put into cricket, even when it was for a nation not his own. That is a true cricketer. Some might say its just a game. Not for us, cricket is more than a game, it is almost THE only reason for hope (in a sense), unity and sense of pride. By losing you Bob, we lose that hope. I feel we have lost a part of Cricket. My thoughts go out to the family, may they remain strong in this difficult time.

    and I am sorry but I just cant help saying this now, the only beacon of hope I had from my home country is lost today. There was never any hope for Pakistan as a country in the first place for what has been going on but with our actions, we have shown that we do not even have any hope as individuals also. Our souls are DEAD.

    (in response to Inzi's retirement and offcourse all those discarded coaches who never liked a "foren coach" whose mouths are watering now that Bob is out of the way, shame on you that we had to bring someone from outside to do your job, speaks for your abilities all too well).

  • Tariq Izhar Khan on March 19, 2007, 7:12 GMT

    He was to coaching what Bradman was to batting. God bless his soul.

  • Ishtiaq Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 7:06 GMT

    Bob has sacrified his life to prove he wanted Paksintan to win at any cost. Defeat to pakistan meant Bob's death.

  • Sumair Tirmizi on March 19, 2007, 7:01 GMT

    “Bob we all love you….. No way of forgetting you…we all Pakistani and all over cricket fan deeply hurt about your incident. We ask every one to remember you in there prayers…. We will call you a Sheed for Pakistan…..Inshallah Allah will bless you and you will be playing cricket in haven….. Inshallah your dream will come true about Pakistan will win other matches and World cup 2011 in your memory…we will miss always..”

  • Amish on March 19, 2007, 7:00 GMT

    I really wish to offer my humble condolences to Bob's family. At this SAD moment the least we can do is to PRAY for his soul to Rest in Peace. May the allmighty give strength to his family.

  • sav on March 19, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    i'm a pakistani american now settled in pakistan. i had no clue about cricket until i got married seven years ago. now as a passive follower of pakistani cricket, thanks to my husband's passion for the game, i truly came to adore "Woolmie" as he is known at our house. i was stunned speechless when i read the headline in the paper today. and as i sit here reading about his love for the game, i cannot for the life of me stop crying. as i wipe my tears all i can think of is how pure a person he was to care so truly for the betterment of our country's cricket. more than the pathetic atheletes who play it. i am so depressed and upset. as a pakistani. as a fan. and as a new student of this old game of cricket. I feel so bad for his family who has lost a husband and father. my heart aches. May Allah bless you Woolmie with eternal rest.

  • Hammad Tauqeer on March 19, 2007, 6:58 GMT

    He was one of the best coaches and when he came I was personally very excited, he did give us more then expected, but the sad part is that we again wasted everything and in the end our castle crumbled, which started to deteriote in the series against England. I hope ex-players like Javed (who sorry to say is one of the most idiotic expert I have ever heard that guy just blunts rubbish) take it easy. I also like to offer my condolences to Bob's family. He was a pioneer that finished politics and made a mediocar personality like inzi into a captain. I also wish inzi the best and hope his and Bob's legacy is not marked by the Ireland defeat.

    And younis khan can now jump rope all he wants.

  • Vivek Kapoor on March 19, 2007, 6:57 GMT

    I say it with utter disgust that at times a game is more important than life itself.....its high time we take cricket as only a GAME. Bob Woolmer will be missed by all cricket fans around the world....

  • kamran beg on March 19, 2007, 6:57 GMT

    i am in utter shock, stunned silence actually, bob was a soft-spoken decent man who tried to bring a sense of professionalism in pakistani cricketers. may God Bless him and his family.

  • jawad on March 19, 2007, 6:56 GMT

    True professional,will be remembered for years.

  • MD Virani on March 19, 2007, 6:52 GMT

    First, I want to clear that th loss to Ireland was not the fault of the Coach, it was the players who should be given a thrashing and made accountable. The President of Pakistan who is the Cheif Patron should ask for the resignation of the following persons and make sure all of them do resign,Naseem Ashraf and his team comprising of Saleem Altaf, PH Mir and co. Cheif Selector Wasim Bari was the most stupid selector Pakistan ever have, he should also resign. Its good Inzi has resigned himself and Mushtaq Ahmed who was the bowlling coach in place of Waqar Yunis, should resign too. Also we should permanently drop average and bit n pieces players like Imran Nazir, Muhammad Hafeez, Rana Naveed, Kamran Akmal. We need players who have very good technique and a good cricketing brain. And in the last, Yunus khan should not be made captain of the cricket team, he is the most stupid person in the team after Inzi. If President Musharraf doesnot act, then he should also be labelled as the Greatest Stupid of all and such results will come in the future as well. We need an explanation from all the PCB management!!!

  • Zia on March 19, 2007, 6:51 GMT

    RIP Bob. Pakistani criket killed the poor soul. i dont knw wat to say or how to express my feelings. these two are the worst days for pakistan cricket and its fans. unfortunate to say the least.

  • Zea on March 19, 2007, 6:50 GMT

    All said and done But Thing is We as a nation killed a thorough gentleman. So sorry Bob. Wish it hadnt come to this. Rest in Peace.

  • Hassan Maulana on March 19, 2007, 6:49 GMT

    When Bob took over the mantle of Pakistan coach in 1994 he knew it was the most challenging decision of his life.Pakistan was languishing at no.7 in the world rankings in both the test and one dayers. Didnt he change Pakistan's fortunes by elevating them to no 3 in both formats of the game.At one point Pakistan was no.2 in the test rankings.All this was due to Bob's incredible coaching prowess. Pakistan will never have a coach the calibre of Bob.Thank you Bob for your unflinching service to the Pakistan team.The Pakistan team and the public owe you a dept of gratitude.

  • Sayed Ibrar Hashimi on March 19, 2007, 6:46 GMT

    Shock! Shock! Shock! I can't beleive it, I am stunned by the sudden death of BOB WOOLMER. He was really a man who had senses & feelings of winning. He lived for cricket & died for it. It would have been better if the 15 man squad was died. It is shame on the PAK SQUAD that they still live & bowed heads.

    I can still remember his Q/A with Junaid Jamshid in Edgebston on July 2004

    Junaid Jamshed asked him during the England toud of Pakistan, what is like to beat your country and Bob was famously quoted as saying;

    "I am a Pakistani, I live in Pakistan, I will die in Pakistan, and will be burried in Pakistan"

    Thank you for the memories Bob, I am sure there's a place in heaven for you

    I pay my condonlence to his family. May ALLAH rest his soul in peace. AMEN!

  • Faraz Rizvi on March 19, 2007, 6:43 GMT

    Bob did TRY to make a difference and was a 200% team man, its an irony that all his efforts done in the last 2 years had to go down the drain the was it did against IRELAND, I dont know the actual reason for his death but one thing is for sure that he was deeply hurt by Pakistan's LOWEST performance ever in International cricket... Rest in peace Bob, we loved u as a human being..

  • Asim - Riyadh on March 19, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    He worked day and night for betterment of Pakistan cricket ..... my heartiest condolences to his family and well wishers.

    Its about time we should realise that Cricket is just a SPORT !!!

  • Amanzeb Khan on March 19, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    I am deeply saddened by the news. I always thought he was a dedicated individual and great coach stuck in an indisciplined and disorganised setup. Let all of us take this moment to pay tribute to a wonderful gentleman and a great cricketing brain. We as a nation should learn from this. We need to rediscover the fact that cricket is just a game. Its a sport. We have stopped enjoying it as a nation by being over obesessed with constant success. In doing so we are losing the joy of the game and placing unimaginable pressure on the team and its management. And nobody can perform in sport when they are not enjoying it. My request to the whole nation on this sad moment is to take it as a sport, enjoy the game and let those involved with the game enjoy it too. Lets bring the joy and pleasure back into this wonderful game called cricket.

  • Syed Shoaib on March 19, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    I'm really saddened by his death. May Allah have mercy on him.No doubt he was a great human being who worked with all dedication to bring Pakistan team forward,but team due to its mental fragility failed him. May Allah grant him Jannah.

  • Karthik on March 19, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    I am deeply shocked to know that Bob is no more. Definitely he tried his level best to improve the cricket in Pakistan for that he should be remembered for ever. I am happy that lots of Pakistani friends do believe that way. My heartfelt condolence to Bob's family. May his soul rest in peace. Thanks

  • pervaizkhan on March 19, 2007, 6:41 GMT

    Every cricket lover Pakistani would regard the sevices of MrBOB,he did his best to improve the skills of our team. He deserves recognition from PCB, govt of pakistan and all pakistanis. BOB had such a loving personality that he will be remembered for long.A smiling face who would ignore ill doings of others and concentrate on his job. MrBOB we allwill miss you .When the chips were down you were the syomble of hope for the cricket in pakistan.

  • arshad khan on March 19, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    thanks Bob. U were the best coach the world have ever seen sorry we did't recognize you and we lost you in our politics.Sorry we did't respected you.Sorry we rushed on you.But at last we loved you as the part of our family and you will remain our part our pakistani part for ever for ever whenever there will be cricket.

  • Mohammad Athar Hameed on March 19, 2007, 6:38 GMT

    I have met Bob when he was in Australia with Pakistani team. I still remember his joke to Razaq and Mohammad yousaf(when they were to play for World Eleven).Deaf and blind Olympic held in Melbourne at the same time. He jokes to Razaq andf Yousaf that I have 15 Blind and Deaf player who should play in this deaf and Blind olympic. We Will Miss you BOB. Athar, Melbourne, Australia

  • Gohar hasan on March 19, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    Ahh!!! Bob Woolmer Dies, surely all the playing eleven against Ireland was the culprits for his death. After suffering a most embarced defeat, he loses his life and this lead him to Death.

  • Syed Tanvir Haider on March 19, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    First of all my condolences to Bob Woolmer's family. Cricket has not only lost a cricketer but also a great ambassador and a gentleman. He was doing a herculian job in trying to bring the Pakistani team to great heights. When i learned about his joining the Pakistani team in 2004, i quietly said a prayer for his success hoping against hope that he will be able to make a difference in Pakistan cricket team in particular and Pakistani cricket in general. It is probably the most demanding job in the world of sports to coach a pakistani team. He not only had to fight and gel the eleven or 16 "wives" in the team but also the team officials as well as the whole Pakistani Board setup. It is almost near to impossible to try and make a team of brilliant individuals to become a combined force. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. I am sure that the learned and educated cricket community of cricket in Pakistan will always remember Bob as an English player/coach who Became PAKISTANI. God rest his soul in peace and give his family the courage and strength to deal with this tragedy. Amen

  • Daaniyal Masum on March 19, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    Just cannot stop thinking about Bob.... I feel like I have lost a good friend.....

    I MISS BOB... :(

  • nwak on March 19, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    this is condolences to bob and his family. on a side note,things just seem to be getting worse for us pakistanis every passing day...wonder what's next.

  • TK on March 19, 2007, 6:29 GMT

    In Memoriam

    Bob Woolmer, Goodbye, Khuda Hafiz, Alavedha You will be missed by millions of fans. You were not only a great cricketer, But a kind, humane, human being. We all thought we knew you well, But alas, No! You would go that far! You would give your life, To a cause you believed in. Cricket will always remember you, Thanks for all the things you accomplished. Thanks for all the memories, on and off the filed, Salam, Namasté, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Bob Woolmer, May God Bless You!

    Cricket is Cricket; after the last over, and the last innings, the life goes on. The following is an English translation of a famous poem by the poet of the East Allama Iqbal.

    “Epilogue” by Allama Iqbal

    When, to leave earth, I gathered what was mine, To have known me through and through was each man’s claim; But of this traveler none knew truly what he Spoke, or to whom he spoke, or whence he came.

  • Mustafa from D.C. on March 19, 2007, 6:28 GMT

    Volunteering to become the non-desi coach of a South Asian cricket side takes guts and a taste for adventure. Bob did it for years with brilliance, class and results. On top of that, he was such a warm and genuine person. I am deeply saddened by his demise. Cricket is poorer without him.

  • Ishtiaq Alam on March 19, 2007, 6:21 GMT

    It is sad and ironic how being as thoughtful as he was (cheered the pakistan team right after their most recent loss) in making sure "his boys" were always mentored and looked after, that Bob Woolmer passed away in solitude. I am sure the entire Pakistan team and others included would have liked to have rushed him to the hospital a few hours earlier had they known any better. I also feel its extremely distasteful, perhaps not surprising hailing from the medical profession where life and death maybe a matter of business as usual, for Kamran Abbasi to suggest how in the end "he (Bob) failed." A mere loss in a match, a game that unites people, or a tournament is minscule compared to matters of life and death. Even Shoaib Akhtar shows his character when he is all praise in his obituary comments given their tumultous relationship. Thankfully, from reading most of the comments from other readers, the majority of whom are shocked and saddened, have a deeper understanding of the price Bob Woolmer paid in the end. Rest assured Bob, you not only left an entire nation, but the entire cricketing world and fans all around proud of your achievements.

  • Kashif Qadir on March 19, 2007, 6:20 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was not only a great coach but a true scholar of cricket , such a pity that he wasted his time with a team of Pakistans caliber , mind that I am not talking in terms of talent but mental strength. My deepest condolences to his family. We as a nation and cricketing world owe to Bob, and I agree that he should be given a award from Pakistan higher authorities. Our cricket teams last gift to great coach was untimely retirement announcement of our (leave to Allah and do nothing himself) captain. I want to say this to Inzamam , for God sake you should have waited for two days. What is all management doing, PJ Mir, Talat Aziz. All public money going to drain. Well done Mr Naseem Asharaf for hiring individuals like these. I am deeply saddened about how this episode has been handled and how Pakistan lost to Ireland.

  • Talal Hasan Cambridge on March 19, 2007, 6:16 GMT




  • Mahmood Ahmad on March 19, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    "In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket" what an ironic end of the very unfortunate story.

  • Daaniyal Masum on March 19, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    LOOSING BOB......

    Bob Woolmers death is only just starting to sink in…

    As a crazy Pakistan cricket fan who has stuck with this sorry team for much of my’s all getting too much now and im finding it hard to hold back the tears at the sorrow I feel on loosing Bob…and here was I feeling relieved that the PCB was talking about extending Bobs contract when it expired….

    Here was a good, decent man and an excellent and innovative coach…a man crazy enough to step into the snake pit that is Pakistan cricket..a snake pit that has eaten up men of substance and spit them out with alarming regularity…he was a brave man to take on the job of coaching this bunch of thankless loosers and he paid for his courage with his life..

    It will always be my belief that the players killed him…..apparently it was only the ‘foreign’ coach that felt that he had received a mortal wound through the humiliation at the hands of the Irish….it shows me how much he cared for us as a cricket team…for me as a loyal Pakistan cricket fan and for Pakistan in general……

    Im truly agonized over this and it will take me buckets of time to get over this….in the good old days…it should have been Inzamam to have taken the honourable route and literally fell on his sword and commited hara-kirri to save whatever little honour he had left…. A swift blade to the stomach…a downwards and sideways movement of the short sword…and probably a Mohammad Hafeez to finish the job from above when it got too much for the captain…but I think that sort of thing is a bit much too expect from Inzamam who apparently was too scared to even move up the order ..something every Pakistani with half a brain was calling for…we asked for his courage and selflessness…and we got his timidity and selfishness…we deserved better…by God we deserved better….!!!!!!

    Bob was the best coach we EVER had (Javed Miandad can go to hell for all I care)…the sincerety that bob brought to the job was amazing…the fact that it all began to unravel after the oval fiasco wasn’t his fault…it was the fault of the players…of Inzamam (fine player but the absolute worst captain in our cricketing history) and the PCB….and we ALL know fact….I will point out that this is another example that whatever the Mullah’s touch…turns to shit faster than you can say ‘oh shit’…….!!!!!and don’t pretend you don’t know it…

    Apparently it was ONLY BOB WOOLMER WHO APOLOGISED to the Pakistani public after the loss…something the players and that buffoon of a captain Inzamam never bothered to do…pretty clear who was more invested in Pakistan cricket at WC 2007….

    Bobs total commitment to Pakistan cricket was apparent for any Pakistan cricket fan who cared to listen to what he said and saw what he did…to see how every defeat pained him at a personal level…He would have kept trying…would have kept working with our team till his body would allow him im sure…im dead sure of it…

    The fact that he is gone is a loss for cricket….and a loss for this sorry, sorry Pakistan team....I doubt it if they will find a coach like Bob again..or a man brave enough to let his professional reputation ride on the actions of the Pakistan cricket team and the PCB……

    Rest in Peace Bob Woolmer..Rest in Peace…We know you did your best…We know you stuck it out….We knew your worth..

    I for one will Miss him like a pain…..May God have Mercy on his soul……

  • irfan on March 19, 2007, 6:16 GMT

    Why slaughter Zim? Why dedicate Pakistan's last match to Bob? Does Pakistan team worth dedicating anything to man of Bob's stature. When he was there no one cared, didnt listen to him, couldnt make his dream true. I know no words can express Bob's dedication, or his contribution to Pakistan Cricket, nor the grief his family is having. For so called Ex-greats like Miandad and Zaheer, if you got BALLS then come and prove yourself, with what Bob has done during his tenure. I bet they will never be able to do....even if they try it together. One thing i have realised... pakistan team along with Inzimam is nothing but PATHETIC AND HOPELESS!!!A piece of shit! My deepest sympathy to Bob's family. May his soul rest in peace!!!

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on all of Kamran's blogs) on March 19, 2007, 6:14 GMT

    Kamran: I am deeply saddened by the tragic demise of Bob, even though I have been the greatest supporter of a need for a Pakistani ex-cricketer for the position of national coach, I can assure that myself nor any one who ever condemned Bob for his strategies, would have wanted for this to happpen. He had become so close to our culture and Pakistan that it has come as a great shock. A sad ending indeed for a man with good intentions. My prayers are with his family.

  • Centurion, SA on March 19, 2007, 6:13 GMT

    Bob Woolmer will always have a place in the hearts of South African cricket supporters. He will be remembered for all that he gave us. We would not be where we are today if not for him. Our prayers are with him and his family. You will not be forgotten.

    I know, at least, when I get to heaven, who will be coaching the 1st eleven.

  • TK on March 19, 2007, 6:13 GMT

    In Memoriam

    Bob Woolmer, Goodbye, Khuda Hafiz, Alavedha You will be missed by millions of fans. You were not only a great cricketer, But a kind, humane, human being. We all thought we knew you well, But alas, No! You would go that far! You would give your life, To a cause you believed in. Cricket will always remember you, Thanks for all the things you accomplished. Thanks for all the memories, on and off the filed, Salam, Namasté, Au revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, Bob Woolmer, May God Bless You!

    Cricket is Cricket; after the last over, and the last innings, the life goes on. The following is an English translation of a famous poem by Allama Iqbal.

    “Epilogue” by Allama Iqbal

    When, to leave earth, I gathered what was mine, To have known me through and through was each man’s claim; But of this traveler none knew truly what he Spoke, or to whom he spoke, or whence he came.

  • Faisal Taquie on March 19, 2007, 6:12 GMT

    He should be given a state burial and a nishan-e-imtiaz. He was the most committed individual in the PCB to win the world cup for pakistan. our nation must honor his committment and loyalty in the most passionate way possible!

  • Abdur Razzak on March 19, 2007, 6:12 GMT

    First of all my deepest condolences for Bob's family.Pakistan has lost a fatherly figure, more than a coach he was a well wisher for the players.He understood every player importantly brought unity among the cricketers.It's true their were few grey areas during his tenture as coach.But the truth is he was better than the rest who coached pakistan.Sad way to end though.MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL IN PEACE.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 19, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    I do remember the last few glimpses of Bob sitting with Afridi, both were looking very sombre. Again, they showed Bob standing alone and leaning out at the balcony railing, as the match was slipping away, he buried his head in to his chest in dismay and total disbelief. Why was he there so alone? Perhaps sometimes, "solitude is more than enough company". As I was contemplating that it was the last time we saw him alive, is indeed a very sad moment. Only he knew how he was feeling then, but he may not have thought that it will be his last match that he will witness. Can we ever measure the mood by the shape and deepness of the footprints which Bob has left behind? They are so deep routed, embedded with the weight of disdain, the moments of joy and sorry, of hate and love, of arguments and agreements, of sharing and caring. I still can't believe Bob is gone!

    Calgary highlander: You are right, Pak will play the last game and the officials have confirmed it. But, I don't know how they will play with such a heavy heart. The team is emotionally shattered and to play a game so soon is asking too much. But, I still suggest that the whole team should go to South Africa or wherever his family is and pay condolence to his family in person. PCB has so much money and I am sure they can afford this expense for Bob's sake.

    About Sarfaraz Nawaz and that petty journalist Hamid Mir or whoever he is, the less you talk about such people the better it is. How can they be so cruel to pass such petty comments about a person who gave away his life for cricket. We all say things in the heat of the moment, but never really mean it, but to say something bad about him NOW is a sin. Just pray for him and for his family. Its an irreparable loss for his family may God give them the courage to face this great loss also, rest his soul in peace.

    Posted by: Harish H at March 19, 2007 12:10 AM

    Harish, so far SL has proved that they are the strongest team in the group, so both India and BD will have a tough time against them. But, its not just a matter of Sri Lanka Vs. India that will be the decider for India to move ahead. It is also Bermuda Vs. Bangladesh game that will be the deciding factor. And, BD will play against Bermuda keeping in mind how many runs they have to score so as to keep ahead of India in terms of better run rate So, even if India wins against SL, the run rate would become the deciding factor.

  • Daniyal on March 19, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    This is indeed a sad day for Pakistani cricket. Pakistan has lost a man who not only was passionate about our cricket but wanted to make a significant change to Pakistan cricket.

    I am saddened by the fact when people think back to Bob's death they will recall the pathetic performance that lead to it. I think he deserved better he deserves to be remembered as a super coach not by the pathetic performance of his charges who never listened to him.

    RIP Bob you're a national hero. Pakistan pays tribute to you.

  • Ali Memon on March 19, 2007, 6:07 GMT

    Sir Bob proved every thing and give us a big example. Now its Our turn to learn our mistakes.. Forget about the past and think about the future!

  • Sabeen on March 19, 2007, 6:06 GMT

    To the people blaming bob woolmers death on the pakistani players you digust me. for once stop the blame game. its just a game. I was disappointed when pakistan lost but nothing prepared me for this. RIP Bob Woolmer and condolences to his family. . Reading the article on cricinfo about people in pakistan chanting death to bob woolmer and death to inzamam in is the most disgusting thing i have ever read i feel so ashamed that pakistanis could stoop that low just for a game. shame on you

  • Prasad on March 19, 2007, 6:03 GMT

    lets hope this incident serves some good purpose, such as reform within Pakistan board. It is not right that a good honest man die because of stress (that pakistan is out of the WC) while ppl like Shoaib Akhtar (who only want the glory of fast bowling, but don't put in any honest effort), or other members of the team are living.

    Is pakistan cricket so bad that it takes the life of even a neutral coach ?

  • Asad Abbasi on March 19, 2007, 6:02 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    I think you have dealt with the circumstances of Mr. Woolmer's death with nobility.

    Mr. Woolmer will not only be missed by Pakistan but by cricket. An innovative coach who did indeed try to do his job despite the political issues that blight Pakistani sport.

    In light of your open letter after the Ireland defeat, I think you have dealt with the situation very well. You had to make those points and Mr. Woolmer would more than likely have been pragmatic about the issues you raised. I hope you don't feel as though you have to justify yourself in light of his tragic death. You don't and Mr. Woolmer would have understood (and probably still does).

    The team is responsible for their spineless displays. What more motivation does one need than pulling on the green jersey of Pakistan in a World Cup? Neither Mr. Woolmer nor Inzamam can change that mindset. Our preparations were more than likely unprofessional but in terms of leadership - Mr. Woolmer facilitated the appropriate coordination and management of the team. The motivation and leadership should have come from Inzamam. Football and cricket are two very different sports and the coach in Cricket has never played a similar role as the coach in Football. I love Inzamam for all he is but a captain he never was. His lethargy was always clear and a man who could barely run between the wickets wasn't exactly a team's perfect role model.

    In any case. More important issues come to light. Like how a family will come to terms with such a loss. Inna lillahil wa inna illeyhil raji'oon.

    Not a relation...but I live with your cousin Shehzad in Dubai.


    Asad Abbasi

  • Sheheryar Khan on March 19, 2007, 6:00 GMT

    This is such a sad day! I have not the words. My condolences to the Woolmer family. Life is such a strange thing ... so many of us were criticizing Bob left right and center, and today he is no more with us and now we realize what we had. May you rest in peace. My apologies if I ever said anything hurtful or over-critical.

  • Haseeb on March 19, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    He is indeed a big loss to cricket and specially pakistani cricket. My condolences to Mrs. Woolmer and family.

  • Atiq Alam on March 19, 2007, 5:55 GMT

    What more can I possible add - after reading all thats written above - the condolences, the thoughts, the honors and the criticism!

    "Hall of Fame"'s may have been made in the past, but this time Bob Woolmer was amongst the key members to rank Pakistan Cricket Team as Top-4 in the world. But I must say, I saw it tremble down after Darrel Heirs incident in England. The suspensions, the bans, the penalties, the browls, the defeats, the losses and now the death.

    How much has Pakistan lost in the last 6 months; and how much more, does it yet have to loose? Who can stand up to this continuous denigration and for how long?

    My condolences to the Woolmer family. My heart goes out thinking of the pain they may have been thru being so far apart when the skies fell. My sympathy and support with the Pakistan Cricket team to face such losses over the months. But I wish you courage and strength to pass this test. And honor is when you rise after the fall!

  • Ramzan on March 19, 2007, 5:52 GMT

    Rest in peace Bob, He was a great cricketer and a has lost one of its greatest men. You have done a great job Bob, eventhough Pakistan team could not make it through to super is not your never can be...It is the fault of all players on field (cannot blame a captain or certain player)..performance of every and each player is important for team's success. you can teach a guy how to swim, give him instructions, paractice...etc...but if he get into the water and fails to do so, it is not your have done your job...the guy just can't do it...Pakistani team has the potential to beat the best in the world...accordingly....they can lose to a school team too...its all about their will miss you...

  • Syed Azeem Amer on March 19, 2007, 5:51 GMT

    I think this loss cannot be compensated at any level. Bob was such a great man, I met him a few times he was great. Pakistan government and board should pay tribute to this hero of the national side. He has taken huge tension of Pakistan defeat. Truly he was a man of honour and we all will pray and pay tribute.... Bob may God treat you well.... We all love you

  • Adnan Siddiqi on March 19, 2007, 5:50 GMT

    Offcourse Bob couldn’t bear the pressure of deat. We just can’t blame 11 men or Cricket managment. Pakistanis in general also reacted wildly and ignorantly. What I personally think that Bob has been killed, whether 11 guys in field killed him, people in PCB killed him or 16 corore Pakistanis who were always loved by Bob and they in return gave him nothing but insults and abuses. I don’t know the real answer, only Bob would tell us “the day” the reality of his sudden death. What I feel that Bob was very dearer to me like many other Pakistanis and I realized it after his death

  • Murteza Haider on March 19, 2007, 5:50 GMT

    The sad demice of Bob woolmer has a deep effect on me. I was stunned with sorrow when i first read this news on news papper. For me, he was a man with great valour and self respect. But the whole Pakistani team has let down him due to their pothetic defeat over world cup minnows. Well, a line was continously quoted on our media, "Jeet ke Jeo". Now i think it should be like this for the whole Pakistani team,"Aisee haar pe doob maro".

  • Sidra tariq on March 19, 2007, 5:49 GMT

    It is indeed a very shocking , we are being tested , one shock then another. There was no grudge against BOB , he did his best to improve Pakistan team and how passionately he was associated with all the players and the game . His demise is so sudden and shocking ,one had not expected such thing.And then Inzamam's decision , stress and disappointment , shocking news , inside and outside Pakistan. I have no words to express how deeply we'll miss him . My deeep heartfelt condolence , He had become a part of Pakistan and his loss cant be replaced . I hope things go well for Pakistan and May his soul rest in peace. We all will miss you deeply !

  • ARJUN MURALI on March 19, 2007, 5:48 GMT

    great sportsperson,a great coach and a great man who gave his entire life for cricket and died for it

  • Hashar Muhmood on March 19, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    Dear Bob Woolmer

    Come Back, You are Life Time Coach Of Pakistan Cricket Team. You would be too much devoted to our team.We never thought. You are not only the champion of pakistan people also every one in the world who love cricket.

    Under your coaching we won alot matches. YOU ARE GREAT ,YOU ARE GREAT ...... MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PEACE. MY HEART FEELS CONDOLENCE TO BOB FAMILY. COME BACK BOB,COME BACK BOB......WE MISS YOU,WE MISS YOU.....................WE LOVE YOU, WE LOVE YOU................................

  • Ashish Abraham on March 19, 2007, 5:47 GMT

    i am shell shocked like everybody else. It just goes to show how fanatic we fans are. It has resulted in the loss of a life. He wanted to improve Pakistan cricket and has lost his life as a price for it. It is a lesson to everybody not to take a game so seriously. We all love our country but let us look at a game like a game.

  • Haider Mahmud, Pakistan on March 19, 2007, 5:45 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's tragic death is a very sad moment for Pakistan cricket. We do not acknowledge that he did make a notable difference. it is easy to criticise him but let that not overshadow the things he achieved. Barring the last few months when the team crumbled after the ball tempering, doping faiscos, Woolmer has brought a cosnderable level of maturity in our batting aswell as the strength in our bowling lineup to stand up despite missing frontline bowlers. Yes he was not able to find the right pair of openers and our failures on grassy, seaming tracks continued but why is he to blame for that. We keep forgetting that our batting has always struggled on such tracks and also that he alone cannot make an opener. Woolmer we will miss you. You were a great team man. You did a lot for this team. May your soul rest in peace.

  • Niaz Hussain Jagirani on March 19, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    I was shocked when I listened this news on Dubai Radio at 10.30 pm. my condolence with his family and Pakistan team.

  • Jamshed Azhar on March 19, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    Thank you sir, the "cricketers" appreciate what you did for us.

  • Umair from SF, CA on March 19, 2007, 5:35 GMT

    Bob took Pakistan's defeat literally to heart ...he deserved better !!! His sincere desire to see Pakistan win was greatly under estimated by many. Hope PCB can do something special for him to show their gratitude. PCB should get their act together and start recruiting player who have at least some college education who can appreciate quality and understand the challanges of modern cricket. Good Luck Inzi on your future endeavors. You have contributed a lot to Pakistan cricket. It is unfortunate that the exit is unceremonious...but it is what it is. Everything has a shelf life and anything beyond its shelf life starts to have indeed realized your time to walk away. Deepest of condolences to Bob's family.

  • Shahab on March 19, 2007, 5:35 GMT

    R.I.P Bob .... You have been an inspiration for pakitani cricket and cricket will be sorely missed

  • Nadir Siddiqi (Sydney, Australia) on March 19, 2007, 5:33 GMT

    We as a nation need to learn from this tragedy that, nothwithstanding our passion for cricket, at the end of the day its just a game and not a matter of life and death. I wonder what the people, who were chanting "Death to Inzi and Bob" after the Ireland match, thinking right now? We must reduce the tremendous pressure that the Pakistani cricket team and its management is subjected to by us. Bob Woolmer did tremendous service to the Pakistan team and was a national hero despite the failure in the world cup. Lets give our heroes a chance and ease back on the extreme expectations we have from them in every tournament and series. Let them do their jobs as professionals. There is plenty of pressure in international cricket as it is. I offer my heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and friends on his tragic and untimely death. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

  • Ali on March 19, 2007, 5:32 GMT

    bob woolmer, aik hi ghairat mand tha, baqyoon main ghairat hoti tou sab marr jatay...

  • Syed Saqib Masood on March 19, 2007, 5:32 GMT

    This is a vey sad day indeed. Cricket has lost one of the greatest coach and a true pioneer. He will be surely missed. He gave Pakistan some hope of turning around their fortunes, even if it was for a brief period. Thank You Bob, God bless your soul.

  • Anand K on March 19, 2007, 5:31 GMT

    Pray to God that your soul rest in peace Bob. To the ardent fans of the sub-continent. We're all passionate and as disappointed in defeat, but its only a sport with a primary objective of lightening up our lives. Lets strive not to build such a pressure chest around it that it takes its toll on the lives of those associated with it. They are our heroes, but heroes do fail. Lets not nail them for it.

  • zaheer muhammad on March 19, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    My condolences to Mrs. Woolmer and family. Pakistan will miss me he always seems that he wants the best for pakistani team.mushraf can yuo please give bob a pakistan citizenship in his honor and for his service for pakistan.

  • abrar on March 19, 2007, 5:29 GMT

    Deep condolonces to Bob's family, and his soul may rest in peace forever, He sacrified his life for the sake of cricket,he was a person who brought revolution in the world cricket&PAK cricket too, what could be a better proof that he collapsed after pakistan's historic loss to IRELAND part time cricketr's who came with the intention of just having a Carribean tour.

  • Omar on March 19, 2007, 5:28 GMT

    I am really shocked, and really sad. Pakistan team has to do something special for Bob. God bless him.

  • FARRUKH tOUHEED on March 19, 2007, 5:25 GMT

    A man who attrobute his life for cricket, born in india, citizen of South africa, played for England, Coach of PAkistan and died in W.Indies- All test playing nation a man for cricket in true sence

  • Tusar on March 19, 2007, 5:21 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with KB's last comment: n many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket and many millions of Pakistan cricket fans around the world are grateful to him for taking up the challenge.

    It was wasted. How many years does Pak establishment need to present a decent system and a team. It is a shame that a country with so much talent is not going anywhere.

  • Abbas Basravi on March 19, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    I am very sad and extremely disturbed today because of this shocking tragedy. Bob Woolmer has DIED - I could not believe it the first time i heard it. The past 2 days have had too many sad emotions running high.

    Since he took on the impossibly stressful job of coaching pakistan, he put up with a lot of people letting him down because he loved the game and the pakistan team and his No.1 goal was to give everything in his life to make pakistan succeed. Granted, his strategies did not always get their desired result on the cricket field but he did everything in his power. A lot of people around him did little to improve the team and he should have gotten the appreciation, cooperation and effort that he deserved and did not get from many of his colleagues and players. Their repeated failures undid all of Bob's earlier work and eventually culminated in the world cup exit. The pain and pressure of this caused his death, and they are largely responsible for this.

    Its like the world cup has come to a standstill. The cricket is a secondary issue now, after this tragedy. I pity the insane fans who called for the arrest of Bob and Inzamam after the ireland loss and who burn their effigies. Minnows can beat the biggest teams. Cricket is only a game. In the end, the death of a person really puts things into perspective. There is a limit to how much a coach can handle the kind of pressure that unmeasurably emotional fans and officials put on him.

    We only realize what a great coach we had after we lost him.

    Pakistan should give Bob a medal of honour for the love and dedication he put into pakistan cricket and the way he revamped the team's attitude (remember the tour of india in 2005 - that is what true champions are). I hope everyone involved in the team learn from Bob's legacy and continue his innovation. I hope now the team can finally unite in honour of Bob to start afresh.

    He was a brilliant coach and a sincere man. All of cricket has lost a great person. My sincere condolences go out to Bob's family and friends.

    Millions of us everywhere in the world appreciate everything you did for Pakistan. We all miss you Bob. Rest in Peace.

  • saeed on March 19, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    I am sorry.I never said it in words.Never wrote in blogs.However I always thought Bob Woolmer was one of the main causes of Pakistan's failures.I am sorry.I feel ashamed at my narrow thinking.Forgive us Bob Woolmer.After reading above letters, my eyes have opened.I shoud not think bad about somebody whom I dont know well.

  • Shawkat Shareef on March 19, 2007, 5:13 GMT

    Since I had developed the cognitive capacity to understand and to play the game of cricket, I had unconditionally devoted my soul to Pakistan cricket team. I have seen a lot: huge success, unprecented efforts to overcome the obstacle to win a match, the next-to-miracle innings by many. In other words, my love for Pakistan cricket only grew stronger and stronger and seemed immoveable by anything. Until the most shocking news in the history of the game: Bob died in his hotel room after the game. Let me tell you one thing: enough of ruthless patriarchy in Pakistan society and in its cricket. Rubbish, arrogant management coupled with absolutely naive and egoistic attitude of the captain took this man's life, nothing else. I feel so sad for him and his family; he had to go through so much within this short tenure only to experience some of the most unkind atmosphere surrounding him any time, on and off the field. Shame on Pakistan cricket board, shame of feudalistic mentality of many including the captain, shame on meaningless arrogance. Hopefully, his tragic death will be able to instill some sort of civilized character in Pakistan cricket.

  • Ehsan Ur-Rehman Khan Chattar of Mirpur AK on March 19, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    I hardly recovered from yesterdays defeat at the hands of Ireland when I heard that our beloved coach has been taken to hospital and then shortly after that the sad news of his demise. Everything happened so quickly that I am still in disbelief. Bob Woolmer was a father figure for Pakistan team. He did so much for Pakistan cricket lifting the team from absolute shambles to second ranked in both forms of game. Coaching Pak cricket team is a hot seat which does not allow anybody to sit on for a long time. Yet he brought stability and spirit in the team. Then came the unfortunate cycle of events in Pak cricket, which were out of his hands, that brought the team on the path of a steady decline. I saw Bob looking very disappointed in SA and then in the match against Ireland. I can’t forget when he was shaking his head when Shoaib Malik got out and then at the end of the match when I saw him packing his Laptop in a bag with a body language of a disheartened soul. To win the world cup was the dream of every Pakistani but his was a mission. I am so sorry that he could not succeed in his mission mainly due to mischievous of others. I have witnessed tears in the eyes of people where ever I went and everybody expressed the grief as if someone of their own has passed away. My heart goes out to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

  • aisha on March 19, 2007, 5:12 GMT

    RIP bob. my condolences to your family. for us, we never gave you the apprciation you deserved. you took up a great challenge in trying to turn our team around. a thankless job really, given all the politics, and youve died a dedicated coach and cricketer. for us, you left this world with a message for this team and for every Pakistan squad to come, a message of dedicatation to the game. May you rest in peace, and hopefully, the pcb will honor your death as it never did your life.

    you will be missed. im sorry it had to be this way :(

  • Rabi Zahid on March 19, 2007, 5:11 GMT

    Very tragic. He was a passionate and devoted man. A big loss to cricket.

  • KHAN on March 19, 2007, 5:11 GMT

    Dear Bob

    I know you can hear this. As a Pakistani I thank you for caring. I will never forget the look on your face when Pakistans last specialist batsman got out. I know you loved cricket and the world of cricket today salutes you. I have not heard a single Pakistani today who is not heart broken at the news. Thanks for being a part of us.

  • Fahd Shafiq on March 19, 2007, 5:10 GMT

    No one can doubt the commitment of the Late coach, it was there in front of our eyes in every match. It is traggic and amy God Bless his soul!

  • Srivatsan Sathyamoorthy on March 19, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    I am completely stunned on this very sad news. I could not believe it. I hope from this inciden, atleast, we subcontient fans (Ind, Pak, SL, Bngl) tone down the intensity of cricket. After all this is just a game. I feel terrible for such a big loss. He is THE coach who bought in technology to cricket. We, cricket fraternity, have lost one of the pioneers in Cricket World. I am so saddened.

    Rest in Peace, Bob Woolmer.

    - Srivats

  • Robert on March 19, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    Bloody typical I would say. One moment everyone is baying for his blood, the next singing his praises.

    Bob will be missed by all. His reach and impact has been felt across the globe.

    Rest well Bob. Greatest condolences to your family

  • Ganesh on March 19, 2007, 5:09 GMT

    My deepest condolences to Bob' family. RIP Bob. I think we all have to get our perspectives right. After all cricket is a game and we should not let our emotions overrule our behaviour. Being an Indian, I request Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappel to take it easy and not put themselves in undue stress. Also let us all have a sense of balance in both defeats and victories. After all life is more precious than victory in sport. To Theena, there is no hypocrisy in the expressions that have poured to condole Bob's death. I guess these are all natural reactions from humans who value life over anything else.

  • Daud malik on March 19, 2007, 5:02 GMT

    Sad and painful events are following each other at a pace that is leaving everyone numb. One wishes if people like Kamran Abbasi, Fakhre Alam (come to think of it, the crooner is also an expert), Imran Khan etc. could keep their "wise views" to themselves, only if for time being.

  • Reza on March 19, 2007, 5:01 GMT

    You were a true gentleman. I thought I was upset over the match, but that was nothing compared to how I feel now. Bob, we will miss you.

  • Rizwan on March 19, 2007, 4:59 GMT

    It's very sad indeed. May God give courage to his family. He was a pleasant, sincere man. I wonder why so many people on this forum are using this moment as a stick to beat the Pak team's religosity with?

  • Rabi on March 19, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    Very tragic. He was a passionate and devoted man. A big loss for cricket.

  • Syed Wajahat Ali on March 19, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    My sympathies are with Bob's family, he was and still is in my heart a man who had the integrity and the belief in the pakistani cricket to actually pay the ultimate price and take responsibility. A responsibility that was never his to take,and a cause that was ultimately impossible and any and all efforts for that cause were in vain. Nasim Ashraf and Inzamam this was your doing and SHAME ON ALL OF U!!! But alas you people do not have the same integrity or sense of responsibility that a non pakistani had. It is ironic that a non-pakistani in all of this was the true PAKISTANI of you shameless lot!! Bob you will always be a pakistani hero!! You will be missed greatly! I pray for your family and may Allah give them peace and Sabr

  • Hamad on March 19, 2007, 4:58 GMT

    Rest in Peace Bob. When Pakistan play Zimbabwe, the team plays in Bob's name, the fans support in Bob's name, and Pakistan Cricket will Inshallah re-build in his name.

  • anand on March 19, 2007, 4:54 GMT

    I still remember the last television footages of woolmer packing his laptop after loss to ireland. I never thought something like this would happen to true servant of cricket. rest in peace Bob Woolmer. You are wonderful coach and very good person. Will miss you

  • eddy on March 19, 2007, 4:53 GMT

    God bless Bob, may his soul rest in peace.

  • Shameer on March 19, 2007, 4:52 GMT

    Today Woolmer..tomarrow ????people of subcontinent must learn to behave with sportsman is not a religion,players are not god...if beach volley is a game ,then cricket is also simplyy a can we expect indisciplined,selfish and unproffesional teams like India and Pakistan to win all their matches........ each individual of this world has the right to do what he wants....if sehwag or younis don't want to to show commitment how is it possible for us to make them do so??do we have to keep their family on point blank region during their matches???? pleassee india and pakistan should not behave as a one sport country...we are those who gave birth to great jansher khan,dhyanchand and so...dont and never give unwanted emotions to cricket and dont give unwanted love and respect to the cricketers........Sorry woolmer you were a good person in a bad team and in a wrong world...may god bless you and your family..... once the players enter the world neither woolmer nor chappel nor even buchanan can control their players........Indians and Pakistanis.. dont buy any products for which our cricket players are the ambasadores

  • A Cricket Lover !!!! on March 19, 2007, 4:49 GMT

    There was a wetness in my eyes while writing about Great BoB. A man who really wanted to improve Pak Cricket and even sacrificed his life in the WC campaign 2007 of Pakistan. May Alimgihty Allah rest his soul in Peace and give his family patience to bear this loss. This is not the right time to discuss about Pak Cricket but this would be a unjustice not to talk about the Bob's proffesionality of coaching to grow the Pakistan cricket team to bring in the cosistancy in Pakistan's team like in Austraila. But sorry to say once again Pakistan once again is facing the delima of Mismanagment, corruption in Pakistan Cricket Board, nepotisim (as you can see in case of Mustaq Ahmed appointment as assistant coach and exclusion of Waquar Younus, this is a one example there are many more...........)Even Naseem Ashraf appointment who is lonely responsible for Pakistan defat in W.Cup 2007 due to his lack competency and knowledge about cricket. In the nutsell we can say Untill the whole PCB management won't be sincere and tursty people won't be appointed in PCB, our cricket even can't be improve in the future and in many more future cricket world cups. This situation is disastrous for the cricket nursery of Pakistan and pitfall in the growth of Pakistan's cricket young talent. At present nobody is sincere in PCB with Pakistan Cricket. This is a great drama in the shape of PCB, which displays acts and his incompetency to the 16 crores cricket lovers of Pakistan and plays with their emotions. We don't have transparency simply. We don't know how this structures would be come true and good. But only can keep praying. Almighty Allah Please save the Pakistan, Save the Pakistan from those snakes, who are really the enmies of Pakistan and those are our Pakistani people and our selected people but they love to cut the roots of Pakistan. A Cricket Lover

  • Matthew Jacob on March 19, 2007, 4:47 GMT

    I am saddened by Woolmer's death. Autopsy should shed light on the causes. I hope the results don't point towards involvement of some sort by the bookies etc. Given Pakistan lost to Ireland, such a thing is not beyond the realm of possibility.

  • Tikka Khan on March 19, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    "Pearls before swines" Well this is the only comment I can give on Bob Woolmer's death. He must have been a great coach but a WEAK one. When Asif and Shoaib were sniffing the white powder or when Younis Khan or Mohammed Yousaf were out playing poor shots or Kamran Akmal popping out lollies or when Iqbal was made the bowling coach. BOB SHOULD HAVE PUT HIS FOOT DOWN.

    I won't be surprised if somebody slipped IN some white powder in his last drink (remember there was Blood Vomit on his hotel room walls)

    Anyway I would'nt like to speak ill of somebody who cannot defend himself. May his soul rest in peace and I pray the next coach be a local one somebody like Javed or Sarfraz Ameen

  • Q Mulla on March 19, 2007, 4:46 GMT

    Bob's contribution to Pakistan cricket was always honest and whole hearted and for the better.

    In a more 'civilised' and less politicised work environment i believe he could have acheived more than he already had.

    RIP Bob, sympathies to your family.

  • Vineet on March 19, 2007, 4:45 GMT

    This World Cup is beginning to look like a nightmare now. Bob Woolmer's loss is a little too much to take. He really didn't deserve this. It's a sad day for Cricket. Rest In Peace, Bob.

  • Jawwad on March 19, 2007, 4:45 GMT

    I am deeply sadend by the sudden and sad demise of Woolmer aka "Boo bhai" as he was known in pakistan. I fully support what Junaid Jamshed has said and has been published in our newspapers, Woolmer should be given some civil award to recognize his services to pakistan Cricket which is evident by his death that he got effected so much by our defeat that he suffered a heart attack. I also feel that his body be flown to Pakistan before handing it over to his family as people of Pakistan would love to participate in the performance of his last rights. May Allah bless his soul (Amen)

  • Tughral T Ali on March 19, 2007, 4:43 GMT

    This is devastating news. My heart goes out to Woolmer's family. This is so tragic. Poor Woolmer. He was a decent man, and took the defeat to heart. Shame on all those who criticized him unfairly just because he was not a local. His professionalism and passion for cricket made him stand head and shoulders above all the other coaches and wannabe coaches.

    I hope we take some lesson from this; its a game. treat it like one. For Gods sake dont crucify people just for losing a game, and dont make them into gods for winning it either.

    The darkest day in Cricket.

  • Sheraz Alam on March 19, 2007, 4:41 GMT

    I dont have words to expres my grief. This is even a bigger loss than Ireland's game. He really put his heart n soul for Pakistan cricket. BOB WE THE PAKISTANI CRICKET FANS " SALUTE" YOU.

    Shame on inzi for still thinking that he ll be the part of pakistani test team and for YOUNIS KHAN , i only have @##$%^&& . He is a back stabber. Whole nation was stunned after the loss to W.Indies and here comes the Vice captain saying that strategy of Pak was wrong. It shows the dis-integration in the team and lust for captaincy.

  • Vinod Iyer on March 19, 2007, 4:39 GMT

    He will always be remembered as a coach who dared to experiment and think of doing ways differently. RIP Bob, u have a place in our indian hearts as well....

  • Usuf Arif on March 19, 2007, 4:38 GMT

    Bob was a great coach. Cricket lovers don't realise that their demands sometimes can take someone's life too. A great scholar of the game of cricket, he was also very innovative and passionate about cricket. His dream of making Pakistan team the next Australian team, speaks volumes of his passion for the game as well as the sub continent. My condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace! Amen.

  • John Beamish on March 19, 2007, 4:35 GMT

    It's a tragedy of Homeric proportions for Woolmer to have died so far from home and alone. The only consolation is that the man died in his boots, doing what he liked doing best. One hopes that he didn't suffer before the inevitable. Man born of a woman hath but a short time to live. Poor Bob didn't even complete his biblical span. To blame Bob for Pakistan woes is unfair. The man tried his very best with what was at his disposal. The greatest tribute that the Pakistan team can pay him is to go out and play Zimbabwe in his memory and decimate them.

  • Faridoon on March 19, 2007, 4:32 GMT

    A very sad end to the life of a good man. The timing of it is so horrible. His death will forever be linked to Pakistan's shocking early exit from the game. If there is a link then obviously he was a man so passionate about cricket that he could not bear the travesty of his team going from outside tournament favorites to out of tournament in two games.

    I wish his family courage to deal with his death. The team must be going through hell as well. I know most will feel guilty for letting their coach down to such an extent.

  • Raja saravanan on March 19, 2007, 4:32 GMT

    I am terribly shocked over this death than pak's defeat. He is a innovator, he lived for cricet and died for cricket. Cricketing world and cricket lovers will never forget u, bob. May the power of almighty will rest your soul in peace.

    My deep condolences to his family.

  • safdar on March 19, 2007, 4:31 GMT

    we dont know as long as some one with us we know him after his depature, too late. so sad.

  • thusi on March 19, 2007, 4:26 GMT

    sad news indeed;

    i dont know if this comment will be posted,just censored cause it'll hurt some ppl........., but the PAK cricket fans must take the blame for this tragedy.If we can enjoy the game for the true spirit of the game,then extrmism has no room.But we think that individuals are above the game.And thats the worst that a game can have. Then fans cant enjoy the game any more and the whole Team is under pressure. Learn from the Windies.How bad they loose some mathches.(Even practise match in home just b4 the WC game).But WI fans are intelligent ..They didnt bash Lara or any indiviudal.They just enjoy the game for the spirit of it...Y cant we do the same.........

  • H Jafary on March 19, 2007, 4:25 GMT

    While the whole situation is extraordinarily sad and shocking, I think it's wrong to blame the Pakistani team for Bob's grievous death. Fair enough he was under tremendous stress and disappointment, but we gota remember God has preplanned the time of departure for everyone. Its sad it had to happen like this, but to blame the already distraught team members is wrong in my opinion. My heart goes out to Bob's family n is truly a great loss to millions of people around the world, in very many unique ways.

  • rajiv ramanujam on March 19, 2007, 4:24 GMT

    Nobody knew exactly what he meant when he said"I cannot say how this will affect me"

    Get up Pakistan.Honour this India born Coach's memory.Rediscover your pride,talent and play as one.

    I hope the Govt of Pakistan pays the highest tribute to one of her own.A civilian Martyr.

    To Bobs family..He died doing what he did and loved best;from all of us in India too our deepest condolences and sorrow.


  • Jeevs on March 19, 2007, 4:23 GMT

    It is indeed sad that only a shocking tragedy helps people put things into perspective. I believe Mr. Woolmer gave his very best for a country of another’s; truly an inspiration. This is the saddest day for Pakistan cricket, not a meagre loss to a second string team who played well and deserved it. My sincere heartfelt condolences Mr. Woolmer’s family and all the Genuine, intelligent Pakistani’s who moan his death.

    Jeevs (Sri Lanka)

  • Muhammad Ashraf on March 19, 2007, 4:21 GMT

    I am very saddened like all others with Bob Woolmer's tragedic and sudden death. Words can't express real expression. His death means, he lived for cricket and he died for cricket.Some player and management may from pakistani team and PCB may retire or leave their respectice postions but look at Bob's passion and dedication, he gave his life for it. God may bless the departed soul

  • waqas a. on March 19, 2007, 4:20 GMT

    EVERY PAKISTANI is praying for Bob Woolmer nobody is going to brush this off as it shouldnt be brushed off. He was simply amazing and so technical. pakistan n indian cricket is just too insane, i hate those idiots who praise heroes one second and another second they are burning dummies of the same heroes. its just a shame. RIP Woolmer ur amazing contributions won't be forgotten.

  • wasim saqib on March 19, 2007, 4:19 GMT

    I think Bob Woolmer and Pakistan Cricket became a victom of ICC's ongoing discrimination against Pakistan cricket,This was the third green top wicket we got in a row in an ICC event,if a host nation prepares wickets according to its own strengths and oppositions weaknesses it can be understood but in a neutral tournament all the teams playing should get the same playing conditions,Pakistans weakness on green top pitches is known to every one and its not a secret and perhaps it was the only area where BoB couldnt improve Pakistan,getting three green top pitches in a row cannot be coincidental,if their has been a random mix of such pitches made why we have not seen any other similar pitch elsewhere in the tournament.BOB after the match against Ireland raised the same point with Chris Broad. Arguments can be given that Ireland also batted and fielded on the same pitch,but the question will remain which country recieved home like condition and hence unfair advantage. A lot has been said about the oval fiasco,every rational person believes that was not initiated by Pakistan team it was another act of discrimination and targeted move against Pakistan cricket. Although I do think that the Pakistan fans and media did nothing to encourage the team they never truly believed in the team,this criticism started even before a single ball was bowled in the cup,this was unfair for the team and coach,I think theres a lesson in this tragedy for all of us "Dont spread negative Karma as it is going to come back right at you" Whether BoB's untimely death was natural or due to something else is yet to be seen,but one thing is for sure Pakistan Cricket has been deeply wounded and may not recover for a long time.

  • Albert Gill Sydney Australia on March 19, 2007, 4:19 GMT

    Pakistan,s Loss and Exit from WC was bad enough but there is always next world cup in 4 years time but The loss of a great Coach Bob is unbearable. On behalf of my Pakistan Cricket club Campbelltown we wish to extend our Condolences and sympathies to his Family.we salute you Bob on your efforts,wel done May God bless you and peace be with your family. Albert (PCCC)

  • Ashwin on March 19, 2007, 4:18 GMT

    Bob Woolmer, the cricketing world salutes you. It is a very sad day for cricket. Cricket has lost one of its biggest "fans". By saying this, I mean, he was a man who thought cricket 24/7. He is the most innovative thinker this game has ever had. And we have to salute him for what he has left behind. He took a young S.African team, and with Hansie and made them a formidable outfit. What he has given to the game is immense. Im sure he would have loved to see a team he coached lift the world cup. And I hope the S.Africans do it this time. A lot of the current crop of S.African players have played under him. It would be more than fitting to see them lift the cup.

    Now, coming back to the reactions of fans, it is undeniable that they are devastated to see Pakistan out this early. Now, to burn effigies, calling for arrests, and wanting death for sports people is beyond ridiculous. If you are an ardent follower of the sport, you will accept defeat gracefully. I am a hardcore supporter of Indian cricket. We lost to Bangladesh yesterday and I was deeply shocked. But, I watched the way Bangladesh played their cricket and they were good on their day. That is about it. They played to win and win did they. I know Ireland and Bangladesh are not the same. But still, it is cricket and one day cricket in that. It is close to impossible to come up with a prediction with the way cricket is being played today. Kudos to Ireland. They were fantastic. Its a game after all guys. Leave it at that. Patriotism and passion are different things. Not this! They are human beings too and they need to know that their families are alright to be mentally fit and play well. Back your country. You are too weak if you resign to such things after your country's loss.

    Also, I read Eric's comment. I totally concur with what he is saying. Its not the players. They are a bunch of talented people. Its the management which makes all the difference. Bob was a fantastic coach and gave it his all.

    May your soul rest in peace Bob. We love you.

  • Aamir Abbasi on March 19, 2007, 4:16 GMT

    Bob you have proved every body wrong idiots like imran khan javed miandad sarfaraz nawaz questioned your commitment to Pakistan cricket, the latest rubbish from them was that you are bidding for english and have no interest in Pakistan cricket. well bob we didnt deserve to have services of a gentleman like you. i am intears while i am writing this and would appeal everybody to calm down a man has lost his precious life what else do we want.


  • Jawaad Ullah khan on March 19, 2007, 4:15 GMT

    It is a great loss to cricket world. His services ,his passion and his devoutness to the cause of cricket will always be remembered. A true analyst who revolutionlized the game and have given a new diemension to it. We will miss you for long.

  • NAS MANJI HOUSTON TX on March 19, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    You can take a horse to the water but cannot convince him to drink. Bob was the perfect shephard but could not tend his unruly and poorly diciplined flock. The present bunch of cricketers are anything but "sportsmen" each marching to a tune of a different drummer. Just rememder that there is only one winner but you should not be a loser if you do not win. Bob tried to instill this professional behaviour in the team.That to me will be his legacy. Cricket in India and Pakistan is like soccer in Brazil. Somebody has to pay for failure. Lets treat a sport as a sport and no more and no less.

  • Mateen on March 19, 2007, 4:11 GMT

    Dear BOB, I never cried in my life on deaths. I cried only two time: When my late father passed away and then on your death. Please forgive Pakistani nation. They are very emotional peopole. One win against India could have made you hero again. God bless.

  • ILoveUSA on March 19, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    Rest in Peace Bob, We all Love you. we know its not ur fault its pak's cricket system and infrastructure's fault. you tried ur best to change pak's poor cricket system. u will be live always in my heart. no body can even think how much i am upset and sad on ur death. you were the one of the best person in this world for cricket and u will be live here in our hearts all life. Bob you have given so much to cricket and even u gave ur life. Bob I salutes you.

  • Tariq Ashfaq Dubai on March 19, 2007, 4:09 GMT

    My Deepest Regards for Bob and His family. I agree with some of the readers that he took responsiblity for our defeat as a team and as a nation. Pakistan Cricket meant more than anything to hime. In my point of view it was our team who is responsible for his sudden Death. God bless his soul!.



  • Ilyaas Malik on March 19, 2007, 4:08 GMT

    We will miss you BOb. God bless your soul. My deepest condolences to Woolmer family. The world has lost a great coach and a great man.

  • Rameez on March 19, 2007, 4:06 GMT

    RIP Bob! It is the saddest moments of not only Pakistani Cricket, but also of Cricket as a sport. I am indeed very sad and heartbroken at the news of his unexpected demise. As far as the game against Ireland goes, I understand it is hard to lose against Ireland. Seems like Pakistani team is a very good assisstant in writing cricket record books. I think the team has great potential and that is how Pakistani team has always been - sheer talent and lack of professionalism.

    What pisses me off is the political involvement in PCB. The reasons for poor performances are personal politics and the preposterous hiearchy in PCB. I do understand that Inzi can be blamed and everyone has issues, and none of us are perfect. But if uneducated dumb army generals and political connections are made heads of cricket organizations, I think none of the teams can perform.

    We will miss you Bob, you did a lot of great things to these uneducated talented cricketers. May you rest in peace, my condolences are with the Woolmer family in this difficult time.

  • Mohsin Malik - San Francisco Bay Area on March 19, 2007, 4:06 GMT

    Dear Kamran:

    The tragic death of Bob Woolmer came at a sad turn in the history of Pakistan Cricket. Bob would be remembered as an innovative coach who developed altogether a different approach.

    As you have mentioned, Bob perhaps could not implement his strategy to the full extent with the abrupt changes in PCB management.

    He was a dedicated person towards the cause of cricket in every way and was respected as such. He got mired in the inner rifts and affairs of the PCB unjustly. Towards the end, he gave the sacrifice of his life.

    The Pakistan cricket needs to pay tribute of the highest order to Bob Woolmer and PCB should recognize this by laying a suitable memoir at the appropriate venue in the country as a token of remembrance for Bob.

    God bless you, Bob. May you rest in peace. Our prayers remain with the family.

  • Haris Farooq on March 19, 2007, 4:02 GMT

    Even though I am a young child, I still admired Bob for all that he has done for the Pakistan Cricket Team. I SALUTE YOU!

  • ILoveUSA on March 19, 2007, 4:00 GMT

    Rest in Peace Bob, We all Love you. we know its not ur fault its pak's cricket system and infrastructure fault. you tried ur best to change pak's poor cricket system. u will live always in my heart. no body can even think how much i am upset and sad on ur death. you were the one of the best person in this world and u will be live here in our hearts all life. Bob I salutes you.

  • Rehman on March 19, 2007, 4:00 GMT

    We Pakistanis feel that we have lost one of our own and one of the most beloved cricket personalities of Pakistan.

    Although the biggest award one can get is to receive people's love and he certainly has love of all Pakistanis, I still hope that govt. of Pak award him some civilian honor along with compensation to his family.

    May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Burhan on March 19, 2007, 3:59 GMT

    Woolmer was a man on honor. He preferred death over living in disgrace... May his sould rests in peace. And what about you Inzi ? whats your plan ???

  • Waqas Khwaja on March 19, 2007, 3:57 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was fighting an impossible battle--against systemic pettiness, graft, incompetence, and misbegotten hubris. It was just not cricket. I held the man and his commitment in the highest regard when he was alive. His death, in some strange way, has reignited a small part of his impossible dream for Pakistan's cricket with the flame of renewal. And this has only raised him further in the estimation of the world. Are there any left in the country he tried to serve so selflessly to be shamed into self-respect, decency, and committed pursuit of excellence? If so, now is the time to step forward. Thus do ordinary people become capable of performing extraordinary deeds.

    Meanwhile, my deepest condolences to Bob Woolmer's family. Not known to them or Bob personally, I share in their grief and loss at this time. But I would also like to honor and cherish the memory of the extraordinary gifts that Bob brought to the world with him some of which were received and appreciated by a large number of people who were neither a part of his circle of family, friends, and acquaintences nor known to him in any capacity whatsoever.

    Thank you, Bob. Rest in peace.

  • Sameer Malik, Michigan, USA on March 19, 2007, 3:57 GMT

    What a Tragedy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I truly salute the greatness and dignity of Bob Woolmer, Super Coach. He is not even a Pakistani and Pakistan team's exit from world cup effected him so much that he lost his life, I feel so sorry that a person gave away his life for Pakistan Cricket. His sad death tells us how much Pakistan cricket meant to him, it wasn't the case of money , it was his true passion and devotion but it sadly led him to death. At this sad stage , Inzimam's retirement seems funny and untimely to me, what is he trying to prove now? anyways my condolence to Bob's family and friends and May his soul rest in peace! Thanks Bob, for everything you have done for Pakistan!

  • ILoveUSA on March 19, 2007, 3:57 GMT

    Rest in Peace Bob, We all Love you. we know its not ur fault its pak's cricket system and infrastructure fault. you tried ur best to change pak's poor cricket system. u will live always in my heart. no body can even think how much i am upset and sad on ur death. you were the one of the best person in this world and u will be live here in our hearts all life. Bob I salutes you.

  • noorallah on March 19, 2007, 3:47 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was a gentleman and a great lost to cricket. He was badly treated by Pakistan. some of the ex-players e.g. Javed Miandad was always sniping at Woolmer. Miandad has done more harm to Pakistan's cricket than any good.

    Woolmer was too good a man to be coaching sleazy corrupt team like Pakistan. God bless Woolmer.

  • yousuf on March 19, 2007, 3:43 GMT

    Absolutely, he wasted his life on a good for nothing, indisciplined, unprofessional and lazy group of individuals. They couldn't help Bob help themselves. I predict utter gloom for this Pakistani team for at least a decade. Also, they can now listen to all the "Urdu" they can from fans back home.

    May the soul of our dear departed rest in peace. Khuda Hafiz Bob.

  • Unni on March 19, 2007, 3:41 GMT

    a man more sinned against than sinning. He was the type with whom the players could actually warm up to unlike a dictatorain coaach like say Buchanan.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Yousuf Ali on March 19, 2007, 3:37 GMT

    He has given 100% to the team but it is the team who make him down. He must leave the team earlier due to his health when he was faced with lot criticism. Because present Pakistan is not will to learned.

  • Zeeshan on March 19, 2007, 3:35 GMT

    May Allah give sabar to Bob's family and his soul rest in peace. This just shows what an honest man he was and how sincere he was with his job. Pakistan cricket will never be the same after March 17 and 18 2007.

  • Shafi U on March 19, 2007, 3:34 GMT

    this one of the really sad days in cricket history.I heard the news on tv rite away when mr.woolmer died I just cant believe it even though, I barely watch the team I had gotten so attached to mr woolmers personality and his ideas,God bless Mr woolmer RiP.You did a tremendous job for our nation. I will pray for u for sure a greeat great man.

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  • Azhar Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 3:28 GMT

    I think that the Pakistani team can pay a tribute to Bob by making the upcoming game a one to be remembered by all. Even then i guess Bob Woolmer's gap cannot be filled. Rest in Peace Bob, We all Love you.

  • R on March 19, 2007, 3:27 GMT

    Condolences to Bob Woolmer's family. I hope his death is a reminder to all the crazy protesters in Pakistan and India that at the end of the day, it's just a game, and squad members do not deserve to be terrorized in this fashion for merely doing their best.

    It has often been warned that the non-stop cricketing schedule is bound to have effects on players. We had started seeing the effects slightly - players going out of form, Marcus Trescothick's repeated breakdowns etc. and now a coach has paid with his life.

    In many ways, my fascination with cricket arises from its similarity to life. The casino-style balances of probabilities, however unpalatable, remains an accurate reflection of life - just as a bowler may not be rewarded for untiring efforts, or as a batsmen may be dismissed before he/(she) can prove himself/(herself) - in life, we do not always receive just rewards for our efforts. We can only keep trying; trying to adjust the odds in our favour and then hoping for the best.

    As a mirror of life, cricket has once again come through. This World Cup and cricket as a whole is a reflection of the world today - a mad rat race, intensely competitive, people desperate to get ahead of others - a world where despite all our technology and genius, our humanity is slowly being destroyed.

    In this time of sadness, one can only hope that we will learn from this tragedy and do better; one can only hope that Bob Woolmer's death will not be in vain.

  • Eric on March 19, 2007, 3:26 GMT

    Bob was a great coach. He was far better than what Pakistan deserved. He survived pressure, politics and Pakistani style of running the cricket board but could not take the terrible loss to Ireland. He gave his life for cricket...Pakistan cricket indeed. When he was hired, I always thought that he will trun the team around, and he would have had it not been for politics and the lawless way Pakistan cricket board is run. I blame the administrators more than players for the tragic end of their world cup and hence Bob's life.

    I hope the administrators do not bad mouth him and blame him for their failures.

    RIP Bob. I will light a candle for you tonight.

  • Babar on March 19, 2007, 3:26 GMT

    It is indeed a moment of great sorrow for entire cricket world in general and Pakistan cricket in particular. Whether it is the aftermath of the loss or natural course, it highlights the integrity, self respect and character of Bob Woolmer. A man often criticised by former players for letting Pakistan cricket down; he was simply criticised for jealousy. A man who took south africa to the top. Tried his very best with the uncommitted characters of Pakistan cricket. A highly professional man was put amongst the highly non-professionals. He has definitely given his life in honour for the cause of cricket. I really feel sorry for Bob Woolmer and inzamamuHaq. THEY DESERVED A BETTER END.

  • Dr Jahangir on March 19, 2007, 3:24 GMT

    VERY SAD It is like a mother who takes care of her children until one day those CHILDREN OF CORN kill their own mother. SAD. YOUNAS, YOUSAF, KAMRAN, INZIMAM, SHAME ON YOU. Someone, please change the channel for ever. I do not want to hear these names again ever.

  • fahad on March 19, 2007, 3:20 GMT

    just watch how bobs biggest enemies line up to offer condolences. There was this character who posed as a sports journalist for "jang news". All this guy could do was have a dig at WOOLMER just for the sake of it. I hope it was the PCB higher ups who had heart attacks for not providing the facilities and the system required to keep producing talent. BOB was just one man with no power, its a great loss.

  • Shahid Sajjad on March 19, 2007, 3:16 GMT

    RIP Bob.

    My condolences to Mrs Woolmer and the rest of the family.

  • shoaib Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 3:14 GMT

    We have to put life in perspective that losing and winning is not everything. Sometime you lose but still on top of the world. Bob you are a winner and always be remembered as one of the finest ever there was in Pakistani cricket coaching. You lost a WC but you won all of our hearths. God bless you and you family.

  • Hadi Imdad on March 19, 2007, 3:14 GMT

    We have been hit with the strongest wave of grief today. Pakistan is in debt to Bob's Services and an apology. In the past we have all witnessed some really rude behaviour inflicted on the mute coach. He was a humble human, who had a vision for the a team with immense talents. I am sure we all realized it now...I hope its not too late!

    Thank You Friend, Thank You Bob.

    Rest In Peace Bob Woolmer!

  • Kaleem Choudhry on March 19, 2007, 3:13 GMT

    Another sad day for Pakistan cricket and the fans. The greatest of all coaches gave his life to Pakistan. I feel like saluting Bob. I wish Pakistani Team could give him better. He worked hard for Pakistan. I must say that he was the best coach pakistan ever had and most likely will ever get. He dealt with the arrogant pakistani players (You know which ones I am talking about). My deepest of condolences to Wolmers family. We (pakistani fans) appreciate all the hard work done by Bob to make pakistan a better team. May his soul rest in Peace.

  • Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 3:07 GMT

    Truly the passing of a great man, who wanted to do the very best with what he had.and when he had the wealth of Pakistan cricket, he did exceptionally well.And when he didn't, the team still had backbone, something you can see in the series in India, it didn't just keel over and die on its own.That is Bob's legacy, along with his smile at everything that the world would throw his way. I thought he was the best coach Pakistan ever had, and following in his boots will be very very hard. Hopefully his legacy will endure, my most heartfelt wishes to his family and close family members.

  • Ramzi on March 19, 2007, 3:01 GMT

    I deepest sympathies to Bob's family and the Pakistani team - I suppose Imran Khan will be happy now - Bob is dead and Inzi will only play test cricket - Khan Bhai it is better to lose fairly and even die rather than cheat like you did when you used a bottle top to scruff up the ball and asist you to get wickets -

  • Farhan Aziz on March 19, 2007, 3:00 GMT

    My prayers are with Bob and his family. This is just too much to absorb.

    Farhan California

  • Shams on March 19, 2007, 3:00 GMT

    I can not find words to describe the lose Bob Woolmer. I will never forget his soft spoken words and a soft and kind face. This is a sad day for the world of cricket and Pakistan cricket in particular. May his soul rest in peace. My heart felt condolence to his family. You gave us your life. I hope we can honor you.

  • RQ on March 19, 2007, 2:57 GMT

    Mr. Bob Woolmer you will be missed by the those who knew you and those who loved cricket alike. Thanks for all what you did for cricket. May God grant strength to you family during this tough time and may your soul Rest In Peace.

  • Imran Salat on March 19, 2007, 2:56 GMT

    I wish to extend my deepest condolences to Bob's family at this difficult time. What he has achieved for Pakistan cricket is incredible. I only hope that the team can reward his dedication by realising there full potential. Bob always thought Pakistan could achieve the same success Australia are enjoying by working better as a team. What better way to remember him by than to prove him right. God rest you're soul Bob. You truly will be missed.

  • julian highfield on March 19, 2007, 2:55 GMT

    RIP Bob My deepest condolences to Mrs. Woolmer & Family ; Bob did a fantastic job in the environment of Pakistan cricket ; but it got the better of him mentally when you consider that religon / politics and esp " Who you are related to or who you know " that matters. Only when this changes will the Legacy of Bob Woolmer and his vision for Pakistan cricket be realised . Where ever you are now Bob ; take pleasure in the fact that you did good for cricket esp in Pakistan . Julian Highfield Sydney Australia

  • Atif from Houston on March 19, 2007, 2:52 GMT

    What an evening to go to bed with and what a day to open your eyes to. I am really sorry to hear about Mr Woolmer's death. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family. He gave his life in the line of duty!! I must say it was very unfortunate that pakistan cricket didnt let him give them the best, just because of some oxy morongs in the cricket board and the captain. Finally he is obliged to offer his resignation from ODIs. If he had thought about it after his return from South Africa or his father have has given him this opinion things must be alot better. Oh well you can not change the past but you sure can learn from it. I dont know what is going to happen. Nation must demand resignation from PCB Chairman and tell him to stop BSing with us as well as the Chief of selection commettie. Saleem Altaf should put a duck tape on his mouth and sign his resignation letter and honor Bob Woolmer's soul. What a lose for cricket. Very sad.

  • Rayo fro Kentucky on March 19, 2007, 2:46 GMT

    I was not fortunate enough to meet or e-mail Bob Woolmer, but with everything I have seen and read from Bob and of Bob, he was a good man. He was dedicated and passionate about his job, and compassionate for his charges. I'm not related to him but I feel grief and sorrow at his passing. This is a very sad day. At this point, I feel that his leaving us is like a knife through the heart of Pakistan cricket. My deep condolences go to the Woolmer family.

  • Jamil on March 19, 2007, 2:44 GMT

    What to say? Just last night I was thigking of writing to Bob and tell him that we still love him and will neevr forget how much he has done for Pakistan Cricket. But he didn't even give me the chance to thanks him for one last time. I am speechles.

  • Paul Mathew on March 19, 2007, 2:43 GMT

    This is a sad occasion for the cricketing world, Pakistani cricket and for Mr Woolmer's family. But it is not kind or accurate to blame this on the Pakistani team or the system. Pakistan must turn out for the Zimbabwe game and play their best to honor Mr Woolmer.

  • Theena on March 19, 2007, 2:43 GMT

    Its nothing less than hilarious that the same people who were commenting in his blog entries to retire and give back the money that PCB had paid him, are now treating him as a martyr who died for Pakistan cricket.

    You are all a bunch of hypocrites.

    RIP, Mr Woolmer. You will be missed.

  • khalid on March 19, 2007, 2:42 GMT

    Awsome man. My heartfelt condolences to his family and a belated THANK YOU to a very good man. All of Pakistan is in shock and will forever pray for his soul.

  • Bhanu Patel on March 19, 2007, 2:37 GMT

    Very sad for Bob's family and pakistan cricket.

  • SHAHNAZ on March 19, 2007, 2:36 GMT

    I am speechless, it is a great loss, a great professional coach gave his life for unprofessional players. My sincere sypmathies with his family, I can,t stop crying.

  • Ayaz Arshad from Dayton Ohio USA on March 19, 2007, 2:32 GMT

    Pakitan has lost such a wonderful coach. I am not sure who will replace him. But he was great asset to world cricket. He guided whole pakistani team and captain also. Less politics in team in his time and he made the whole team united.

  • Arbab on March 19, 2007, 2:31 GMT

    It iz a very big lose for Pakistan and da Pakistani Team. We already knew pakistan was not gonna win da world becuase of wat dey did tu asif and akhtar and our two other main players..Razzak n Afridi...All pakistan knowz iz Money money and money nothing more dey take money n lose all dere games n now da whole pakistan was already soo upset n now even more for wat we heard about Bob he was a veryyy good n a very respectfull coach for da pakistaniz and we will NEVER forget u bob u were da best coach any team could EVER get..Da whole Pakistan iz wid your family n will help dem keep up cuz Bob juz showed us da he waz actully trying for pakistan tu win but wat can Bob do alone when all da other pakistaniz are sold...the whole pakistan should do wat india does tu dere playerz when dey lose we should beat da hell outta all our playerz n not let them make da mistake dey did ever again...Bob Wolmer Zindabad Pakistani Team Sukzz we all love u bob n im sure diz iz not only frm me iz frm da whole pakistan we are gonna miss u u never know wat u have till itz gone n we now know dat we had a GREAT coach n could never get one like him shame on da pakistan cricket team!

  • Raza Rizvi on March 19, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    What a sad day, my condolence to bob's wife and kids. I hope he is remembered as a good coach and a great person, especially in Pakistan. Now coming to the world cup, my sincere advise to Inzamam and his buddies is to go and join MMA, and forget about cricket, because that is all these guys can do, I am really surprised and baffled to read his statement that he only wants to retire from one day cricket, is he on drugs, this guy is only suitable for MMA or sweet shop. The whole team with the management should be fired and new young team should be picked and make sure to keep Saeed Anwar and his buddies away from them.

  • Aaiz Aziz Chaudhry on March 19, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    I am extremely saddened at this untimely demise of my hero Bob Woolmer. I loved the way he said on TV that Salman butt is like his son. Woolmer was such a calming father figure. He was a cricket university. No words are enough to express how sad a day it was for me. BOB, rest in peace. All true Pakistani cricket lovers love you for what you were and what you did. I salute your courage to take up the the impossible job of taming the un-civilzed lot that are the Pakistani team. My apologies they let you down.....but you will remain our hero.forever. He certainly deserves the highest civillian award in Pakistan. Thats the least we can do for him.

  • Imran Shah on March 19, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    A great loss to all of us ... have certainly dulled the WC

  • razi ahmed - USA on March 19, 2007, 2:30 GMT

    I feel sorry for tragic death of Bob. I offer my deepest sympathy to Bob's family. I think that Bob took it seriously. Thanjs

  • Bashir Fancy on March 19, 2007, 2:29 GMT

    I am deeply saddened by the sad and untimely demise of Bob Woolmer. He contributed tremendously to Pakistan Cricket.

    Bob Woolmer was a very decent man and I can not believe that he is gone. Pakistan must recognize Bob Woolmer for his outstanding efforts.

  • Malcolm J Speed - Dubai on March 19, 2007, 2:27 GMT

    Coach died due to team's failure but team and its management remained totally unaffected. They will NEVER learn any lessons.

    This is only possible in ISLAMIC Republic of Pakistan.

  • Muntaha Wali on March 19, 2007, 2:27 GMT

    Rest In Peace BOB... You were a Great Guy to say the least ...prayers and condolense with this family.

  • Haseeb Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 2:26 GMT

    My condolences to Bob's family. May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Kamran Husain on March 19, 2007, 2:26 GMT

    Heartfelt condolences to the Woolmer family. While the shock of our defeat to Ireland we can get over, this is a loss we can not. I am sure all Pakistani cricket fans feel a huge hole in their hearts for this gentleman coach who gave his all for the cause of cricket in our country. Our humble thanks to you Bob for all you did, we are very very grateful. Bless you good friend, we will not forget you!

  • Ash Zed on March 19, 2007, 2:25 GMT

    This is soooooo sad. I am totally shocked. My condolence to Bob's family.

    The man who was the coach of the most troubled team paid a heavy price. Those responsible to make him under tremendous stress must be dealt according to the law. There must be a case registered against Naseem Ashraf and Wasim Bari under scetion 302 and 303. These two men are DIRECTLY rsponsible for Bob's death.

  • Pratik on March 19, 2007, 2:24 GMT

    Bob Woolmer wore his heart in his sleeve, and it showed through. After Bob Simpson with Australia in 1987, Woolmer redifined the role of coach, and introduced scientific coaching to the world. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • basit on March 19, 2007, 2:23 GMT

    Pakistan owe Bob Woolmer Big time.

    The devasting circumstances leading into the worldcup and continued lapses by our team(the playing eleven and so called the professional administrators)has lead him to be under extreme pressure followed by stress.

    I will consider Bob Woolmer among all the martyrs who lead Pakistan to a specific and great goal likewise he should be awarded with the highest civilian award or building of a stadium as our poor team could not live upto his standars and expectations and left him reeling.

    My deepest condolances to the family of Bob, World cricket has lost a father.

  • Muntaha Wali on March 19, 2007, 2:22 GMT

    Rest In Peace BOB... You were a Great Guy to say the least ...prayers and condolense with this family.

  • Humayun Mirza on March 19, 2007, 2:22 GMT

    Bob Woolmer laid down his life in the line of duty! He should be awarded with Pakistan's highest civilian award. The PCB should name its cricketing academy after him and he should get a state funeral. He was no different than a soldier laying down his life for the cause of Pakistan cricket.The Pakistan cricket team should either cancel its match against Zimbabwe(which may not be easy considering the stakes of the other teams)to attend Bob's last rites, or donate their entire match fee to Bob's family. This may be a small tribute to his selflessness and service to the cause of Pakistan cricket. He was a great coach, who brought a major change in Pakistan's cricketing understanding and to some degree attitudes, but being human was unable to surmount the odds stacked against him by the "system" of nepotism, cronyism and mediocrity that has been gradually gaining control over the last few decades in the country as a whole. His committment to Pakistan cricket and his selfrespecting and dignified nature are shining examples for people to emulate. As far as Pakistan cricket is concerned, it will continue to have its Inzamams and Naseem Ashrafs as long as the people of Pakistan don't rise to put their "entire house" in order, and usher in a major change where honesty, hard work and merit is rewarded. It is not enough to have "raw talent". Talent is God's gift that needs to be trained in a properly structured system - something this country does not possess. On behalf of millions of Pakistanis - farewell Bob, we will never forget you or what we owe you! May your soul rest in peace and may your family be able to garner enough strength to bear this collossal loss.

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  • K.C.Patel on March 19, 2007, 2:19 GMT

    A Great Man Of Cricketing World. My condolences to Mrs.Woolmer and the rest of the family. We all join in consoling you in your painful hour of deepest sorrow. I also pray to God Almighty to give you the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage & fortitude & to grant eternal peace to the departed soul.

  • Imran Tahir - Toronto on March 19, 2007, 2:19 GMT

    Yet again speechless…………

    A tragic day indeed, compounded by yet another irreversible loss of Bob.

    May Allah Bless his Soul. Amin !

  • nithakaran on March 19, 2007, 2:16 GMT

    is it what you call true patriatism or the giving every thing from the bottom of the heart?

    why inzi didnt do this? may be the team pakistan... did they played with the bookey. if so they are the one killed the great man.

    i take this space to send my deepest condolances to a great man, and he did show his passion for cricket and it really showed and sadened every cititizen in the world. my deepest sympathy to his family and friends too. may he rest in peace.

  • Subash Dahal, Nepal on March 19, 2007, 2:15 GMT

    I was terribly shocked by the sudden demise of a great cricketer and a wonderful coach. I started to admire the Pakistan's team as my favourite one ever since he took his job as a coach. It is an open secret that the cricketing world has lost a heroic personality who dedicated his life for cricket.I express my heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family and pray that his soul may rest in peace in heaven.

  • Vishal on March 19, 2007, 2:15 GMT

    I salute Bob Woolmer and what he has done for cricket.....

    i opened cricinfo to see how badly netherlands have lost but the first news i saw was of bob woolmer's is really sad ....i hope the pakis realise what bob woolmer has done for their team.....he gave his life away for them.....i am an indian and was hoping for an india pakistan final but the pakis have suffered too much in the recent has been shock over shock....this world cup is going to remembered for a long time but for a sad reason.....

  • Geoff Bethell on March 19, 2007, 2:08 GMT

    I just pray for all those left behind that the verdict in this tragedy will be death by natural causes. Even if it is I feel sure the events of the previous week must have played some part in it. At absolute rock-bottom, there's only one way now that Pakistan cricket can go. I hope the powers that be in Pakistan cricket will learn from this and a leader of the calibre of a Frank Worrell will emerge that will use this tragedy in a constructive way.

  • sami on March 19, 2007, 2:03 GMT

    bob woolmer was such a genuinely nice guy and i just feel really sad and felt i had 2 post in peace bob.. all my feelings are with his family...and as for the other posts...pakistanis never seem 2 appreciate ppl until they've that inzamam's retired as well, ppl may appreciate what hes brought to our team..and finally naseem ashraf is a corrupt disgrace of a person..and its because of ppl like him that pakistan is generally in a mess

  • Abdul Waheed - USA on March 19, 2007, 2:03 GMT

    Kamran, I would like to request you to reprint my following response to your Blog “Shamed by the shamrock: an open letter”. Obviously, you wrote this piece before you wrote “The tragedy of Bob Woolmer”. And I wrote my response to you before I came to know about the untimely and tragic death of my beloved personality and coach of an UNTHANKFUL PRESENT, PAST PAKISTANI CRICKETERS AND MOST OF THE PAKISTANI NATION. I would like to express my deepest sorrow and condolences to Mr. Robert Andrew Woolmer,s widow and children. I was so happy and could not believe when Mr. Woolmer accepted to coach Pakistan Cricket team. I now truly am sorry and sad that why he accepted such a DEADLY offer.

    Posted by: Abdul Waheed - USA at March 18, 2007 2:22 PM “Kamran, after following the Pakistan Cricket for more or less as long as you have nothing surprises me anymore. In fact, among my friends, who have all been Cricket crazy we used to say the only team that can do something unthinkable is Pakistan cricket team. They have proved us right over and over and most of the time, in a disastrous way. From the beating at the hands of Roberts and Murray for the last wicket 60 odd runs to loosing against Bangladesh during 1999 world cup and now to this new but nothing really new depth of shame we, including you have witnessed all. I am sure there will be some among our cricket controlling body or the players who will come up with the excuse look, India also lost to Bangladesh. Yes, they did but, it has nothing to do with Pakistan team’s shameful surrenders in above mentioned and countless other incidents. Our beloved national heroes have surrendered and lost to bring DEFEAT from the jaws of VICTORY so many times ……. That….. That…….it is useless to mention and count. Alas…..either way this latest loss still hurts BIG TIME. Right after Pakistan’s World Cup Final loss to Australia in 1999, I was of the view that we need a High Class foreign coach. Why? For many reasons importantly, because the professionalism of foreign coaches and due to prejudice and baggage that a local coach brings to Pakistan team which in turn brings negative rivalry and jealousy among cricketers, coach and the fans. In this blog you have suggested among many other things that Inzamam and Woolmer must go. It was going to be an end for Inzamam one way or the other as he has had his cricket career and now he can concentrate on his Road To Raiwind with all his Bearded followers in the Team (though I wonder, how many will support beard once Inzamam leaves). It would be unfair and unjust not to praise Inzamam’s great contribution as a batsman to Pakistan Cricket. I was of the view and had mentioned to my cricket following friends many times that, Woolmer should leave Pakistan team after this World Cup as well but for the different reasons as put forth by you. Kamran and all the critics of Woolmer please go and look back when and under what circumstances Woolmer took over and also Pakistan’s ranking during his time in Test and ODI both. I have a lot of respect for Woolmer and could not believe when he accepted the offer to coach the so fragmented Pakistan team as he had once before rejected. For the respect of this man I wanted him to leave before every failure will be blamed on him. As I believe, no one can fix Pakistan team in a way that it becomes anywhere close to Australia or any other true professional outfit. I have motioned this to my friends many times and now I would tell this to all Woolmer’s critics. If Pakistan hired a local coach to replace Woolmer, compare his performance after same period (if he will be lucky to carry that long) the ranking of Pakistan team will be much lower in both format of the game provided if 20 – 20 does not become even bigger attraction. If it does, make it all three categories Pakistan will be among the bottom half most of the time. Why I say this, Because of the hate to Pakistan team? No! Because, I have followed our team days and nights passionately and have foolishly wished the best over and over only to be let down. In the end I would like to say only this, Leaders, Sportsmen, Politicians and the followers are a mere reflection to what the majority of the Nation stands for. Therefore, Woolmer could only do so much. And I think he has done remarkably well what was given to him. Pakistan needs a major shake up at every level that affects human life. Only than we will see true improvement in CRICKET or else there will be only patch works on display like it has been since the inception of Pakistan. “

  • Monish on March 19, 2007, 1:58 GMT

    Why do I feel there is some foul play at hand here?

    I'd like to see the brave soul who fills Woolmers shoes now.

    RIP Bob. It never should've ended this way.

  • Hanif on March 19, 2007, 1:50 GMT

    Rest in peace Bob Woolmer. You gave your life for our country. As a society we pakistanis should be ashamed of ourselves because our team reflects our society.

  • Saud on March 19, 2007, 1:48 GMT

    It is a sad sad day ... Bob R.I.P

  • Asad Tirmizi on March 19, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    Today was a very tragic day for cricket lovers. Today the most beautiful game lost its biggest fan. Bob lived his life for cricket, and unfortunately gave his life away in its name too. What a sad, sad day. All my condolances to everybody who knew Bob Woolmer and all those that love the game of cricket. May the legend's soul rest in peace. Thank you Bob, for your contribution to the game.

  • Krishna Tammireddy on March 19, 2007, 1:47 GMT

    I have to say, I am shell shocked to see the "Great Bob" leave this world. We have lost a great visionary, innovator and we can come up with many words. I think Kamrans' comments have always been constructive and professional. Nothing was ever personal. I hope the players look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves what have they achieved?

    I Hope all the Fans back in Pakistan, India, SriLanka and Bangladesh should realise as S.N.Iyer pointed out "cricket" is just a sport. This is really a saddest day for all the crickets lovers.

    May Bob's soul rest in Peace.

    My heartiest condolences to Bob's Family.

  • condolence on March 19, 2007, 1:44 GMT

    I think you fail to put Bob Woolmer's life and contribution into the right perspective. We've lost one of the greats.

  • Karim on March 19, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    Its Ironic all of us yesterday were complaining about him and now we are all praising him. He was a true gentlemen and a great Coach. Its sad that Pak cricketers never listened to him. He will be missed.

  • Sufian Ali Ahmed (Hong Kong) on March 19, 2007, 1:41 GMT

    May Bob Woolmer rest in peace. He did great things for cricket, my condolences to his family and close friends.

  • Azfar on March 19, 2007, 1:40 GMT

    Saddened by this tragic news. God Bless your soul Bob. My condolences to the family and freidns. Bob tried to modernize the game in Pakistan and introduced new angle. Inzi and his team played really bad and that was it! Can you rebuke Mohammad Yousuf for playing such rbbish shots after what he did in the eyar 2006! We just need much better green top pitches in Pakistan where we can develop batting skills against genuine fast and swing bowling. We have the streets smart cricketers and to ask of them to continue with best performance, seems like now, is not worthe (Exception was Javed Miandad, as Imran Puts it Gary Sobers was God Gifted, so was Javed). I tink the PCB need to revisit the development of cricket and make sure we have SPORTING FAST AND SEAM WICKETS and cricketers need to move away from just playing street smart at all times. Kamran, I will not feel too bad if we wrote something as we all did and saw the truth in it. But failure in a game is not the end of the world and definitely not worth losing one's life and property (Mobs in subcontinent going crazy, Dhoni's home being destroyed). We have illiterate people in our country who would take a real drastic approach. You can rebuke by writing, speaking but in NO WAY you can damage one's life by burning and throwing stones over a sport. Everyone gets carried way and some comments tell that we are all guilty of that but it should be left at this and not taken to the next level. Once again just to recap the team on paper was awesome off what was available. EVERY batsmen failed and that was it. There was nothing Inzi or Bob could have done to make everyone bat better.

  • Gaurav Aggarwal, USA on March 19, 2007, 1:39 GMT

    We sub continental teams lose to these minnows not because we lack calibre, but because the expectations of our people back home creates the kind of stress one cannot imagine. I have regularly seen big teams losing to unknown African nations in the soccer world cup, but one doesn't go around burning their houses down! I am Indian, but I have always had a lot of respect for Inzi too, he's a thoroughly decent person, and this loss of Bob Woolmer has just left me stunned. He handled so many tragidies with the South African team in the last few World Cups, but this just shows how much he wanted Pakistan to win. RIP Bob!

  • Prajesh on March 19, 2007, 1:37 GMT

    Bob Woolmer, A man i will remmeber for the way he coached south africa, a man that was always thinking out of the square, a man, who let the smaller nations grow, who encouraged thier developement a man for whome I woud declare was one of the crickets greatest coaches and ambasadors of the game, his death will leave a gap in the cicket community that nobody will ever fill. Its not a Pakistani loss but a world loss.

    To the Woolmer family, the deepest sympathies of the cricket world will folow you. May God be with you uring this time

  • H Jafary on March 19, 2007, 1:36 GMT

    While the whole situation is extraordinarily sad and shocking, I think it's wrong to blame the Pakistani team for Bob's grievous death. Fair enough he was under tremendous stress and disappointment, but we gota remember God has preplanned the time of departure for everyone. Its sad it had to happen like this, but to blame the already distraught team members is wrong in my opinion. My heart goes out to Bob's family n is truly a great loss to millions of people around the world, in very many unique ways.

  • Waseem Imtiaz (Amsua, Hong Kong) on March 19, 2007, 1:36 GMT

    its a very sad day, not only for Pakistan Cricket but World Cricket. May his soul rest in peace. He'll always be remembered as a great couch and a great man.

  • Wayne on March 19, 2007, 1:35 GMT

    My condolences goes out to the Woolmer family.May the peace of GOD sustain you in this trying and sad time.may brother Bob rest in peace.

  • ELAHI on March 19, 2007, 1:33 GMT

    My Condolance to BOB WOOLMER's family. A great coach perhaps the only professional in team, An honourable man who took everything from oval to jamiaca in his heart. A great loss. He will be missed by all. I hope against hope that some lesson in honour is learnt by our team & PCB board. I have no words to express my sorrow & may he Rest in peace. Good bye BOB U WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

  • iftkhar on March 19, 2007, 1:32 GMT

    ina l'lahi wa ina alaihi rajeoon.

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  • Harish on March 19, 2007, 1:26 GMT

    I am extremely sad and deeply offended by the events that have unfolded in Pakistan cricket. If everyone was remorseful about Pakistans ousting from the WC the sudden death of Woolmer has pained the cricketing fraternity. He was a great and dedicated coach and i must say the most tech savvy amongst all coaches. His sincerity and dedication to Pakistani cricket was doubted and BOB reciprocated with his own life. I hope his life will atleast put to rest the growing unrest in Pakistan following the teams performance. I hope people will someday look at cricket as a game that should be enjoyed as opposed to a religion and make it difficult for others. I also wish that fans of Indian cricketers refrain from burning effigies and holding demonstrations in front of players houses. It definitely puts them in poor light amongst the cricketing fraternity. For someone who understands the game and loves its nuances I think cricket must be played and watched for sheer enjoyment and excitement that it brings. And if it is going to murder people and rob us of people like BOB I think it suffices to play bilateral series in which losses are taken more sportingly than somethg as big as the WC. I am extremely sorry for BOB and cricket today and I have spent more than half the day regretting this incident.

  • Jay on March 19, 2007, 1:26 GMT

    I have only heard of sacrifices given by people for their country/family/faith/friendship etc but none so for the game of cricket. YES ! Bob Woolmer will only be that icon. I am an Indian cricket fan but I have always admired Bob's dedication to the game and his innovative approach in trying to make Pakistan a better team. His gentle smile and knowledgeable talk always inspired cricket lovers, players, fellow coaches and commentators.

    I send my hearty condolences to his family and to the Pakistan cricket family. This is unbearable and I cried all morning. I am sure Pakistan cricket will be reborn like the legendary Phoenix bird from the ashes of this WC defeat. BE STRONG PAKISTAN !!!! YOU ARE NO LESS THAN ANYONE !!!

  • Geoff Abbott on March 19, 2007, 1:25 GMT

    How incredibly sad and what a wonderful contributer to the game. Bob Woolmer was the true internationalist - a competitor but a collaborator and bringer together of people from diverse backgrounds. If heaven needs a coach, there is a fabulous one there now.

  • Saumendra Bajpai on March 19, 2007, 1:23 GMT

    I think its a shameful day for the way we in the sub-continent play our cricket. A lot has been sad about cricket being a religion here..and such crap. For all that rhetoric, we have still not acknowledged that its a game afterall. I am an Indian..and many might question my knowledge of Pakistan let me borrow from conditions here in India. And looking at the way cricket is percieved by the common man, one almost suspects that we confuse a sense of national achievement with the success at this wonderful game. In simple terms, the death of Bob rests solely in our and I across the borders. The sheer weight we attach to winning, far exceeds the gravity of the game itself. So much of pressure !!! We are talking of humans here..whom we raise to the level of gods..just to feel good about the many failures of daily life each of us faces, day in, day out..!! And then...these very gods become the sorry victims of our wrath..for a bad day.

    I'd never think of singling out Inzamam..or any other player. Ultimately..its shame on us..we the people of the subcontinent !!

  • MRT on March 19, 2007, 1:22 GMT

    I've got to say this news has overwhelmed me. Although i never met Bob there is a huge sense of loss. He always came across as a really nice guy and took a lot of time answering people's e-mails. The world has lost a great man and cricket has lost a great coach. At a time like this the phrase what if comes to mind......what if Pakistan had not lost, would this still have happened? Part of me feels angry at the players for causing this but to think like that is irrational.

    Ultimately, i just hope Bob gets the send off he deserves and the whole of Pakistan pays its proper respects. What happened to Pakistan was not his fault and the players have to take the much of the blame for the way they played.

    R.I.P. BOB, we will miss you!

  • Kamran Syed on March 19, 2007, 1:19 GMT

    I read the below:

    "After the team's loss to Ireland, a huge crowd had gathered in front of Pakistani captain Inzamam ul-Haq’s Multan residence and chanted slogans of "Death to Woolmer, Death to Inzamam". "

    I feel shammed to be a Pakistani. I am not sure if Woolmer's passion and sacrifice will teach Pakistani cricket fans a lesson. Cricket is JUST a game.

  • Patel on March 19, 2007, 1:18 GMT

    RIP BOB great coach and great human for paki team but what dose inzy do today announce he gonna call it quit from odi today after he know his team coack passed away what a respect has inzy given to a great man inzy u should slap your self RESPECT a person who is your team coach and passed away today couldnt you waited a day for it?

  • siddharth on March 19, 2007, 1:17 GMT

    i won't say that Bob Woolmer did a good job with the pakistanis but the way he died is awful. i'm shocked and really feel sad that a person had to undergo such a great agony. what saddens me more is that his death would soon be forgotten and teams like Pakistan/India would continue to play like lazy millionaires instead of cricket players.

  • Salman from Sugar Land, Texas on March 19, 2007, 1:16 GMT

    I agree he should be awarded Pakistan's highest civilian medal of honour to recogonise his services to the team.

  • imran on March 19, 2007, 1:11 GMT

    You can just imagine how much Bob cared for what he believed in. I am sure the stress of losing must have hit him. I wish and pray for his soul and that God provides him a heavenly abode and strength to his family. Amen.

  • Salman Wahid, Alexandria, VA on March 19, 2007, 1:08 GMT

    Total and utter shock!!!!I am so saddened by his demise. No time to blame anyone now, because the whole nation knows what happened. All the prayers, and deepheart felt condolences to Bob's family. May your soul rest in Peace. In the end, THANK YOU VERY MUCH BOB for everything you gave not only to Pakistan cricket but to the overall cricketing world. You will be sadly missed by all. I hope President Musharaf will bestowed him with the highest civillian award. You will alway be in our prayers BOB!!!

  • Asrar Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 1:07 GMT

    ASAK to u all. Just like millions right now in this world iam very very shocked and hurt and saddened at this sudden death of the "WORLDS BEST COACH" Mr BOB WOOLMER. May Allah give his family the strength to cope with this and may he rest in peace. I have been reading a lot of comments and articles though with various people blaming the pakistan team for his death but my dear brothers and sisters please dont forget death doesnt need any big reasons to come, when it has to come it will come.Bobs stipulated time and date of death was that and he died on that date and time. The situations build accordingly. People are saying inzi is to blame i totally disagree with it cmon atleast now stop blaming people. God forbid if inzi would have died instead of bob iam sure all these people critcising inzi would have saluted inzi and the great things he did. So does one have to die for a sport in order show his/her passion for it??? Cmon people its just a game. Lets just offer condolences to bob's family and support the pakistan team in these bad times coz iam sure more than you and i they r hurt and saddened with bobs death. Thank you.

  • Asad H on March 19, 2007, 1:07 GMT

    Bob you were an outstanding coach and an outstanding human being. Always a gentlemen, restrained and patient in the most trying of conditions. Its an amazing tragedy to lose this great ambassador of cricket and a man who personified the nobler values associated with the sport. May you rest in peace. We all mourn with your family.

  • amin from auck nz on March 19, 2007, 1:05 GMT

    i am speechless abt the sudden and tragic death of Bob and i really want to know if any of the pakistani cricket players has any self respect or national pride or even at least some respect for the best coach they ever had. shame on u all

  • Nauman on March 19, 2007, 1:05 GMT

    People think March 17th was the worst day in Pakistan's cricket. I would call March 18th even worse. On this day, a true legend lost his life for the cause of our nation, a legend who was not even Pakistani could realize how the world around him has changed. Bob Woolmer is not dead, he would live eternally and his legacy would shine in Pakistan's cricket forever.

  • Truth on March 19, 2007, 1:05 GMT

    Come on guys, this is just game of cricket, not game of life and death. Bob Died because his time had come, of all the people we believers should know this better. Linking his death to Pakistani loss would be most idiotic, I am sure even if he was vacationing in Hawaii after winning the world cup he would have died if his time had come. Dont waste your and everyone else's time by making it a big issue, He was what he was. Nothing will change. Its hypocritical on your part to pay homage to him now when you all were ready with knife for his head, had he lived you wanted his blood. Stop this non-sense.


  • Saiful Ansari on March 19, 2007, 1:04 GMT

    Everyone including myself are shell shocked to learn of the sad demise of Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmer.

    On behalf of a grateful Nation, I like to offer my condolences to Woolmer's family.

    Pakistan team was eliminated from the WC by Ireland and how much it impacted on his health can not be fathomed.

  • Browser 74 on March 19, 2007, 1:03 GMT

    Come on guys, this is just game of cricket, not game of life and death. Bob Dies because his had come, of all the people we believers should know this better. Linking his death to Pakistani loss would be most idiotic, I am sure even if he was vacationing in Hawaii after winning the world cup he would have dies if his time had come. Dont waste your and everyone else's time by making it a big issue, He was what he was. Nothing will change. Its hypocritical on your part to pay homage to him now when you all were ready with knife for his head, had he lived you wanted you wanted his blood. Stop this non-sense.


  • Prashanth Reddy on March 19, 2007, 1:01 GMT

    RIP Bob. You lived, breathed, talked, walked cricket. You made this game more attractive with your undying passion and innovative methods.

    May your soul rest in peace, and my condolenses to your family.

    miss you.... -Prashanth Reddy

  • Nitin J on March 19, 2007, 1:00 GMT

    I am totally shocked. It is totally out of the blue. Just yesterday watching him in the game vs Ireland & today he is gone. It is incredible how fickle life is. There are much more important things than cricket. We fail to appreciate this.

    When he was coach of S Africa, me as an Indian cricket fan used to admire the ruthless efficiency with which they played. He did a terrific job bringing them so close to the top. Given the time and the support he would have done the same for Pakistan. Alas, now it is not possible.

    May his soul rest in peace & my condolences to his family.

  • Sanjay Mohanty on March 19, 2007, 1:00 GMT

    Nothing can replace the loss of life and that to be a special one who brought the revolution in world cricket by coaching South Africa and Pakistan at the end. I believe this irrecoverable loss will bring at least one commonsense to the cricket crazy south asia nations, that cricket is just a game and no matter what is it, it is not more than the life of someone who contribute a lot to this game. A deep condolense to Bob's family.

  • Qaisar waheed on March 19, 2007, 0:59 GMT

    Its great loss for cricket and Pakistan.He was emotionally committed to his duties.He wasted his energies and abilities on rubbish team.He could not bear pakistan defeat.pakistan is in great shock and his death added their grieves.

  • Ali Jafari on March 19, 2007, 0:59 GMT

    First I offer my heartfelt condolences to Bob's family. May his soul rest in peace. No defeat in a game is worth a man's life. He was an honorable man.

    Bob's death reminds me of the old adage "It's no use casting pearls in front of swines". He tried his best, cast pearls of wisdom in front of idiots and indisciplined ( I wouldn't use the word swine, though much tempted I am) but the uncouth and irresponsible hams who like to fancy themselves as professionals, were just not up to it. This also includes the non professional Pakistani cricket infrastructure (the perenial adhocism). At least Bob was a man of honor and he took it to heart but I wonder if the cricket team players and PCB have even one tenth of the shame that Bob felt for the idiots. If they did then the chairman and the captain would have at least resigned and appologized to the masses who pay for their hefty salaries, bonuses, travelling, match fees and most importantly country's joy and honor. This money can be better spent on developing standard of education as well as playfields in schools and colleges and develop the infrastructure.

    Losing and winning is part of every game but it is the way one puts up a brave fight matters at the end of the day. If Pakistani team and management has an iota of honor and shame left in them, they should cut their perks and salaries to a modest existence level and work hard to prove that they wish to and can compensate for the lost honor and glory and bring some good news in these times of stress and gloom. They owe it just as much to Bob Woolmer.


  • Nauman on March 19, 2007, 0:59 GMT

    Deepest condolances to his family. Its a shame that a guy so smart as Bob had to go down like that, its a strange world. Bob's contribution to Pakistan's cricket was immense. He had the ability to transform talent into substance. Shoaib Malik to me will always remain Bob's legacy to Pakistan. He was the only one under who's reign, Afridi played the most consistent cricket of his career. Yousuf managed to score more, managed to throw it away less, Younis was able to resurrect his career. I hope that these take inspiration from his effort and pay back Bob with careers that he had dreamed off them. Bob's replacement would be too tough to find, as he was both a good player and coach. I hope Pakistan team plays out of their skins in the next match against Zimbabwe, play as Bob would have hoped them to play, that may just bring some peace to his soul and solace to the mourning cricketing community. Pakistan SALUTES you Mr. Robert Andrew Woolmer for all your efforts and putting up with all the trouble that our cricket brings.

  • Kamran Syed on March 19, 2007, 0:56 GMT

    We should name "Gadaffi Stadium" as "Woolmer Statium".

  • Jeremiah Khodra on March 19, 2007, 0:56 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's death is a shocking blow to all cricket lovers around the world. Bob actually took a highly improbable task when he decided to take the coaching job of Pakistan. If he had taken a job with any other country, his efforts and positive results would have been more visible. May his soul rest in peace. f

  • Sridhar on March 19, 2007, 0:55 GMT

    Service before self!! You will be remembered on these lines in the history of cricket. You will be remembered for your forthrightness. The cricket community should dedicate this world cup in Bob's memory.

  • Owais on March 19, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I must say that a man of his dedication and love for the game, - he didn't deserve us. He didn’t deserve to pass on alone in abandonment. I am so gutted that I feel a member of my family has died. I’ve been numb and teary eyed all day, read every tribute and every praise I could find. As far as Pakistan are concerned….. 1) We have proven ourselves to be such a selfish and ungrateful nation and only when the man pays with the ultimate sacrifice do we begin to recognize his contributions. 2) His talent and professionalism was wasted on the fools in the PCB and the team. 3) His advice fell on deaf ears and dumb brains. 4) After the Oval fiasco, every coach would have quit but Woolmer, being the honorable gentleman he was stayed resolute. As a Pakistani, I must say that a man of his dedication professionalism, and love for the game; - HE DID NOT DESERVE US. He didn’t deserve to pass on alone in such seeming abandonment. I am so gutted that I feel a member of my family has died. I’ve been numb and teary eyed all day, read every tribute and every praise I could find. And as far as Pakistan are concerned….. 1) We have proven ourselves to be such a selfish and ungrateful nation and only when the man pays with the ultimate sacrifice do we begin to recognize his contributions. 2) His talent and professionalism was wasted on the fools in the PCB and the team. 3) His advice fell on deaf ears and dumb brains. 4) After the Oval fiasco and the doping scandals every coach would have quit but Woolmer, being the honorable gentleman he was stayed resolute. After Pakistan’s loss, I wrote a message to his blog that we here in Florida stand with you (Woolmer) and the team when it wins and even more so when it looses. Yet at the penultimate moment when we all should have supported him; just as he did when he was our coach, WE ALL FORSOOK HIM AND FLED.

    We truly are a shameless bunch. Rest in peace Bob. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Danish Khan on March 19, 2007, 0:54 GMT

    These have been my saddest cricket days, none more so than today, sad demise of Bob and an announcement of retirement from Inzi at such a point.

  • Hamid on March 19, 2007, 0:49 GMT

    My deepest condolences to the family of Mr Bob Woolmer. He will always be remembered as a gentleman and for many contributions to cricket in general and to Pakistan Cricket in particular. You will be missed Bob.

  • dont know on March 19, 2007, 0:49 GMT

    [QUOTE=Saj Shah]Posted by: Saj Shah at March 18, 2007 7:56 PM[/QUOTE]Thats stupid. Now why dont we leave them alone(pak team) or we want every one of them to be dead? Thats all because of the stupid pressure, the pressure of the stupid public who cant take defeat. And want sudden changes.

    I more than anyone feel at this time and very shocked and saddend by the Death of Bob Woolmer, I hope the Pakistan team can live with themselves after this? because in my eyes they are the ones behind the death. I have had made remarks towards Bob Woolmer's coaching style, but today I learnt a valuble lesson in that Pak Cricket meant more to him than the rest of the Pak Squad? Bob let his life go of his like, so as not to appear a villian and bady in the Eyes of the Pakistani Public and media as winning was everything to him??? Afterall he had nothing to Cheer about after the 2 w/c games??? I hope Inzi through some miracle of Allah get's to hear about this blog and my review, as I blame him for the death along with the rest of the failing pakistani cricket team of losers. I am really upset. No man or women should die in this manner. RIP Bob Woolmer, I am so sorry. Best Wishes to your loved family in this difficult time.

  • Sayed Zeman on March 19, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    It was one of the shocking news in cricketing history. Bob woolmer sacrificed his life for the Pakistani team, which meant everything to him. I think Pakistani players should be blamed for this tragedy. I am still not sure whether they went to play the WORLD CUP or tennis ball backyard game. They should learn a lesson from Bangladesh. I am a Bangladeshi but my second team was always Pakistan. You guys really disappointed me and Bob Woolmer. May his soul rest in peace. My condolence to his family famiy.

  • SSS Aust on March 19, 2007, 0:48 GMT

    It is indeed truly of those moments where you just feel like waking up and feeling relieved it was all a bad dream. May Allah bless his soul and give strength to his family. Credit goes to him for a lot of Pakistan's successes. Inzamam has already retired as expected. Others may follow suit. Nothing more can be said..had the Pakistani team won against Ireland, had they put on a better show, showed more application..maybe we didnt have to hear this shocking news..but that is life. People wait for years to see their team perform well in the world cup and noone else would have wanted the Pakistani team to do well than Bob himself. Putting things in perspective.."The Pakistani team itself killed it's coach...."

  • khansahab on March 19, 2007, 0:47 GMT

    My deepest condolences to Bob’s family; I was also stunned like many people on this blog. It is strange how, in my earlier post, I started with these three words: “Mayhem. Disaster. Death.” It is strange how Javed A Khan from Montreal, Canada and myself have been similar in this regard; mentioning things in previous posts which are somehow linked to the tragic death of Mr Woolmer.

    A praiseworthy coach helplessly stuck amidst incompetent and unworthy cricketers and administrators. These two days have been the most sorrowful in Pakistani cricket’s history. I was amazed, when watching a Pakistani channel, how some fans in Pakistan demonstrated no sympathy and offered bitter comments for Bob even after his demise. I did not like the idea of Bob coaching Pakistan, but not because of his talent or aptitude, but because of the lack of competence of Inzi & co. Unlike many others, I know that as regards on-field tactics and player selection, Bob had negligible contribution. Inzi ran the show.

    Bob, you will be missed. May your soul rest in peace. Let us hope that the players can put up a good show against Zimbabwe, just to honour Bob’s spirit.

  • Roshan Malhotra on March 19, 2007, 0:47 GMT

    I am really very sad to hear the news...can't figure to anything else...condolence goes to his family..

  • jafar on March 19, 2007, 0:46 GMT

    I agree with brother Azhar. Pakistan must pay homage to this good man and build a stadium in his name. Pakistan's lacklustre performances can NEVER be blamed on Bob because unlike the players he ALWAYS gave 110% effort in his coaching! My heartfelt condolances go to his family and may he rest in peace InshAllah.

  • Numaan on March 19, 2007, 0:46 GMT

    I have not cried at any time in the last 8 years but I cried today for Bob.

  • Sunil Hassaram on March 19, 2007, 0:46 GMT

    How sad it is that it is only after this Great Mans death , that we really understand his passion and commitment and shock. Why did it have to happen like this? RIP Bob.

  • Nadir on March 19, 2007, 0:44 GMT

    A sad day for cricket. My sincere condolences to Bob Woolmer's family. He always seemed a civilized and gentle soul, clearly too much of a gentleman for the world of Pakistani cricket. When dealing with a bunch of uncivilized, ill-disciplined players who have never been exposed to any institutional order at the school, club or societal level, sometimes what's needed is a kick in the pants instead of civilized, rational arguments and normal discourse. Maybe Bob needed someone by his side to play the good cop, bad cop routine to crack the whip to bring around the more unruly players in the side while at the same time encouraging the players short on confidence. I feel he did a great job with the latter but couldn't succeed at the former due to cultural differences. The manner and timing of his passing is painful and saddens everyone associated with Pakistani cricket. The best way to honor his legacy is for the team to go out and play like champions against Zimbabwe.

  • Umar Khayyam on March 19, 2007, 0:44 GMT

    My condolences to Bob woolmer and his family. Rest in Peace, Sir...You have dealt with difficult circumstances and did very well given the conditions.

    I would like to at this point make the following remark regarding why we lost the last match...

    And this can best be exemplified by what INZY said after the loss: “Obviously God was not willing, so we did not win”.

    I was thinking: Are you stupid? What are you talking about? So you’re blaming god for your loss? How about being a man and saying you played like crap?

    This is the type of ignorance we’re dealing with folks. His statement is fatalist and essentially implies that a 60yr ricksha-driver could be a specialist batsmen if “god wills it”.…He essentially thinks that god will bat for the Pakistan team! Imagine that...God, coming out and helping the Pakistan team because they pray 5 times a day! So basically, practice + exercise + killer instinct mean nothing if you are muslim? THIS IS WHY PAKISTAN LOST, GUYS. Our players failed because of this ridiculous idea that even without hardwork and motivation, one can achieve anything in life as long as they pray 5 times a day...

    If bringing god into the realm of cricket was the only way to succeed, then even I could be open for Pakistan.

    Its that simple folks...It is these basic fundamental questions that Pakistan needs to address and rectify.

    Only Wasim Akram and Imran knew this…and that’s why they were the most successful of Pakistani batsmen.

    A word to Inzy: Do NOT bring religion into sports. We are not fighting a war here, we're just playing a sport.

    This is such a basic principle and I just do not understand why this team doesn't understand this...its so basic.

    Am I the only person out there that feels this way?

  • Noor Effendi on March 19, 2007, 0:43 GMT

    Although Pakistan performance was absoulutely not upto the par no matter what excuse they come up with .I don't blame any of the players .Only the board. Mostly the trajic news of Bob realy has shaken me inside out .Now I know how this team meant to him .Every body has short comings .I am sure he made some mistakes but he did his best with the players given to him against his wishes. Any way I do extend my deepest condolences to the Mrs & the entire family .May Allah shower his best blessings. Now by giving his life we all should understand one thing that nobody took the defeat so seriously as he took it .He was full of passion for the betterment of Pakistan Cricket Team.I would request all the present & previous players of the Paksitan Please please,do not accuse him for any thing now .He has given his life after a such a humiliating defeat .What ever has happen has happen .We have to look forward .This worldcup is not the end of Pakistan Cricket.Lot more to come Inshallah we will bring the cup .We just have to get the things in right places.Also do not blame Inzi on this defeat don't forget his contributions of the past most of the time in dire situations. Osman Bhai make another Blog in the honor of Bob Woolmer (GOD BLESS HIM).Love & Peace for every body.

  • Naresh on March 19, 2007, 0:39 GMT

    I live next dorrt to the Team Hotel, Turts me the atmosphere in the Hotel is sad and I've seen the players are really upset about what happened. Bob Woolmer took it to heart which shows how comitted a man he was for the cause of Cricket.

  • G. Mustafa New York on March 19, 2007, 0:38 GMT

    I am shocked at the demise of BOB and we are going to miss you. Bob has worked hard to help pakistani team to be at the top. I convey my deepest condolences to BOB family and share your greif.

  • Shah jahan on March 19, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    I 'm really very very sad,he was a fantastic coach. My condolance to Bob's family.He worked almost three years for pak team ,he could not handle the spineless performance of pak team this time around. This was a big occassion(WC),he wanted to win it for Pak but Pak team let him down. Feel sorry for his family

  • S.N. IYER on March 19, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    It is one of the saddest days in the history of CRICKET - A coach dying due to the failure of the TEAM. People the world over should realize that cricket is just a sport and losing is a part of it.The fans in the subcontinent should stop all this frenzy after a defeat. Bob Woolmer was reputed to be a coach par excellence and is death is a great loss to the cricketing community. MAY his soul REST IN PEACE.

  • Rahil Ahmed on March 19, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    Sad day, the news was a shocker....May Bob's soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Bob's family. I am sure the Pakistani team did not wanted to lose in this manner, but it happened and it can happen again we were all sad, but losing a wonderful person in Bob is absolutely a shock.

  • AYAZ on March 19, 2007, 0:36 GMT

    My thoughts and regards to BOB'S FAMILY and thank you for everything you did for the pakistani cricket...its very shocking to hear this tragedy and today its not about how the pakistani team played but its about what BOB GAVE TO THIS TEAM...ONCE AGAIN RESPECTS TO BOB'S FAMILY...THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING BOB, THANK YOU

  • Theepai Kerashey on March 19, 2007, 0:35 GMT

    I am shocked. My heart goes out to his family and those near and dear to him. Bob was true blue, he really was. May your soul rest in peace, and may you find true happines where you are.

  • nadeem on March 19, 2007, 0:35 GMT

    A legendary Coach It is indeed a sad day in the history of cricket. Cricket has lost a great fighter for these crazy pakistanis. This team is a rougue. Always in controversies. There was a time when i loved pakistani team for there fighting(opponents) spririt but today they have a different fighting(infighting) spirit. I hate this team, they r barbarians, thouroughly unprofessional and uneducated lot incl Inzi. I jsut hope pakistan stops playing cricket for some years atleast v can lead a normal life for few years

  • Salman on March 19, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    Shocked at this sad news! Rest in peace Bob, whole of Pakistan will remember you forever.

  • M Ajmal on March 19, 2007, 0:34 GMT

    I am speechless.......... no words to describe this horror. But a request to PCB and sub-continent fans.... will we learn anything now ...... or many more lives still needed. God may rest his soul in peace.

  • Mayurdeep Baruah on March 19, 2007, 0:33 GMT

    A true gentleman and great scholar of the game. My earliest memories of the man date back to the days of his association with Hansie Cronje and the fearful South African team. One incident that particularly comes to my mind was the ear phone incident, where Hansie had access to Bob's instructions and ideas while on field. As expected it did not meet with much positive reaction from the cricketing fraternity. But it did go on to show the innovative ideas the man brought into the game and on a large scale the interest he had for it. His demise will be mourned by everyone who loved and followed the game. His exit was not grand by any stretch of imagination. What it would do though, is prove a case in point because it followed an equally disastrous exit of the Pakistan cricket team from the WC 2007. It is a very rough phase for Inzamam and his team mates. Now PCB should behave very rationally which they are not really known for in the past. Because as Ponting stated there is more to the game than mere wins and losses. May the soul of this great ambassador of the game, rest in peace.

  • An on March 19, 2007, 0:33 GMT

    This was the most devastating, crushing news.I think we are all somehow responsible for this tragedy, especially us from the sub continent.Our expectations of our cricketers, coaches and the like are just inhuman, unreal.We forget that these people on the field (and off it) are humans.And look at the price they have to pay to keep us fickle supporters happy.Do you have the same expectations in your job? Instead of blaming the players and the administration, lets first blame ourselves.Bob died for us and because of us.He couldn't handle our unreal expectations.Thanks Bob for everything you did for cricket.You were a brave man to take on the challenge of making this nation happy.You did make us happy.You have left as a true winner and left us all happy, yet sad..

  • Adnan Kaleemi Toronto on March 19, 2007, 0:32 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's sudden death is another faliure of Pakistani system. A system which is demanding and not rewarding can create stress up to fatal levels. No compliance and discipline shown by the players and threats from elsewhere. Bob in the end is the scapegoat. May you rest in peace in the heavens.

  • KS on March 19, 2007, 0:31 GMT

    Dear Bob..... You were a good man and you fought a good fight... we Pakistanis are proud that you decided to share a part of your life with us, and believed in us when we ourselves did not. My most sincere condolences to your family.... Rest in Peace....this nation will always remember you.

  • Abbas Ali on March 19, 2007, 0:30 GMT

    Truly a great man...i am lost for words....Thanks for everything will be in my prayers.

    We will miss you....

  • Abdullah on March 19, 2007, 0:29 GMT

    Sad sad day for cricket. The cricketing fraterity has lost one of its most innovative thinkers, and most successful coaches. I was utterly shocked when i read about this. Puts cricket and life into perspective doesnt it. My deepepst and heartfelt condolences to Bob family and freinds. Rest in Peace, Bob Woolmer

  • Mustafa Habib - Toronto on March 19, 2007, 0:28 GMT

    I am deeply hurt and saddened by the news on Bob Woolmer. He was a good coach and this is utterly shocking. Its too much.

    This is the toughest time in Pakistan's cricket history. Our players, administration and management need to dig deep and fight their out of this turmoil. It is ridiculous to blame Inzi so heavily for this world cup loss. For the past 3 years who else except him has ever performed for this country under pressure. He is a legend, and it is a grave inhustice that his entire career is being judged by 2 games. As far as I am considered he is still a hero. It is so easy to forget.

    God bless Cricket in Pakistan.

  • 3rdina2horserace on March 19, 2007, 0:28 GMT

    I like many cricket followers the world over didn't know Bob on a personal level; but those who did, none of them had a bad thing to say about him anywhere.

    May God or Allah or whatever you want to call that Almighty being bless his soul, and my sincere condolences to those who survive him.

    Heaven needed a main-eventer like you, Bob, and you will be truly missed.

    RIP and leave a few passes at the gate.

  • Hammad Siddiqi on March 19, 2007, 0:26 GMT

    For Bob...

    An untimely death. You leave us in despair, at a time when we need you most. I cannot stop to admire your greatness and your persona. If anything we can remember you for all the great times we have had because of you. We are all grateful for the time and dedication that you invested in us. May your memory live with us always. I hope everyone remembers you for what you tried to instill in us.

    So much passion, so much dedication, so much patience but a life unfulfilled and incomplete. I am completely over our loss in the world cup but i will never get over losing you, especially in this manner - no farewells and no gratitute...only grief.....

    Sincere condolences to the Woolmer family, we are all sorry for taking him away from you...


  • Jibran Ilyas on March 19, 2007, 0:25 GMT

    I just wanted to say that the sentiments of the blog and the comments do make me feel a little better. Yesterday's loss to Ireland is nothing in the bigger picture; the man gave his life for Pakistan cricket. Kamran bhai is right; Bob was a man enough to take all the critism. I don't think we will ever get a coach like this. I just read Afridi's comments, he said "Bob was like a father to us" I am sure Malik and Afridi will miss him a lot. It hurts so bad that I can't even give a proper tribute to this legend. Bob, i just hope you get to see all this love of Pakistani people from up above. You will be in our hearts for ever!!!

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  • Emad on March 19, 2007, 0:22 GMT

    My deepest condolances to the family of Bob, Pakistan cricket has lost a father.

  • Aks on March 19, 2007, 0:19 GMT

    May the lord grant eternal rest to the soul in peace.

  • Jaffer on March 19, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    A great servant of the game and one of the sharpest cricketing brains the world has seen. We as Pakistanis can only thank him for what he has contributed to Pakistan cricket. He will surely be missed.

  • wasim saqib on March 19, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    BoB woolmer passed away: RIP I am in total disbelief,still cant believe it, and have no words to express my sorrow,my deepest condolence to his family and friends.

  • Faheem on March 19, 2007, 0:17 GMT

    Respect Bob, Respect


  • cricketeer1 on March 19, 2007, 0:14 GMT

    This is a great loss to world cricket, and to us Pakistanis it is a shock. My Condolences to Bob's family. We, the fans, never ever doubted his committment to Pakistan cricket because we knew the man was nothing if not a professional and honest.

  • Shazad Ali Khan ( Johannesburg, South Africa) on March 19, 2007, 0:14 GMT

    My heart goes out to Bob's family, friends and pakistani nation. Pakistani nation is extremely emotional people. As much as they might be angry at the team's poor performance, they are extremely sad on Bob's death. Its a very forgiving nation. My thoughts go out to Pakistan cricket team who not only have to face the onslaught of the media and nation on their disgraceful loss but also now emotionally being blamed for Bob's tragic death. But one must remember what makes a nation a great nation is to rise up to the occasion. Our cricket team played badly. It was a bad day at the office. They are still our team, our heroes. On this day of mourning, we should unite for what Bob would have wanted all of us to do; to support the team.This is sports where one has to lose. Unfortunately this time it was Pakistan who lost. Lets all unite and help the team in this very difficult time who have lost a father figure and I am sure not a single Pakistani player would have wanted this to happen. They would have loved to see off Bob on a high note. Unfortunately it did not happen. The world of cricket is certainly poorer without Bob Woolmer.Bob you'll be greatly missed by the whole cricket world in general and Pakistani nation in particulr. May your soul rest in peace( Inna Lillahe wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon).

  • Numaan on March 19, 2007, 0:14 GMT

    I wrote a comment on Bob's blog and my last words to him were your a legend and thats exactly what he is/was and will be remembered as. I think his legacy to Pakistan is to remind everyone that you must embrace new things and look to the future. Inzamam has finally resigned from one day cricket and now Pakistan can look to build a new team, which I'm sure is what bob would have wanted. But on the other Hand I think it is scandalous Inzamam has signalled his intent to carry on in test cricket I feel as though this is an insult to Pakistani fans and more directly to what Bob would have wanted.

  • Asher C on March 19, 2007, 0:13 GMT

    My deepest condolences and sympathy to Mrs Woolmer and her family on this tragic loss. It is by far the most tragic day in Pakistan's cricket history. He brought Pakistan's cricket from nowhere to the top. He gave his life for us and his loyality is well proven by his untimely departure. The PCB and govt of Pakistan is responsible to completley provide financial and emotional support to his family. If possible i would like to see a benefit match happen in his memory and the entire proceeding to be delivered to his family. It is a shame for our nation and former cricketers who criticised him and Inzi, his departure proved that he was more loyal to Pakistan's cricket then any one else in the past.

  • Nadeem on March 19, 2007, 0:13 GMT

    Bob showed his honesty with his work and could not bear the defeat of Pakistani team. We as a Pakistani (and most importantly as a Muslim) should learn from this incident. We should show fully dedication to our work/job instead of struggling for power and money. This all (power and money) will be left in this world. We'll take nothing with us except our good deeds. May ALLAH bring all of us to the right path.

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  • imran on March 19, 2007, 0:10 GMT

    thanx BOB wt you gave to cricket and May God rest you in peace... I luved your passion fr da game as i was ur great follower

  • Harish H on March 19, 2007, 0:10 GMT

    Open Letter to India and Pakistan Fans

    Now, after huge amount of hype about the world cup is over. Now Pakistan is out of the WC. Who knows what will happen next FRIDAY to India. We already lost a precious life to this stupid game, rightly called "Game of uncertainties". I sincerely feel please spare the lives of the cricketers when they return home and live their lives normally. Its just a game. They are just humans. Please don't harm them. Just think how many good things they did during their glorious playing days.


  • Sohail Shad UK on March 19, 2007, 0:07 GMT


    Words always cant describe what heart feels. althrogh his tenure with Pakistan people loved him and criticsm from former players on BOB . well it comes with package when you coach Pakistan and hats off to BOB it was first day when general public questioned his involvment in Pakistan team and they got their answers. he did his job honestly and he gave his life for it he died on job ... i do agree with one of comments that he should be hounoured in Pakistan and Pakistan govt and pcb should recognze his services. i am hurt as everybody and my condolance to bobs family. may almighty give them strength to take this shock.

  • Yassar on March 19, 2007, 0:06 GMT

    May Allah rest Bob Woolmer’s soul in peace and grant his family patience and resolve in dealing with this tragedy.

    I write this with a deeply saddened heart but when such incidents happen it really puts things into perspective and a game of cricket all of a sudden means nothing at all. Today the world has lost a dignified man, a thorough professional who always gave 100%.

    Bob Woolmer always said that you need to play the game first and foremost for enjoyment after all it is only a game and if you are not enjoying it then you should not be here. Bob Woolmer’s contribution to the game and to Pakistan certainly gave not only fans of the game enjoyment but also the players of the game enjoyment.

    As a supporter of Pakistani cricket I am extremely grateful to Bob for his wonderful work with the Pakistani cricket team…he was a dedicated scholar of the game who passed away in the line of duty for Pakistan and as a result I hope he is honoured duly.

    Rest in peace Bob…we miss you!!

  • Bilal Abdul Jabbar on March 19, 2007, 0:04 GMT

    RIP Bob Woolmer,

    The coach can not be blamed for a teams failure on the pitch! My heart cries out for a man who gave it his all for Pakistani Cricket. He worked so hard, to work in very bad situations and got blamed most of the time; simply because our players were not up to standards of international cricket.

    Bob was by a distance the best coach Pakistan had, and they will never have a coach again that can match the work ethic, spirit and the positive atmosphere around the team.

    Bob ..... I hope u didn't blame yourself for the teams failure. You did what you could, but the players always let you down. The illiterate team members and crowds always played the blame game.

    The fact of the matter is that the standards for their international game are poor. Domestic structure is still shambles, and as a die hard pakistani fan I feel disgusted by not only the teams performance but the behaviour of the people back home.

    "After all its only a Game..." - Bob Woolmer (RIP)

  • Arvind on March 19, 2007, 0:04 GMT

    Both Saturday(03/17) and Sunday(03/18) are the dark days in cricket. Saturday was the cause for Bob's loss on Sunday, no doubt. I am an Indian but I feel sorry for many of my Pakistani friends. Even I wanted to have either India or Pak or both to go all the way to the finals. There is no religion and secularism in sports. This World Cup is showing an example that "don't talk, show it in action". Mostly India would also follow Pakistan's path of exit. It's high time to review the endorsements, hype and fame generated through the emotions of billions of cricket fans. Surely, the players are over-paid and how many are contributing towards to charity.

    Poor Bob , succumbed to emotions. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Rit Chandra on March 19, 2007, 0:02 GMT

    Unbelievable! I am still shaking my head in disbelief. God bless you Bob. You will forever be remembered as a great coach, a wonderful human being, and one of the gems of world cricket. Rest in peace.

  • Tauseef Khan on March 19, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was given an impossible task of coaching the Pakistan cricket team. He worked harder than anyone before, with passion, courage and humility. It worked also - until the Oval debacle which unwinded all the unity and team spirit that he worked for so hard till that time. We as a team and as a nation let him down. As a coach he was not given the respect he deserved; we should all be ashamed for calling for his head when it was not his fault - the fault lied with the team, the management and all the cooks that are spoiling the broth. We never gave him peace of mind, and now alas he could not take more of this tirade. Shame on us all. Sorry Bob for all the bad things we kept saying about you for so long. You were always wonderful. May your soul rest in peace. Amen

  • Hussain Nasir on March 19, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    The Cricket Board of Pakistan faces tragedy in multiple faces. The PCB is incapible of managing the Pakistan Cricket team; which is the very bane of its existence. Condolences to coach woolmer's family.

  • RD Memon on March 19, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    A black day in the cricket history of pakistan. we will miss you BOB. Pakistan Govt should give him the highest civilian award and PCB & pakistani players should atleast go to his home country to attend the funerals. and i will ask the bloody ex players of pakistan like MIANDAD that shut ur mouth who was the enemy of BOB coz he occupied miandad's job.

  • mohammad munir on March 18, 2007, 23:57 GMT

    sorry bob we let you down.the person most responsible for this tragedy is maulana inzi.after the loss to windies last week,dr.naseem ashraf openly told his close friends staying in the same hotel,that inzi calls all the shots.he is the one who forces his bad decisions on managment and players.he solely picked rana naveed despite his repaeted dismal performances is because rana had grown a beard and joined tableeghi jumaat.if president of the board feels that he could not confront inzi and his hegemony then we can only imagine what bob must have to go through day in and day out.during the same interactions bob woolmer himself complained that some of the players dont listen to him at all,the worst being imran millions of others i could not sleep last night,cricket was the only escape we had,and now the mullah has taken that away as well.mullah has destroyed the fabric of our society now he has destroyed cricket as time maulana yusuf should come to bat wearing a burqa since he has refused to be photographed.

  • haepreet bhinder ladi on March 18, 2007, 23:56 GMT

    he is really nice person i met him once a time in my life i am very sad with this news and if he did something or it happen with hin only cricket he is the real men i have no words to say about him he did a great secrifie for pakistan team sorry men i am so sad

  • Usman Mohammad on March 18, 2007, 23:56 GMT

    RIP Bob thank you for everything you have done for Pakistan cricket

  • Rizwan on March 18, 2007, 23:55 GMT

    The tragic death of Bob Woolmer is a remider for all of us to not forget our humanity in the face of dramatization of sports, be it cricket or soccer. It should remind us that after all this is just a sport. It should help us reflect on how trivial our anger is, how superficial our passion for cricket is. If the reason for Bob's tragic departure is our loss to Ireland, why it should be so? Is it a good enough cause? If it was the pressure and the depression of loosing 'a' cricket match, should we all not share the burden of his death. After all, we are partly responsible for causing the emotions of desperation, frustration, disppointment, fear and so on. May we all learn to see cricket as simply a form of sport, something to be enjoyed but not sensationaized. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Misbah on March 18, 2007, 23:54 GMT

    Bob, You will most definately be missed by all the true Pakistani fans.

  • Riaz Haq on March 18, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    The “foreign coach” passed way this morning. This has caused a lot more sadness for those of us who care about cricket in Pakistan.

    I’m personally very shocked and saddened by this tragedy. It seems that Bob Woolmer is the only one who felt the greatest responsibility for the loss.

    I think this man literally and figuratively gave his life for cricket.

    Every one else of our comrades in charge of Pak Cricket leadership seem to be engaged in a CYA operation and refusing to accept responsibility.

    The least they can do is to resign and make room for new blood.

  • Arshad on March 18, 2007, 23:53 GMT

    RIP BOb. You made sacrifices for a sport that is a religion in our country. The administrators of Pakistan's cricket should a learn from this great man. President Musharraf has been the main cause of the unmentionable downgrading quality of Pakistan's cricket. We have a President who cares only about himself and keeping his people safe. Who will listen to the real cricket lovers?

  • naseer on March 18, 2007, 23:52 GMT

    i read an artice earlier today in which former pak cricketers had criticised bob woolmer for the performance of pakistani team. i didnt agree with their opinions at all, as it was not the fault of one of the greatest coaches in the world, but the fault of pakistani players for their performance in the world cup.i would always hear him say that cricket was his passion,me n majority of the pakistani people would believe his words.i just got back from work n this is the first thing i read.i cant believ, he is no more, pakistan cricket would miss a bob woolmer who sacrificed his life for pakistan deepest sympathy goes to his family n may Allah bless his soul n give courage to his family to bear the pain n suffering caused by his death. n dis day should be remembered as a black day for pakistan cricket

  • karthik on March 18, 2007, 23:52 GMT

    though am from india i have always been in awe of woolmer's tactical grasp of the game.the world will not see his like again.. RIP bob and have a safe journey to the place of everlasting peace.

  • munish on March 18, 2007, 23:51 GMT

    A blank space which can be never filled now, bob proved that he was true soldier of cricket, may god bless your soul, "SIR BOB"

  • Terry Gonsalves,Calgary, Canada on March 18, 2007, 23:47 GMT

    My heartfelt condolences to Bob Woolmer's family. At this tragic time, let all the cricket world and fans, remember that Bob was a true servant of Pakistan's cricket.The odds for success, in coaching a team from Pakistan, is beyond measure. Bob, devoted a good part of his life to the challenge, with commitement,diligence and professionalism. Let all those who criticised, be ashamed.Pakistan's cricket is infected and needs to be treated. Bob, under extenuating odds tried to treat this infection without any appreciation from the 'no goods'. May these individuals step forward and be counted. The stress was too much. Bob, you have done your job well, to your family and to cricket. May you rest in eternal peace.

  • Basharat Malik on March 18, 2007, 23:45 GMT

    My deepest thoughts go to Bob Woolmer's Family and also to Pakistan Team. The team must be devastated as they are aware of the fact that Bob did not get the fair deal with Pakistan team due to politics. Pakistani cricketers are not very appreciative at best of time and I am a huge fan of Pakistan team and could not sleep last nigh but Bob Woolmer's news shook me to my roots. I really am shocked that a man of his calibre loved and respected a game of cricket so much. Solute to you Bob. You will always be regarded as one of the greatest coaches in cricket history. We love you all.

  • Shahid on March 18, 2007, 23:45 GMT

    Bob Woolmer will be remembered for bringing together a group of indiviuals and making them into a team. Recent losses have not tarnished his image in our eyes as idiotic policies of PCB are to blame. My condolences to Bob's family. May you rest in peace and find a place in heaven. Inshallah Shahid, Cleveland

  • nimesh on March 18, 2007, 23:43 GMT

    he was indeed a great personality!! what a wonderfull gentleman! his talents were all waisted on a disgracefull pakistani team who knew left from right!! with uneducated idiots like inzamam shoib and afridi representing there country what do u expect from the country men??? i still doubt the PCB would have lernd there lesson!! u were a great coach SIR! may ur legend live for ever!! inzamam this should have been u and the others!! shame on the whole of pakistan!!

  • Adeel Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 23:43 GMT

    Our deepest condolences to Bob's family. This is tragic and shocking. We are all grateful for all Bob did and tried to do for Pakistani cricket. From fans in Kingston, Jamaica.

  • Mandar Lagu on March 18, 2007, 23:41 GMT

    Saddened, Disheartened, Devastated!!!! What a cruel way of reminding all Pakistani and Indian fans that there is LIFE BEYOND CRICKET!! R.I.P.

  • inzaman choudry on March 18, 2007, 23:40 GMT

    i think pakistan should stop playing all sports. they are only good in goolli ganda.its shame to see pakistani players representing pakistan in any sports. they need to learn from the bangladeshi players to play cricket. pakistan should be ban from participating in any sports.

  • zeeshan on March 18, 2007, 23:38 GMT

    bob woolmer.. we miss you and may you rest in peace. his death is defnitly an effect of the disastrous performance of this dismal team and players. in 2003, he was hired, simply bc of the horrible performance of this same team. now, after 4 years of working extremely hard with these players, not only have they let down billions of fans around the world, they let down the one man that backed the team most, woolmer. and now look, woolmer is gone, and it doesnt take a rocket scientist to figure that this damn weak performance was the reason why.. We will miss you bob, RIP.

  • Sefal Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:37 GMT

    RIP Bob - my deepest condolences to Mrs Woolmer and his family. A very sad day in Pakistan cricket.

  • Faesal on March 18, 2007, 23:36 GMT

    Bob's demise is a terrible loss to Pakistan Cricket and the cricket world in general. He took on one of the most difficult job, coaching a Pakistani team, and the team failed him. My heart goes out to his family and I offer my deepest condolences at this trying time.

  • Imran on March 18, 2007, 23:36 GMT

    RIP Bob - May God bless your soul .... IK

  • Abhishesh on March 18, 2007, 23:34 GMT

    I didn't really knew a lot about him until i just now when i read the articles posted on the web. i didn't knew that much about him. the passion he felt for cricket, his innovative techniques. i think we: the people of the subcontinent need to realize the fact that in the end cricket is just a game and even the biggest team can lose to the smallest team. We need to channel the passion which we feel for the game in the right direction.

  • Saqib Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:32 GMT

    Woolmer no doubt the best coach Pakistan cricket have ever seen. He not only worked to make the Pakistan cricket better but also worked with the individual cricketers to improve their everyday life style. I can't believe that he has passed away. No body in the world wants to die like this that to which institution he or she been linked perform so badly on the previous day of his or her death. Its sad rather very sad I don't have words to explain my sorrows. My sympathy is with his family and also with Pakistan criket team who are going through a very tough period through past few months. May Bob's soul rest in peace. Amen

  • Xa|man on March 18, 2007, 23:32 GMT

    Oh God! Is this the Darkest of Days. Bob Woolmer's death puts so many things into perspective that It's Just a GAME! just a game for crying out loud. It should never take lives, no matter what the consequences or the results are. Pakistan cricket is just a mere reflection of the general society, which has enough good in it to prevent a complete Armageddon, but consistently harbors indiscipline and irrationality. Bob tried. At least he tried. He was a good man, a man with honest and sincere intentions and he will be remember as such. Rest in Peace BW.

  • Irshad Patel - Houston, Texas on March 18, 2007, 23:32 GMT

    My condolences are with Bob's family.

    Pakistan was very lucky to have Bob accepting the difficult job of coaching Pakistan's talented cricketers. I thank his family for going through the pain of absence of a family member just for the sake of a job, a job from which he shall never return.

    I am sure Bob's credibility was at stake when he took this job but he under estimated the stance of Pakistani decision makers...Patron and Cheif, Chairman PCB, Chairman and members of the proud selection committee, players of Pakistan cricket team and also the nation of Pakistan.

    Bob must have thought he is taking a job where he will be rewarded with thanks and gestures of cooperation to attain the objective of making Pakistani cricket team a winner with free hand.

    He will never know the nature of this nation and its people. This non Pakistani who was just doing his job took it to his heart and gave his life for that cause and his credibility was lost due to all the above mentioned people who are responsible for todays tragic out come....but all the responsible culprits will live without any remorse...thinking that everbody is MAD and UPSET right now, our business will restore and begin again after the storm settles.

    I do not think any body will ever come and help us,even for handsome money, if WE are not ready to help our bring right people to do the job and not the people who got PAARCHEE and Sifarish.

    Bob never realised the team that gets selected is all "who you know, not what you know" and that is what my great nation is all about. Inzi, M Yousuf, Shoab Malik, Younis Khan,Hafeez,Sami,Umar Gul they are innocent b/c they cannot perform in all games. Rest of the players should be out not only from Pakistani team but also from the street teams in their home towns. I demand that good people should be brought to make good decisons or else our country will suffer in every prospect let cricket alone. Pakistani people should refrain from attacking cricketers' property and families because this is not right !


  • Gugu on March 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    My deepest condolences. I will only say he was made for teams like South Africa who listened to others. I am sure his intent was good but we did not deserve a person like him. We made him looked bad so much so we all (including me) started criticising them. I don't know in hindsight how he thought about his decision to accept Pakistan coaching job. I feel sad like everybody. My care to Bob's family.

  • feroz karmally on March 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    deeply shocked to hear about Bob Woolmer. Am tired of hearing about Pakistan talent. Their fielding was always lousy, their bowling weakened by the absence of the two irresponsible dopes, and then batting like amateur schoolboys. The only thing left is heart and they did not show that either. Where do they get these disgraceful players from? World class cricket has more to do with thinking and patience that comes through education. Picking all these guys from the village who have none, and glorifying players like Afridi. Only Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousef and Umar Gul deserve to stay. Inzy should be out first, with Kamran, Younis a quick second. The rest cannot even be considered players for world class cricket.

  • Nasser on March 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's tragic death seems to be the culmination of the most tumultous period in Pakistan cricket. It also puts the game in to perspective for all of us.

    I met Bob in Barabados a couple of years ago. I was down there with some friends to watch Pakistan play the Windies. After three days of the test match, the Pakistan team was down and out and staring defeat in the face. That night we were out having dinner at a local seaside restaurant. Just as we sat down we noticed that Bob was having dinner there with two other people (perhaps his wife and son). He was just finishing up and as he got up to leave I turned around and said "Hey Bob" without really knowing how we would respond. To our surprise, he walked over and started talking to us in an extremely friendly and casual manner. We talked for about 5-10 minutes in which he expressed regret for the performance in that particular test match but said that "we will win the second test in Jamaica and tie the series". He also, surprisingly, told us about the fight between Younis and Afridi in the dressing room at the end of the first day's play. That was well before that story was picked up by the press. He then talked about the mental fragility of the Pakistan team and how an episode like that caused the individuals in the team to go in to their own individual corner. He then clinched his fist to signify how the team comes together when they are playing India. We wished him luck, thanked him for his good work with the Pakistani team and promised to show up the next day to cheer the team on. He thanked us for the support. The next day Pakistan lost but not before Afridi entertained us with a century.

    Bob was clearly passionate about cricket, very approachable and understood the mental challenges of the Pakistan team. What we were suprised by was his willingness to discuss openly what was clearly a controversial dressing room issue. And there in probably lies one reason why he had some trouble with the cricket structure in Pakistan where most controversial issues are swept under the rug.

    While I felt that it was time for the Pakistan team and Bob Woolmer to go their separate ways it was not because of any short comings on his part. I think he made a tremendous impact in the first two years of his tenure. The Pakistan team showed spine - Akmal and Razzaq in Mohali, Malik's match saving century in Sri Lanka and Asif's match winning performance in the same series, Akmal's match winning inning against India at Karachi, the victory against England at Multan, the fightback against India first with the series tying victory at Bangalore and then the come-from-behind 4-2 win in the ODIs. The home series against England was probably the high point of Bob's tenure. The slide in Pakistan's fortunes over the last year probably had more to do with Inzamam and the manner in which he seemed to marginalize Bob's role - especially since the England tour last summer.

    Bob's tenure saw the emergence of Younis, Yousuf, Malik, Asif, Gul, Kaneria, and Akmal (who despite his recent troubles has a fair amount of talent). What he was unable to produce was a reliable opening pair and any other middle order batsmen to take over from the Big-Three. Nevertheless, his contribution was substantial and his legacy to Pakistan cricket will be some of these players that he helped nurture and develop.

    Above all, as I learnt through my own personal interaction, Bob was a good man. His passing the day after one of the worst losses of his career is a cruel twist of fate. But he will be remembered for all the great things he accomplished in cricket all around the world. Bob - We will miss you. Rest in peace.

  • Zeeshan Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    I would like to say a BIG Thanks to Bob services. He did alot for Pakistan cricket. When Pakistan cricket was in demise, he helped Pakistani's to raise their standard of game. He had a great understanding with Inzi, thats why Inzi always respected him. The world of cricket lost a legend, a marvellous coach with revolutionary ideas. I would like to say Sorry on behalf of whole nation as well. Sorry for those unprofessional people who are burning his and Inzi's effigies. I feel sorry for his death and want to send condolences to his family. He will be remembered.

    Thanks alot Bob, your services for Pakistan are highly appreciated !!!

  • ZN on March 18, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    We will miss you Bob. You were the best thing ever happened to Pakistani cricket team. I think we all should realize that the problem is not with coaches and players, it is with SYSTEM. Pakistan has been eliminated in first round, back to back in two World cups. This is a good enough sign that whatever process and system PCB is following is not working. So wake up (PCB) god damit, and change the SYSTEM.

  • Kamran on March 18, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    When my friend called me and told me about the news, I thought it was a bad joke and he was just venting his frustration after yesterday's defeat... Sadly, that was not the case. I am deeply saddened by the demise of one of the greatest thinkers the world of cricket will ever see. I have been an avid fan since his days with the South African team. My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends and I too hope that his death did not have anything to do with Pakistan's loss because that guilt will be too hard to swallow for most of us cricket fans in Pakistan. He took on an impossible mission and he actually tried to accomplish it. For all those who think he has done nothing for Pakistani cricket, let me remind them that for almost his entire tenure, Pakistani team was ranked third in the world and that's no mean feat. We Pakistanis thank him from the profound depths of our hearts for the services he rendered for Pakistan Cricket. May God bless his soul.

  • Iqbal Zaman on March 18, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    Dear Bob,may your soul rest in peace. You gave us Pakistanis your all I hope you could have gotten a bit of happiness in return.

    A very sad day for all cricket fans. My condolences to Mrs.Woolmer and the rest of the family.

  • Omar on March 18, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    I feel physically sick.

  • Prasanna Kovalam on March 18, 2007, 23:29 GMT

    I express my deep shock, and sorrow at the passing away of Bob Woolmer. The game is indeed poorer for it. I give my heartfelt condolences to the Woolmer family, and in praying that God rest his soul in peace, I pray that God give the Woolmer family, the strength and courage needed in such times of grief

  • Mustan on March 18, 2007, 23:28 GMT

    May god bless your soul. You truly lived and died for the game and for that you deserve the utmost respect.

  • Mujeeb Jan on March 18, 2007, 23:28 GMT

    HE PLAYED FOR CRICKET AND DIED FOR CRICKET. My heartfelt condolences for Bob's family. I wish the Chairman of PCB had the guts along with his Selectors have same conscience and leave cricket forever . Everyone will die one day , but dying with GRACE is something else. At least compared to the spineless Cricket Board and management ( with the Cricket Board Chairman peeping into the players dressing’s room) , BOB at least died with GRACE.

  • Sukaina on March 18, 2007, 23:26 GMT

    When a team cannot get the bat to make contact with the ball against amateurs like Ireland, it is most definitely not the coach's fault. But yes, it was Bob Woolmer's fault that he thought he could change a bunch of petty, selfish and lazy individuals aka Pakistan cricket team. As a nation, it has become our habit to lay the blame on other people and 'kismat' . As has been proven by his death, Bob Woolmer was a dedicated and sincere person and I feel very very saddened, that the players of my country are somewhat responsible for this tragedy.

  • James on March 18, 2007, 23:26 GMT

    Just awfully sad. A fine player and a great coach - and, by all accounts a very nice man. God bless, Bob, and my condolences to those he leaves behind.

  • olmert on March 18, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    im very shocked and sad...not only Pakistan but the World has lost a great cricketing mind... my deepest condolenses to Mr. Woolmer's family... Bob we will miss you...and salute all the great work you have done for Pakistan and World Cricket

  • Muhammad Usman Younis on March 18, 2007, 23:25 GMT

    I wish I could express my sorrow here. Had hardly come out of the grief of Pakistan's loss that this shocking news came. I feel deeply aggrieved over the loss of the bereaved family. His life was dedicated to the promotion of cricket. Much has been said and will be said over his achievements and dedications to cricket; much by those who knew him and some by those who didn't know him. I would just like to put it in Nasser Hussain's words, 'he deserved a better end'. Having said that I would also like to tell our people back home who are fond of burning effigies of people that everyone has an end here. Yes, we know people in Pakistan are very sentimental about cricket, not to mention the sensitivity attached to cricket across the border, yet we must think twice before taking such actions, that we must learn to pay respect to professionals, that we must realize, the actions we do here build our image as a nation abroad. Can those people justify their actions now, or is Bob's death a negligible proof to his attachment with Pakistan's cricket? I, Bob, offer an apology. I'm convinced that the loss is ours; one that you thought was yours. Now, as I’m writing these lines, the news of Inzimam’s retirement have also caught the eye. I wish sanity prevails and we come out of this shocking defeat unhurt. This defeat has already damaged international cricket by taking away Bob. I just wish there were no more casualties to the Ireland defeat. By saying this, I don’t want to infer that those responsible shall not get a whip. But I ask of Pakistani nation to act sensibly. Yes, I know people can’t take this loss easily. I’m a Pakistani too, so much so that I fell ill over this defeat myself and had hardly recovered when I heard the news of Bob’s sad demise. He proved a better Pakistani than me at least. For those who think Pakistan team management is responsible for the defeat, I would just like to request that they give a little attention to Ireland’s performance in the matches leading to world cup and the warm up matches. Yes, I know our players batted miserably, that they were too afraid of the green on the pitch but Ireland had also come to play and they did bowl good lines. Take a look at the replays, only one Pakistani main batsman got out to an irresponsible shot; most of them were victims of some good deliveries bowled by Irish bowlers. But I know whatever I say yet many heads will roll like they did in 2004. We must learn from history; that we still couldn’t make it to the next round. Nothing we do in the aftermath of this loss will guarantee a place in the next grand event. Our team needs support at this critical juncture. I request the nation to come up in their support. Yes, I know there were some undeserving players in the team. But cricket must come out as a winner in the end. I earnestly feel that some players like Inzimam, Yousaf and Younis are given a fair chance to improve the record books. I just want to repeat my wish that THERE WERE NO MORE CASUALTIES TO THE IRELAND DEFEAT. I also wish we give a chance to this team to pay tribute to Bob’s cricketing career by putting up a good performance. And I also wish that we give a chance to this team to satisfy Bob’s spirit.

  • Kamran on March 18, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    This day should go down in the history books as the day Pakistan cricket hit rock bottom. Black Sunday if you will. Bob Woolmer's death has left the world in a state of shock. If we as a cricketing nation have the smallest iota of integrity and dignity, then we should ought to hang our heads in shame. Our cricket team should resign from their positions. There is only so much a coach can do, there is famous saying "You can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink". I think Mr. Woolmer did the best anyone has ever done with our team, but how low can a team sink that we depart the world cup in such disgraceful fashion?. I extend my deepest condolences to Mr. Woolmer's family and I plead the Pakistani government to posthumously reward him with a medal of honour for service to our nation.

  • Tariq Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    Sad demise of Bob woolmer tells us the stress involves with modern day sports. Bob was a genius and I still can't believe that he has passed away. No doubt pakistan cricket will not recover from this mental blow for years to come. All critics of Bob woolmer now needs to shut up as his death showed the amount of stress and grief he had on board with pakistani team's defeat. A coach can only guide a team, not play for them. My deepest condolences to Bob woolmer's family. May God rest his soul in peace. (Ameen)

  • Ali Khan, Cambridge UK on March 18, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    What is there to write! Bob Wolmer, the only man of dignity among the brigade of shameless officials associated with Pakistan cricket collapsed under the mismanagement of a cricket board and the inaptitude of a team he had worked so hard to build.

    In one of my recent comments to Bob’s recent tour diary I reiterated that he was the only coach in memory that had brought some much needed stability to Pakistan cricket. It is no coincidence that despite all our frailties we are ranked number 3 in both forms of the game and had it not been for the so-called injured (drugged and undisciplined to be precise!) players we would have done even better.

    Unfortunately there has been endless criticism of Bob’s inability to find a reliable opening pair. Kamran, I ask you are there any technically sound batsmen in our domestic cricket endowed with the ability to counter the seam and swing? None! People can brag all they want about Yasir Hameed and Salman Butt; the truth of the matter is that they would not have made much of a difference. Hameed was found on the South African wickets and Mr Butt could not even cope with the gentle medium pace of Pathan on docile Pakistani pitches.

    The question is: who is to blame then?

    During Ayub Khan’s regime it was said that he was Faisalabad's clock tower! There was no escaping his influence and authority in any matter. Unfortunately we have not come a long way since. Still the sole criterion to occupy a position of national importance is how tight you are with the ruler of the time. Dr Nasim Ashraf is a prime example of this painful phenomenon.

    Since its inception how many bosses has PCB had that actually knew how to hold the God damned cricket bat in their hands and not between their legs? Not only were most of these guys unfamiliar with the sport they were poor administrators; in fact to call them 'administrators' is an abuse of the term. The result is the shambles of our WC 2007 campaign. It is shameful to mention PCB’s role in dealing with the following issues:

    1. Captaincy dispute around the ICC Champions Trophy 2. Druggies: particularly Shoaib Akhtar 3. Akhtar’s derogatory treatment of Bob Wolmer and Inzamam 4. Waqar Younis’ sacking as bowling coach and the subsequent steep decline of Rana Naveed and co. 5. Mushtaq Ahmad’s controversial appointment as bowling coach on Inzi’s behest (was he appointed to coach Kaneria, who was then not even a part of Pakistan ODI side!)

    Any lesser man would have spit on the face of management and left for good. Bob’s fault was that he honoured his commitment and tried his best to do the job he loved so much.

    But is there someone man enough to take responsibility for the chain reaction of one disaster after the other up to the tragic death of Bob Wolmer? Not someone with a Green Passport I bet! Probably we should all blame Darrel Hair.

    (Plz Kamran, post these comments in full. I am not an emotional person but I can’t help it anymore.)

  • Usman Nabi on March 18, 2007, 23:23 GMT

    So shocked and saddend to hear the death of The great Bob Woolmer, Still cnt believe it, He made huge differences to the pakistan since arriving in 2004.

    I was luck enough to meet him scotland when they toured england in 2006, A true gentleman and a great coach,

    rest in peace.

  • Imad on March 18, 2007, 23:23 GMT

    This is indeed a sad day for Pakistan and Pakistani cricket. Bob Woolmer was a thorough and dedicated coach with a loyalty to the country he adopted, far exceeding that of some of its own countrymen. I hope we Pakistanis learn something from this incident which we couldnt learn during Bob Woolmers life. Integrity, Character and Loyalty come before all else. May Allah have mercy on Bob's soul.

  • Jules on March 18, 2007, 23:21 GMT

    Its not Cricket / Players / Loss to Ireland that killed Bob, Its the public, So called fans that killed him. I was reading through cricinfo news that some pakistani Senate members, Sarfraz Nawaz, Press issued statements such as "Fire Them", "Hang Them" .. People have gone Paranoid .. Would you hang yourselves if you loose a game of Cricket ? Sarfraz Nawaz .. Did you even slap yourself when you performed poorly ? What right does anyone have to talk about others ... Why do you make them GODS if they win a game ? and Why do you want to kill them if they loose a game ? Its the public that is the problem. I am an Indian .. When India lost to Bangladesh .. At our home we were looking at some of the statements made in Indian Media .. and thought .. If i was a cricketer .. I would have rather died than listening to the abuses made. How many lives will Indian and Pakistani Fans need before they get back to their senses. God bless all the cricketers who have given us so much joy for decades .. Inzi , Bob, Rahul , Greg .. and to every other player / coach associated with Cricket .. I bow to you all for bearing all the injustice being done to you day after day .. You all will always be known for your skills and for the joy you brought to us. Doesn't matter if you lost a game ... as to the public .. Who cares.. They are nobody anyways .. They will live like insects and die like insects .. They will never know the what it takes to make a International Cricketer .. God Bless you ALL!!

  • Masood Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:21 GMT

    He was a great person and a very lively man, otherwise it would have been difficult to deal with this pakistanti team full of raw, crude and indisplined players. To take a job of Pakistani coach in itself is a big challenge.He took this challenge and always supported players in all conditions even during the Oval episode and Doping scandal.I donot think that Pak will get a better coach than Bob. Pakistani govt should help his family and team should play a match for his family support.

  • Khurram on March 18, 2007, 23:17 GMT

    I always used to support Inzy and Woolmer even during losses. Even after Ireland's loss. Its extremely hard to function in a system where everyone is out to get you.

    This is a lesson for the Pakistani public, to understand what kind of pressure they exert on our players and coach.

    I am extremely saddned by his unexpected demise as he was truly the best coach Pakistan ever had.

  • Shehryar on March 18, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    To the greatest thing that ever happened to a sorry and spineless team...Rest in Peace Bob deserved much better....

  • Nagendra Kaushik on March 18, 2007, 23:16 GMT

    I cannot believe someone can have so much passion for the game that he gives up his life. I feel for Bob and Pakistani players, they tried their best. Losing to Ireland did hurt Woolmer's pride and it was too hard for anyone to swallow Pakistan's loss to Ireland. But, it's game after all at the end of the day. I feel very sorry and well, I hope that PCB learns something from this and guys, end this politics, goes with you. Live like tiger as long as you live and try your best. Please for God sake end this politics and give chances to players who truly deserve it. That would be tribute to a person who laid down his life for game. I still cannot believe it.May God Bless his soul

  • Waqar on March 18, 2007, 23:15 GMT

    Nightmare for Pakistan, the loss to Ireland yesterday was nothing compared to the shock we recieved today.

    such a tragic loss for us all

    My deepest condolences to Bob Woolmer's family.

    May he rest in peace

  • N Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:13 GMT

    I am in complete shock, not just by the quick exit of the Pakistan team (although in my heart I almost expected it at some stage early in the competition) but by the most tragic news ever linked to World Cup Cricket and Pakistan. I am deeply sadden by the loss of a very jovial and splendid coach, dear Bob, with whom I have had corresponded with on his site. He was passionate for the game and really wanted to be in touch with the players, the fans and anyone else interested in cricket. He did his best to promote it worldwide. His past achievements showed he had the potential (England were probably lining him up as their next coach!). It was unfortunate he got bogged down by Pakistan Crckets red tape - the poor cricket infrastructure, lack of grass roots cricket, mis-management and political monkey business and the fact he had such a limited set of players to work with. The players were limited (not neccessary in talent), but most certainly in mental makeup and technical skills. Bob will be rememebered for doing his best and hanging in there during the tough times when other lesser men would have walked. My condolenses to the family. May he RIP. Amen.

  • Arshad on March 18, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    i was initially very angry when pakistan lost to Ireland but this is just too tragic. Bob was a good man and a gentle soul and he was NOT to blame for the teams dismal performances as these things can happen to the best of teams. I send my deepest condolances to Bob's family and friends. Cricket is not bigger than someones life. To hell with such cricket that would hurt someones heart so bad that it could literally take a life. Bob you will alsways be bigger than the game! god bless you!

  • Saeed Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    Fisrt of all i offer my deepest of condolences to Bob's family. He was great man. Since Bob joined the Pakistan team, we have always felt about him like our own national, I must say that many eyes have went tears like mine as well for Bob's shocking death. I salute Bob for all his service's to cricket world and especially Pakistani cricket team. It have been wonderful having Bob aside, he was a loving and joyful person. "MAY ALLAH REST HIS SOUL IN HEAVEN"

  • Raza Ansari on March 18, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    You will always remain in our heart.Whatever you have done for our team have been greatly respected.Bob, you have been the best coach Pakistan cricket ever had.You were a great coach of an ungrateful cricket definitely deserved more than this.The Pakistani nation slaute you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you and may your soul rest in peace

  • Mohsin on March 18, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    I cannot believe this happened, he was the best coach that i have seen in my life time, he supported the pakistan team soo much and even outside the feild he dedicated his life to pakistan cricket, i am truly sadened by his dead i hope he rest in peace.

  • Saqib on March 18, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    Bob, it was all of us, not you alone, we all lost the game not only you, why u did that? I cried, why? We love you, may Allah bless your soul in piece we shall always remember your efforts for pak cricket...

  • Taenpatas on March 18, 2007, 23:11 GMT

    One of the worst days for cricket.My sincere condolences to Woolmer's family. But does'nt this go to show how badly hurt he was from our defeat, does'nt it show his dedication to OUR team....O how badly i wish that we had won that one match and today we probably had'nt had to face such a terrible day. If only...... There are not many cricketing minds like him around and for cricket to suffer such a big loss....Hail the man who took his responsibiliy seriously ...could this be the shock our NATION needs to come out of its slumber, I hope it is. rest in Peace, Bob.

  • Tejas on March 18, 2007, 23:10 GMT

    It's a shame that those 11 players return back to pavillion and the leader those the other way.

    People have to decide who is a real pakistani?

  • Imtiaz, USA on March 18, 2007, 23:09 GMT

    Though I am not a pakistani, I follow Pakistani cricket witrh GREAT PASSION. I blame Bob's death squarely on the players who did not perform BUT expected a miracle to come from heaven to help them, and thus tremendous pressure on the coach. I hope pak cric board learns a lesson from this episode. Heartfelt condolences to Bob's wife and children.Our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Jamshed on March 18, 2007, 23:08 GMT

    Like others, I am also shocked with sudden death of Bob woolmer. May his soul rest in Peace

  • MSR on March 18, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    Win/loss, outpouring emotions, violent protest, burning pictures…………all looks so worthless, so meaningless………………… the end, it was simply a game, and the better team on a particular day won…………why so much fuss? Bob’s unexpected demise, after the young Bangladeshi cricketers reminds us how privileged we are to enjoy the life. Today Engle of death spare us to take the soul of someone else, on a destine day Engle of death will spare someone else to take one of our souls, we are lucky to have the time to prepare for that inevitable day, while enjoying the life!

  • ATIF MALIK, USA on March 18, 2007, 23:07 GMT

    A commited and pro guy given an impossible task of coaching a bunch of uncommited bastards gave away his life for the game....shame on u INZI

  • Syed Hussain on March 18, 2007, 23:06 GMT

    Bob woolmer was a great coach. Just yesterday I saw him quickly packing his stuff up after the game. As the camera skipped past him, and the commentator made a comment about how hurry he was in. I am sure it was the pressure building up and he mustve been thinking about everything he'd have to face. His last blod entry read that "Even though Australia think they would win the world cup, Pakistan will surely take it home". If not this year we will do it the next year for Bob. I think he put up with a lot from the pakistani players, just having to coach a teach that can hardly speak english is enough of a job, let alone anything else. I am sure he knew that not having shoaib, asif, afridi, injured razzak would take a toll on the pakistani team and thier place in the W/C but he really did deeply cared about Pakistan. In my mind as I saw him on news many times, he came across as a nice person, friendly and ready to get along with anyone and deal with any situation. To this day and for the rest of the time I will have his image in my mind as a "Jolly go around person". RIP Bob Woolmer and my condolences to your family in this hard time. Just want to let you know that his struggle for Pakistan to make it a better team, will not be ignored. God Bless Him!

  • Ahmed Qamar Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:05 GMT

    Mr Woolmer has concluded his innings in the ultimate game of "life". Iam sure with one of his gentle smiles still on his faces he gazes upon us from a better place. Now having transcended to the final destination he need not worry about the petty concerns of this material world.

    Iam not personally acquainted to the departed, and now that he is gone I feel even more how little I knew the man. Yet just a few days ago I foolishly questioned his commitment, integrity, and devotion to his profession. I had not right to do so. I feel no shame in apologizing for that irrational response to what ultimately was the failure of the Pakistan team not him. After having read a little about his life and knowing a little more about his resilient character Iam sure he must have given his all for the success of the team he was coaching. That is all that should matter anyways.

    We as a nation perhaps need to learn how to channel our frustration a little better. Defeat should not be a means to an end but instead we should learn to rise from the ashes of failure just like the pheonix.

    Let us all take a moment and think for a second. How insignificant everything else appears in the face of the reality of life. We will all one day join him in this state of eternal bliss. All that we fret over will remain here on this earth. So lets learn a lesson from it all and work harder to carry on with his legacy and prove to the world that he did make us a better team. That his efforts resulted in not just a stronger side but better men in general.

    Lastly, my heartfelt condolences to the grieving family of Mr. Woolmer. May God give you the strength and courage to deal with this sudden and untimley tragedy.

  • Fahad on March 18, 2007, 23:04 GMT

    The last two days have been the worst days for Pakistan criket. Bob Woolmer will always be remembered in good words for all that he has done for Pakistan cricket. Inspite of our performance during the WC, he had made various other contributions. The best think I liked about him was how comfortable he became with Pakistan and its culture and values in such a short span of time. Goes to show the kind of welcoming person he was. My deepest condolences go out to his loved ones. Rest in Peace Bob

  • razoo badmash from New Jersey, USA on March 18, 2007, 23:03 GMT

    Pakistan must play the final game aganst Zimbabwe and win one for BOB, its only right! They owe it to him!

  • atif mir on March 18, 2007, 23:03 GMT

    Today is a sad day for the Pakistani cricket. The coaching of Woolmer and the captaincy of Inzy had made a relatively younger team into a real threat for the best teams of the world. But things have gone downhill in the last few months, and today was the lowest point of that decline. I feel sad for Woolmer's family. My heart goes out to them.

    As for the cricket team's performance, I don't hold Woolmer responsible. The blame lies with all members of the team particularly the captain but in my view the high-profile self-publicizing approach of our PCB director has hurt Pakistani cricket more than anything else. Instead of taking responsibility for the defeat in the World Cup, he has suddenly distanced himself from the defeat. If Pakistan had done in the World Cup, he would be in the front of the line to accept the credit. We need a PCB director who is not hungry for credit and fame. We need a person like Bob Woolmer who knew that his job was to coach and to serve cricket and not self promotion.

  • Umer on March 18, 2007, 23:03 GMT

    May His sole rest in peace..and may god help his family go through this trouble times

  • Zakeer Khan on March 18, 2007, 23:02 GMT

    May Bob Woolmer rest in peace. He did great things for cricket, my condolences to his family and close friends.

  • Sharjeel Uqaili from Mississauga, Canada on March 18, 2007, 23:02 GMT

    Bob did not fail at his job. Pakistani Cricket failed him. :(

  • Lutf ul Islam on March 18, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    He was the right coach for a wrong team. Pakistan cricket revolves around personalities, not the game itself. Bob tried to weed this syndrome out of Pakistani psyche but we did not let him. He was a good man.

  • Imran Shah on March 18, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    A sad sad news. Words cannot comprehend such a sorrow. My condolences to Bob's family and the Pakistani team who were known for thier fondness to Bob.

  • AA on March 18, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    In the end the coach can only do so much as the players (if they are willing to learn) and the cricket setup of the country allow. The root cause of cricket problem in Pakistan is the administration and they should be held responsible. Imran Khan has so many times before said that in cricket captains role is far important than even the best coaches and at international level you expect the players to know the basics. PCB should stop wasting money on coaches in the future as the wont find a man better equiped than Bob Woolmer and even he couldn't bring about much change in fortunes of team Pak. Seems to me like the utter disappointment of Pakistan was too much for him to bear and resulted in his untimely death. Hopefully we as a nation can be grateful for all he has done for us.

  • Sameer Syed on March 18, 2007, 23:00 GMT

    I share my utmost respect for MR. Woolmer and deepest condolence to his family. What waste of a precious life on bunch of eunuchs. Rest in peace, Mr. Woolmer. You will play forever in this game of glorious uncertainities.

  • irfan safdar CT USA on March 18, 2007, 23:00 GMT

    Bob paid the ultimate price of Pakistans failure in the world cup. It seem his "Gharat" could not take the humiliation of Pakistans failure. Alas, the BE-GHARAT Naseem Asharaf, Saleem Altaf and Waseem Bari will stay but the brave and gharatmad Bob left us RIP BOB, we salute you

  • Farhan on March 18, 2007, 22:59 GMT

    I am completely shocked at this news. But one thing i know is all due to our players and our countrymen. Shame on us pakistanis. Now no foreign coach would ever think of coaching pakistan. Bob woolmer was a great coach and he should be awarded some kind of medal from pak government. WAKE UP PAKSITAN.

  • Khurram Masarrat Farooqi on March 18, 2007, 22:58 GMT

    My condolences to his family, Pakistani Taem and to whole Pakistan. Because he was like our Family member. Thank You Sir you made a big difference to Pakistani Cricket. I want to tell is Family and Mrs. Woolmer that Pakistan is Shocked and Sad because we lost World Cup and now we lost Woolmer.

  • Vince garvey on March 18, 2007, 22:58 GMT

    I swore that Warwickshires loss was Pakistans gain and I really thought he did a good job with your nations cricket team. I am with you all and feel sad at this time of loss of a cricket legend. May we use this opportunity to join together as good decent people and reflect upon a world of trouble and relise that we can go forward in peace and love. God Rest Bob woolmers Soul

  • Muhammad Maaz on March 18, 2007, 22:55 GMT

    RIP Bob Woolmer. I personally did not know Bob Woolmer as a person, but I have no doubt that he was a good man. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Woolmer, and family. Many will certainly miss him. However, I dont think we should be sad about losing a good coach, because that is not what we lost. Bob Woolmer has left the Pakistani team, which is a good thing. However, he has also left this world, which is really sad.

  • Imran Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 22:55 GMT

    We salute you Bob Woolmer for your contribution to cricket. May you rest in peace.

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  • sumair on March 18, 2007, 22:54 GMT

    we all love Bob..... Inshallah Allah will bless him....... he did his job but player dont have that much abilty to dominate.......

  • Abid on March 18, 2007, 22:54 GMT

    Thank you Bob. I always loved your responses to my emails. Today it seems like we all lost a family member. I totally agree with Abbasi that "In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket and many millions of Pakistan cricket fans around the world are grateful to him for taking up the challenge.". We love you and salute you. May your soul rest in peace.

  • Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    Its just sad that he died coaching Pakistan - the most pointless, usless, pathetic excuse for a cricketing institution. He deserved better.

  • M. S. Khan on March 18, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's death was a shocker. Apparently, he took it upon himself very hard, was afraid to face media, public, former test players, all of whom were on a crusade to throw him out. What can a coach teach to players who don't want to learn. What can a coach teach to non-committed, non-dedicated, unenthusiastic players. Bangladesh, Ireland, Sri Lankans are winning in big ways. No body talks about who their coach is in these wins. Coach's role is useless if the player's don't want to rectify their mistakes. An Imran Nazir or Yasir Hameed will always flash at anything pitched outside the off-stump, no matter how much coaching they receive for not doing so. Supportes of Pakistan take out your anger on players like Imran Nazir, Hafeez, Younus Khan, Yousuf & Inzimam.These are the real culprits. The real vilian in this drama is Inzimam, who exuded negativity from every pore in his body. Knowing the sorry fate of Bob Woolmer, no body fom countries like Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand should even think once to accept a coaching job there. After supporting Pakistan from last fifty years, I have given up my loyalty. Naadan dost say dana dushman bahter hai.

  • Mr Bashir on March 18, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    I hope people can for the moment forget all about the team and their performances. This is a totally different game, the one called life and death. Sad news to hear, I hope people think about him and his family for the time-being and alter we can talk about the game of Cricket cos that's all it is.Cricket.

  • Razoo badmash from New Jersey, USA on March 18, 2007, 22:52 GMT


    I am 28th year old Pakistani cricket fan from NJ and I am crying today at the loss of a Great Pakistani cricket coach. He was not of Pakistani blood but was born on the subcontinent so that makes him an honorary Pakistani. He did wonders for Pakistani cricket and the results might not show today but come 2 or 3 years everyone will see the results of his hard work and endless dedication to make Pakistan cricket the best in the world. The PCB did all it could do in the past six months to destroy his work but inshallah by next word cup, the world will see Bob Chahca's vision come through. You have to realize why Bob took the Pakistani job. Being the coach of Pakistan is probably the most intense and pressure packed cricket job in the world, but Bob chacha took it. You see, he was the main driving force behind the ICC to develop cricket in non playing cricket countries. He saw that having only a dozen top playing nations did not do justice to this great game. He waneted to develop these other non playing cricket nations to broaden the game. What he saw in Pakistan was a great country, with great cricket tradition, great raw talent and passionate fans. He saw that this great cricket playing country was falling behind with cricket innovations such as high tech training techniques and creating cricket academies for young future prospects. He brought in computer software that countries like Australia and South Africa utilize to train their top athletes. The bottom line is that Pakistan will always have the talent but Bob Woolmer brought Pakistan cricket into the modern age. Yes the results didn't show it but in do time everyone will see, even Pakistani fans who didn't give him any credit the past 3 1/2 years. Hopefully you fans will realize what he gave to Pakistan and and how great his impact really was. He will be missed by a lot of Pakistani cricket fans. God, please bless his soul! Bob if your reading this in heaven, I want to say Shookreah (THANK YOU) for a job well done you will be missed! Howz that! On a side note Kamran Sahib, can you please get me a mailing address for Bob Woolmers wife. I would like to express my sorrow for her Loss! Please e-mail me at for her address or if you have another way for me to send her a short note, I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Saddique Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 22:52 GMT

    As soon as I heard the news of Bob Woolmer's death the shock of Pakistan loss yesterday (which kept me awake all night)seems to have died with him. I could never blame Bob for Pakistan's doings yesterday, a few days ago I felt that Ireland will win the match against Pakistan as Pakistani team similar to Indian team just cannot play in big matches. Oh all the Pakistan failures will be forgotten in a few days and life will go on like normal but Bob will not be forgotten.My heart goes out to Bob's family and prayers for this difficult time

  • Gman on March 18, 2007, 22:51 GMT

    May his soul rest in peace! Cricket is not more important than any person's life and this should be known by the mobs of India and Pakistan. Act with dignity and understand that after all it's only a game. In essence, the people of Pakistan killed Bob. God bless his family.

  • Bilal A. Bhutta on March 18, 2007, 22:51 GMT

    Bob’s untimely passing away is yet another sad event for Pakistan cricket. He took up a rather impossible task of coaching the uncoachable, talented but uninspirable, and capable but unmotivated players. He gave it all he had, and ultimately gave it his life. A coach can only teach you how, but can not come and bat for you. He can only inspire you to perform, but can not come and dive for you. He can only tell you where to aim, but can not come and bowl for you. In the end, it was the players who forgot who and what they were playing for. May he rest in peace.

  • calgary highlander on March 18, 2007, 22:51 GMT

    Javed A. Khan, i tottaly agree with you. The Zimbabwe match must be abandoned. Unfortunatley that won't happen cuz if windies lose and Zim. win then they would make it. Zim. aren't out so the match wont be cancelled. However when they play, i would like Inzi to dedicate the match to BOB and to show how much he meant to the team they should go out and slaughter Zimbabwe. My condolences are with Bob n' his family. He died as coach of Pakistan and the only really passionate coach we ever had.

  • sohaib on March 18, 2007, 22:50 GMT

    This has been the worst of news to come from the cricketing world. It is quite a shock for any Pakistani fan. He was greatly respected and admired, and I have been in utter shock and distress after hear this tragic news. He had done a lot for Pakistani cricket to be remembered a legend in his own right. He became the first coach in Pakistan's history to seperate politics from the game and work towards team unity and discipline. He died for cricket and for the cause of Pakistani cricket he died more than any other man could have ever imagined to do. He will be rememberd as arguably the greatest coach Pakistan has ever had, or ever will. In time, people will come to appreciate all that he has done for Pak cricket. I would like to take this opportunity to say sorry for any negative comments that I had made towards Bob on this website or any other. It must be said that I had the greatest respect for Bob and his coaching skills and only offered constructive criticism. No doubt though that some Pakistani fans have made personal comments against Bob, for which I would like to apologize as well. REST IN PEACE Bob Woolmer... You will be in our hearts and minds forever and over years your contribution to Pakistani cricket will speak volumes..

    MAY GOD Bless yours Soul... RIP..

  • Arshad Ali on March 18, 2007, 22:48 GMT

    You are absolutely right Kamran, this is the nature of our culture, some times we forget that cricket is just a game, if you compare other aspects of life in our country they are worse than our cricket no body try to correct them, but yet expect that our cricket team should be at the top of the ladder, Bob is a great loss, not for the Pakistan cricket but for the whole world. My condolescence is with his family. I think if someone really wants to criticize please analyze the cricket system not the people, Arshad Ali, New York

  • A Kamran on March 18, 2007, 22:48 GMT


    Bob Woolmer, 1948-2007.

    "Here lies the mortal soul who had the guts to put up with the worse and have a few shadows cast upon his integrity and all else in the process-for he loved the game of cricket".

    It is indeed a very, very sad day for cricket. Mr. Woolmer was an entrepreneur, cricketer, coach and a person with ambition. He took up a job that he knew would take a toll on him, a HUGE toll. He paid the ultimate price with his life. All through his life he took on challenges and some of which he won. His love for cricket was immense, no matter in what capacity he was always up for the challenge.

    Stress is something that takes its toll on human body very cruely. He was a diabetic and if his sad demise turns out to be due to any cardiac related issues ( a disease related intricately with diabetes and stress and other factors ) it would, in his way, be coaching people from beyond the grave with his soft voice to be heart healthy and avoid stress. I wish he had been with his loved ones more and still be with us. He would have loved to face criticism in Pakistan about his teams' failure, and in his low key way respond to the media circus that awaited him. That clever old blue hair beat them (us) to it and for the last time showed how skilled and media savvy he was.

    A great loss for cricket and an ultimate loss for his family. My thoughts and prayers are with his family in this hour of their pain and grief.

    He will always be remembered as some one who, for once in Pakistan, showed that he was under extreme duress and stress that he failed in his quest for performing his job to the highest standards that he had set for himself; hence took all the responsiblity upon himself for his teams' failure. A lesson that more than a few of us can learn from.

    May you always rest in peace Mr. Woolmer.

    A. Kamran.

  • Sanjay Sunder on March 18, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Too sudden, too shocking. May his family have the strength and courage to get through these difficult times. God bless his soul.

    Sanjay Sunder

  • Masaood Yunus on March 18, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    Sad, shocked and speechless. Thats what I am right now. The cricket world lost a priceless asset today. A bright, intelligent, thinking and modern coach who redefined a lot in the cricket coaching arena.

    There is no doubt that he wanted and tried his best for the Pakistani team but the matter of fact is, his troops failed him. We can blame Bob for a lot of things but we shouldn't doubt his sincerity and honesty. He really wanted good for this team but our team didn't give him a chance to cheer at least once in the past 6 months.

    Pakistan Cricket Board is run exactly as the Pakistan government is run. No respect for the talent,legends and greats. We never honored our greats properly as other countries do. We have done whatever possible to disgrace our greats once they disagree with us. Will this culture ever end ?

    The death of Bob Woolmer is a shock and will remain so in the history of cricket. I am saddened as much as ashamed to have failed a coach who had set high standards in the cricketing world and was probably more sincere than all the team players combined together for Pakistan Cricket.

    Bob Woolmer, hats off to you SIR. Your contribution to the cricketing world will always be remembered as much as your honesty, dedication and sincerity towards the game will be. We will miss you and our best prayers for you and your family. May Allah rest your soul in peace. AMEN.

  • Fan220 on March 18, 2007, 22:47 GMT

    It is an absoulte shame that a man of Bob's stature passed away in this fashion. No matter how angry and hurt the Pakistani people are they have to realise that after Imran Khan, Bob was the most professional thing that happened to Pakistan cricket. If any of you watched the joint interview of Inzi and Imran just before the world cup you would learn that Inzi makes all the decisions in the team. That means you cannot hold Bob accountable for who opens the innings. If you hold him accountable for the technical flaws than you are obviously not aware of Pakistan's miraculous first class system. We have not found openers since Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail. That is proof enough that even a magic wand couldnt solve the opening dilemma. I hope that Pakistanis everywhere appreciate his undying commitment to the team and for his courage to stand with it in the darkest of hours. May you rest in peace Bob.

  • Akshay Mathkar on March 18, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Thank you Bob. As cricket fans we owe you a million. May your soul rest in peace

  • Shameer KK on March 18, 2007, 22:44 GMT

    Bob woolmer was a wonderful and innovative coach. The South African team would not have been the same today but for his efforts in the early days of the team after they had been readmitted to international cricket. As for Pakistan cricket, even Bob could not do much in terms of results.But he always tried to get the best out of every player. Cricket world would miss him. May his soul rest in peace

  • AliAbbas on March 18, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    R.I.P Bob Woolmer You will be missed by everyone. I hope them pakistani holigans in multan realise what they have lost. 'Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery'

  • Farooq on March 18, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    RIP Bob Woolmer truly a great man a great friend and a great coach he spent his whole life improving the sport he loved so much he took over the coaching of the Pakistan team when we were down in a deep dark hole, and brought us to a point where we were at a respectable position in the world. He did so much for our team and even though our boys lost yesterday his commitment was shown in the match when he could be seen standing on the patio with a look of shame and sadness on his face. He could no longer live as he felt so much pain at the loss of the Pakistanis. Bob was always criticised but the truth is that he gave so much to Pakistani cricket, he turned a team of boys into men, his belief turned Mohammad Asif that same Asif who we saw as an immature young boy into a man who became a world wide threat and charged his way into the top 10 bowlers ranking in test cricket. Bob Woolmer should be given a tribute and his family should be supported in this time of need, Bob was truly a [U][B]PAKISTANI HERO[/B][/U]and will be missed by us all. We should all take a lesson from this man just look at his commitment he was so heart broken from the loss of the team he loved so much that he could no longer live. I would like to send my deepest condolences and prayers to his family. Our team should go back to Pakistan and work extremely hard for the next 4 years and then we should win the next world cup and dedicate it to Bob Woolmer.

  • Ozzie on March 18, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    My deepest sympathies to Mr Bob Woolmers family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Asif Alam on March 18, 2007, 22:43 GMT

    I am devastated by the news of Bob Woolmer's death - tragic indeed. Bob could have resigned or distanced himself after the debacle in England but he stayed with the team and proved his loyalty to team and fans of Pakistan. Salute to Coach Woolmer for his services for Pakistan.

    Sad Pakistani Fan..

  • Hilal on March 18, 2007, 22:42 GMT

    As someone stated above he died a martyr for cricket. My condolences to Bob and may he rest in peace. He should be awarded the highest medal of honor in pakistan.

  • azeem on March 18, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    What a man !To me he was the one coach who took over pakistan and tried his level best. I am utterly shocked by this untimely death. To add salt to this day, i read in a cricinfo article in the morning of pakistani fans chantting slogans of " death to inzi...death to bob woolmer" and with that i have lost all respect for all those people. My condlonses are with his family . Rest In Peace the greatest coach the world has ever seen.

  • Muhammad Arslan on March 18, 2007, 22:40 GMT

    Uncle Bob was a great coach and even a greater servent of the game. It is a pity that the corrupt system of Pakistan stopped him to fully apply his ideologies on Team Pakistan. He will ibution to the always be remember fondly for his contrribution to the world cricket. May he rest in peace!

  • Spursdon on March 18, 2007, 22:39 GMT

    I was sad and upset to hear the news of Bob's death, our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. I place the blame of this solely on the shoulders of the pakistan players. Their performance yesterday was the worst that I have ever had the misfortune of seeing. How can a team rated as the 3rd best in ODI's lose to a team that not even rated in the ICC's league an ply their trade in the English domestic league! I admit that their preperation goin into tis world cup has been anything but ideal but this was their chance to sow everyone that the problems of the past year are behind them, they are now a unit and wlling to work for each other. But what we got was vintage Pakistan, who are completely disjointed no togetherness. I fear that Pakistan cricket will take a long-time to get over the trageic events of the past two days and surely heads will roll, most notably that of Inzi's. Inzi is a class batsman, there is no doubt about that, but as a captain he was often found wanting in strategy and his willingness to go for the opositions throat by always palying safe. The whole squad really needs to take a good hard look at itself from the openers, who again failed to fire to the bowlers. Who will takeover the captincy or more importantly who will be willing to take the job of coach after what has happened, we will wait to see.

  • Faran Ghumman on March 18, 2007, 22:38 GMT

    I just cant believe it. I m shocked, my condolonces go to his family.

  • Masood USA on March 18, 2007, 22:37 GMT

    He was a great coach & he reunited at totally destroyed (by administration) pakistani team with Inzmam after world cup 2003. They both did great job for Pakistan cricket in a reasonably short span of time. Any team in any sport (including Australia against Bungladesh & even Brazil) can loose a one off match from weakest side possible, it would be extremely unfair to rubbish all the good work done by these two guys over the 3 year span. Pakistan would surely have been standing next to Zimbabwe if Inzi & Bob would not've interveined. they made a team out of individuals. We as Nation need to Learn to be patient & respect good work of others even if luck some times does not go our way & above all we need to learn to accept defeat as this is true bravery. Bob & Inzi are still my true heroes as they tried for the glory of our nation & one can only try sometimes it works & some times it does'nt. I silute them & thank them for their efforts for the whole nation.

  • Farhan on March 18, 2007, 22:36 GMT

    I would like to give my deapest condolences to the Bob Woolmer and my thoughts are with his family. Speaking on behalf of many Pakistani supporters who I have just spoken to now, we all recognised the dedication and effort he put into the side and he was a great ambassador for cricket. He will be greatly missed by Pakistani supporters and the cricketing world no doubt. Pakistani supporters are a funny bunch, often fanatical in their support for the team, but yet overall can see the bigger picture and all our thoughts are with Bob's family and friends at the moment, he gave our team and the cricket world everything he had and I hope he gets a fitting tribute from everyone involved with him and cricket.

  • Burhan Malik on March 18, 2007, 22:36 GMT

    Totaly agree with you Kamran. This is an imense shock! The criticism from pakistani cricket lovers for its foreign coach was mostly due to the common goal for the success of pakistani cricket. I though wasnt one of them. I thought Bob and his laptops was the precise thing pakistan needed. All said and done I wish my prayers to bobs family and may God rest his soul in peace. i just wish bob had the fortune of leaving all of us in a better circumstances that he always wished for.

  • Jamal on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    It is very sad day for Pakistan and above all for Cricket. Today Pakistan did not loose any game but lost bigger than that. Even I am not sure he would have served anymore after the world cup -- Only God knows -- Still it is bigger loss for Pakistan than loosing to Ireland. What a new day bring -- Till this morning, I wanted nothing less than head of Inzi and Woolmer for the loss yesterday without realizing that this is just a game. I wish, I could have thought this yesterday. THANKs Bob Woolmer And Sorry for all Loosers; including me.

  • Jabran on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    Devastated by the news I for one dont blame Bob Woolmer at all, for he was one of the best coaches around, and at the end of the a coach can only guide the team, not play its up to the players to deliver the goods which they did not.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    And I cant come to terms with the fact that Naseem Ashraf hasnt submitted his resignation and worse, has no intentions of doing so. Poor Bob couldnt bear Pakistan being humiliated in such a manner and literally, stressed himself to death:((((( Naseem Ashraf meanwhile, is oblivious and unaffected by Pakistan's miserable performance. I wish I bump into him on the road so I can run him over with my car and do my bit for Pakistan cricket. Argh. As they say in Urdu "Koi gherat hi nahee hay".

  • Fawad UK on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    Today Cricket has lost an excellent coach. Pakistan always criticised him because deep inside every Pakistani believed in his abilities and were expecting him to do merciless for them. Indeed cricket has lost a great coach and a person who was always up to listen to his critics.

  • Atif - United States on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    A sad news, may God Bless his soul and grieving family. A advise to everbody please pay respect as he has given his life for the game. Pakistan players got a first hand experience what a stress can do to you because of silly mistakes of our cricketers. God Bless Him....

  • kamran Tariq on March 18, 2007, 22:35 GMT

    Bob the legend would be sadly missed. i just wished that the PCB didnt pile on the unneccasry pressure..and i wish that PCB rethink plans and get rid of the lot of them.

    Death my dear friends, is not something new, we are all going to die one day, weather it be in a motorcyle crash or recovering from a defeat in your hotel. God has decreed death for anyone wherever he or she maybe and one cannot delay it nor can one ask for a longer life.

    Bob enjoyed his job and perhaps the struggles aswell and past away doing the thing he loved most...

    another human being lost, which one of us would dare to say that we wont be next?

    let us take this time and think about what al mighty god has given us, and be gratful to him for the life he has given let us use this life to please him most.

    take care

    rest in peace our dear friend rest in peace bob.

  • Kashif Hamid on March 18, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    Just came back from grocery shopping today morning to see if there is another upset on the chart. Just logged in to cricinfo to check the updates. .....Bob Woolmer is dead at the age of 58... What the h??? ..... I double checked my PC date. April 1st is still couple of weeks away....was it some kind of joke or what ...I saw that man just a little way back on TV... Just to make sure I'm ok I surfed couple of cricket sites to be sure ...ya he is dead ... I mean DEAD like dead ... I feel cheated ... He didn't deserve this. If just the idea of facing the ppl back home caused him any medical urgency ... I feel to be a murderer. I'm one of them....!

  • Noman on March 18, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    How can you say that Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan. Being a Pakistani; Yes, I expected my team to do better but it didn't happen and life goes on. However, Woolmer made great contributions to Pakistani team winning some series and losing some. In the end it is a game and you just can't win it all.

  • Non-Vegetarian Third Party on March 18, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    Bob Woolmer is a tragic hero in every sense of the word. He missed the WC in 1975 due to injury. The team he coached in 1999, SA, lost it the way they did! and the other team that he coached got out the way they did...But none of it is a reflection of how passionate a cricketer and coach he is. The WC that was so cruel to him through out his life and death...should be named after him. We should call the World Cup, the Woolmer Cup. That is the right thing for the entire cricketing world to do.

  • Dhoosra on March 18, 2007, 22:33 GMT

    Today I learnt the tragic news that Bob Woolmer, the Pakistani cricket coach passed away. This is shocking news and I'm deeply saddened to hear this, for me a passionate Pakistani cricket supporter the whole weekend has been a very sad affair. Firstly the loss to Ireland and early exit from the 2007 world cup, and now the death of Bob Woolmer.

    I met Bob in a hotel lobby in Islamabad in December 2005, and although he was checking out and about to board a flight he was very courteous to offer me an opportunity to take some photos with him. I will treasure these images very dearly as in my opinion Bob was an excellent coach who tried his best to guide a volatile Pakistani side that were capable of great things but tended to excel in underachieving. He will be deeply missed by the cricketing world.

    Reading Bob’s web site it quotes

    Yesterday is history Tomorrow is a mystery Today is the present – a gift to make the most of

    How true these wise words echo, “Today” is a gift so treasure and cherish the moment.

    Finally as Pakistan start to rebuild their side after this abysmal world cup performance, I hope they will learn from the unrivalled passion and professionalism displayed by Bob Woolmer. A native Englishman, he admired the incredible talent on display in the Pakistan camp and worked extremely hard to harness it.

  • Mohsin on March 18, 2007, 22:33 GMT

    What a big loss to cricket.Bob, thank you for giving your life to Pakistan cricket.I am sure lot of cricketers around the world have benefitted from your coaching lessons.You had great insight of this beautiful game.May Allah give strength to his family to bear the loss and rest Bob's soul in peace.Ameen

  • Big D on March 18, 2007, 22:31 GMT

    i can't stop crying... RIP Bob Woolmer... u were the best coach Pakistan ever had... :( I really feel so horrible for his family... may Allah give them peace of mind

  • Atif - KSA on March 18, 2007, 22:31 GMT

    Woolmer, a great person at the wrong place!

    Sorry mate, u were just what Pakistanis are not. Professional! Condolences to Woolmers' family,

    and i request all my nation to calm down, its a game and things happen, give our guys a break, u have put them under such a huge pressure.

    Bob rest in peace buddy, u will be remembered in cricinfo blogs, articles and stats and in some hearts perhaps like mine....

  • Hasan Mahmood on March 18, 2007, 22:30 GMT

    Pakistan cricketing system is such as beast that even a coach of Bob's calibre could not do much. We need changes at grass-roots level. Kinds as young as 5 need to be coached. The first-calss structure needs to be totally revamped and politics needs to be eliminated. Good luck Pakistan--you are going to need it.

  • faizan on March 18, 2007, 22:28 GMT

    its a very sad day for cricket and a shocking news,its just so sad no words to express it,may his soul rest in peace

  • Mansur Khan on March 18, 2007, 22:28 GMT

    I have closely followed Pakistan cricket and Pakistan politics during my 25 years in the diaspora and feel that the circumstances surrounding Woolmer's sudden demise are very much symptomatic of what Pakistan has become: a case of institutionalised disaster. A salute to the man for boldly taking on an impossible job and discharging it with such dedication right upto the end. Had the Pakistan cricket team asssimilated his attitude, they surely wouldn't have callously nosedived into ignominy as has happened.

  • kamran on March 18, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    well a great man and an excellent coach..I say this not only because of my personal view but the view of many pakistani supporters who commented on his tour diary on cricinfo..People always have a diversified view on issues..even on this blog some might support Mr. kamran abbasi n others strongly disagree with him on any article he writes about pakistan cricket...but i was always amazed how each and every pakistani supporter backed Bob and always encouraged him that he was doing a perfect job on the comments they gave in his diary on cricinfo.. there is no doubt that the pakistani team under his coaching would have gone a long way if issues such as the doping one and the change of administration all together had not come in the way...he had build an excellent team during his time but was unfortunate that he built it under the poor administration of pcb....may he rest in peace.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on March 18, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    Bob's death is downright tragic. Such was the level of his loyalty, professionalism and commitment to Pakistan that the poor guy suffered a cardiac arrest after our appalling performance... His final words to the media being "I am deeply hurt and cannot tell you how it is going to affect me," ...the world gets blurrier each time I read that. I am heartbroken. As if losing to Ireland and getting tossed out of the world cup within the first five days wasn't bad enough, we now have to deal with this...May Allah bless Bob's soul. Bob might not have succeeded in making Pakistan the best team in the world, but he definitely did give his 100 percent for our country. Fact is despite his negativity and defensive tendencies, Bob, along with Inzi, made Pakistan into a competitive unit which until that ill-fated tour of England was reckoned by many to be the second best team on the international circuit. Bob was passionate, honest and sincere in his incessant efforts to ameliorate our cricketing fortunes. Frankly for me, that was enough. Bob deserves a state funeral and nothing less.

  • sharief on March 18, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    Iam depressed and I dont have words to express my grief for such a loss to the cricket for the way it happened.I really cant believe if the preasure on him cost his life.A life of such a humble person who is personified for his character and the technically sound coaching.Its a sad day for all cricket lovers.

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit on March 18, 2007, 22:27 GMT

    Folks: I could not finish my last e-mail before in-advertantly posting it. I was suggesting that we should have few 1-day games in honour and memory of Bob; and donate a portion of the income to Bob's family. The best oppurtunity and time is NOW. Since Pakistan is out and packing early; and obviously they do not want to go on a trip to FLY HUNTING, they should be involved. The question is where and and with who. In all probabilities, India might exit early too. So in April we can play the games in Sharja, Dubai, India or Pakistan. If some how India can not exist early, Bangladesh Pakistan can travel to Dacca and play there.....This will be the best tribute to Bob and his skills of cricket. (PS: I do not want Inzy to be part of the team.)

  • Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 22:26 GMT

    You'll never walk alone Bob .... You'll never walk alone

  • neilesh on March 18, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    "In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket" Summed up perfectly Kamran. Had it been any other team under his guidance they would be light years ahead of were PAkistan is now. A man of genious wasted on a team that just didnt seem to care. He did the nation a great favor by taking on the job, providing fans who had lived for more than a decade in the darkness of mediocrity a glimmer of hope for the future. RIP Bob, you did all you could and this Pakistan fan loves you for it.

  • Hamid Sohaib on March 18, 2007, 22:24 GMT

    Hi, Bob Woolmer was a great coach to have for any nation and he was the best one for pakistan in my opinion. The whole world is saddened by this news. I dont know how pakistan cricket will get a replacement like him.

  • Yousaf from Hounslow, London on March 18, 2007, 22:23 GMT

    I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all Bobs family, I must say being a die hard pakistani supporter, boy! was i cursing Bob Inzi and co, but this sad ending should bring to light that cricket is only a game and a true gentleman like Bob should not be forgotten, coming from foreign climes to trying to help the hapless leaderless team........ I sincerely hope that the PCB and the Pakistani nation do not forget what Bob tried to achieve with our no hopers, and is honoured accordingly........... Bob Woolmer Zindabad and thank you once again for all your hard work and effort, you will not be forgotten.

  • Titan on March 18, 2007, 22:22 GMT

    "In many ways the skill of Bob Woolmer was wasted on Pakistan cricket"

    Couldn't have put it better myself.

  • Parvez Balsara on March 18, 2007, 22:22 GMT

    Dear Kamran,

    Rightly said,it is the most difficult job in the world to do anything with Pakistan team. It does look like all of the Players in Pakistan Team have been growing beards and praying rather then Practising cricket. God bless Woolmer and Pakistan team future. In all this country is always in the headline for wrong reasons.

    Best Regards

  • Rizwan Qazi on March 18, 2007, 22:21 GMT

    Bob's sudden death is a blow to everything that is cricket today. He was the first Pakistani coach who was able to have a chemistry with Pakistani team, and did everything he could for Pakistan's cricket. May he rest in peace and my thoughts go out to his family. It's a loss first to his family, then Pakistan and finally to the World cricket.

  • Arif Hussain on March 18, 2007, 22:21 GMT

    The man was one of the best things to happen to Pakistan Cricket... though we didn't let him help us as much. He could have done much more had he the latitude. His efforts not his results are what make him admirable. Who knows how the loss affected him, had he not cared, would he have taken it to heart?

    I cannot forget 2 scenes from the coverage, one he is sitting next to Afridi with the writing on the wall, Afridi was scratching himself thinking about why he was not there in the field... Bob was next to him, speechless and sad. The other is after the match... packing his things in his back pack like a broken man, like a vanquished man... as much rage as I had for the loss, I felt sorry for him, those two memories will sadly remain with me... I pray for his family and for the man who tried...

  • umer on March 18, 2007, 22:20 GMT

    i was reall mad when i saw pakistan lost to irland but when i heard we lost bob wolmer i felt sorry for his family and the nation to lose a player like him.

  • Saadia Anwar on March 18, 2007, 22:20 GMT

    My most heartfelt condolences to Bob's family. I pray to Allah to give you the strength to bear the loss.

    I was in a shock when I heard the news. Great loss for cricket. Seeing the pictures of his last press conference after the loss to Ireland telecasted on local channels, one can easily get the impression that all was not well with him. I think he took the defeat to heart and that's it.

  • Muhammad Asif on March 18, 2007, 22:19 GMT

    Its sad. The only person from Pakistan cricket who apologised for performing bad. Because the people who can't accept their dfeat, can't prepare for the next win. Its not too late, please start accepting your defeats bfore moving forward. God bless the soul of Bob.

  • Qaiser Rashid on March 18, 2007, 22:17 GMT

    Bob was in love with cricket. His love had gone towards Pakistan cricket way. If any, he was the biggest fan of the Pakistan team along side his responsibilities! As a fan, it was never going to be easy to get over the team's underperformance!!! He, sadly, could not just get over it. He did every thing that he could for the cricket as well as Pakistan cricket.He was very honest with his job and did every thing in his power to transform his vision to the team!!! It is a great loss to the world of cricket, and for the world of sports for that matter. We will remember him as a true professional who gave his life to his job - cricket.

  • Faisal on March 18, 2007, 22:17 GMT

    Bob Woolmer without any doubt was the best coach in the world and he proved that with South Africa. As far as Pakistan is concerned I think they have lost an excellent opportunity to learn from the best in the game. Bad luck for Pakistan. God bless Bob Woolmer.

  • NS on March 18, 2007, 22:17 GMT

    Bob,s sudden death is a great loss, i am also in shock about the news. May Allaha have mercy on his soul.

  • Ayaz on March 18, 2007, 22:16 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi: I would like to use your blog as a means to highlight the apathetic and crude reaction of one of our nation's notable "journalists" to this tragic event. As a cricket fan, as a Pakistani and as a human being I am absolutely disgusted with Hamid Mir's statement (made during the Indian TV Channel Headlines Today special broadcast on Bob Woolmer's death) that Bob Woolmer will be remembered as an unsuccessful coach and the Pakistan cricket board will think twice before hiring a "GORA COACH" in the future. Such racist, illiterate and ignorant people perform a disservice to the whole nation and should be barred from such a noble profession. I apologize to Mr. Woolmer's family on behalf of our entire nation and express my sincere condolences for their loss. I would also like to make a plea to Geo TV and all other media that they should ensure that journalists of such low caliber should NEVER be allowed to represent Pakistan on a national or international forum. Finally, I echo Mr. Abbasi's view that Bakwas is Bakwas whether in English or Urdu and we should ensure that such bakwas is not used to insult and ridicule a man who gave his life for a game that we are all passionate about. As a first step to improving Pakistan’s image in the international community, PCB should take action against Hamid Mir and send a message to the entire world that such ungrateful people represent a very small minority of the Pakistani people.

  • Shahz on March 18, 2007, 22:15 GMT

    Kamran, your open letter was a professional matter and something Bob would have totally respected as a true professional himself .. but you summed it up well .. "it is the persoanlity-based Pakistani culture that has failed the team more than anything else" I actually thought Bob througout his tenure was humiliated on many occasions by to players and officials not to mention many ex-players who jelously always referred to his high pay-roll .. now nothing matters .. He left us tragically and our thoughts are with his families at this hour of grief. Rest in Peace Bob and thanks for all you have done for Pakistan cricket ..

  • Adeel M. on March 18, 2007, 22:15 GMT

    I am shocked to hear this tragic news about Bob Wolmer. We all knew that we had wrong expectations from the Pakistani team. If the players are not willing to take responsibility and work on their weaknesses, then we cannot put the onus only on Coach. I feel bad that Bob Wolmer had to take so much pressure due to the these irresponsible players and this pressure might have played a big role in this tragic end. As a nation, we also have to have more patience for loss, as win/loss is part of sportsmanship.

  • Dr. Omar Khan on March 18, 2007, 22:14 GMT

    Bob Woolmer's demise is a national tragedy. He should be celebrated and saluted as a national cricketing hero and the PCB and/or the Pakistan government should make sure they nationally recognize him. He gave his life to cricket and more specifically, in the latter years to Pakistan. His sudden death is a clear proof that the man ignored caring for his own health, and even ignored all warning signs of sickness and pushed on, and did not leave Pakistan's side even in their darkest moments, and all for one cause and that was to help Pakistan succeed. This, for me, is nothing less than the greatest sacrifice any person can offer. A true hero!

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit on March 18, 2007, 22:13 GMT

    Yes I totally agree that Inzamam is the main reason behind this current debacle of Pakistani cricket and her performance in WC07. Well, Bob was a gentleman to feel this pressure and in the end he could not cope it no more; and lost his life. I sympathize with his family and other millions of lovers of cricket. I hope few people should feel ashamed (at-least) of their stupidities and do something. I am not gonna go ask people to committ suicide since it is HARAM in our faith, but strongly demand that INZY should right away resign along with few board officils.

    I hope we play few ODIs and give the income to Bob's family. Since Pakistan was directly involved with Bob's matter, Pakistani board should take up the challenge to organize these matches

  • Saqib Saeed on March 18, 2007, 22:13 GMT

    No words can highlight the sunlight of Bob. PCB should name one of the regular events or a place e.g. academy, to tribute his contributions.

  • Haseeb Mehmood on March 18, 2007, 22:13 GMT

    Kamran! I am deeply saddened with the death of Bob Woolmer. Only Pakistan cricket could drive someone to such heart ache. I feel sorry for his family. I believe you do not do justice to his memory. He did take over an impossible job but he managed well. Failure of team reflects upon the coach and i believe he felt the shame. There is only so much one can take, starting from Oval last year to the spiritless performance against Ireland. I feel sorry that his family will remember cause of death not a heart attack, but Pakistan Cricket. Such a shame. If only Inzi and rest of the team felt such pressure of commitment and responsibility. May his soul rest in peace.

  • Farooq Ahmad on March 18, 2007, 22:12 GMT

    Its really sad news for cricket. This shows his passion for the game and his sincerity, although his sincerity didnt work for Pakistan that this shows how much eager he was for pakistani win. In an interview when England came to Pakistan he said "Im a pakistani, i live in pakistan, i will die as a Pakistani and i will be burried in Pakistan" and yes he died as a Pakistani today.

  • haseeb bajwa on March 18, 2007, 22:12 GMT

    When no person wanted to coach the Pakistan national side. Only one man with the guts stood up. Knowing the final out some would probably be a sacking like all the past coaches, he took the hardest challenge in world cricket. Coach Pakistan, not coach India but Pakistan the best players in the world with no direction.

  • Somewhere in USA on March 18, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    I fully agree with Kamran's comments about Bob Woolmer.I wondered how Mr.Woolmer agreed to coach a highly dysfunctional team as the Pakistanis.It is not because of him they are out of world cup.The lazy and arrogant players who are self centered are responsible.Even Imran can not save this bunch of characters.

  • Arsalan Khan on March 18, 2007, 22:11 GMT

    I'm so sorry for everything. I'm really so depressed. I hope one day we win the world cup and dedicate it to the man who gave his life to Pak cricket.

    "cuz all of the stars are fading away just try not to worry, you'll see them someday just take what you need.. and be on your way" - Oasis

    A sad day.

  • Omer Admani on March 18, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    He was a good coach-- a stark contrast to the PCB, the captain; Bob wasn't domineering, he just wanted to guide Inzamam. He didn't make decisions for Inzamam, but let Inzamam learn to make decisions himself. Ironically, the captain took an attitude opposite towards his players, as was the case with the PCB. Our loss was because of Inzamam's shortcomings, PCB's shortcomings, and our own habbit of "hoping" for the best rather than putting pressure to change the captain and the players to pre-empt the fact before it occurs. No point being bitter afterwards, we should never have supported a negative captain. God bless Bob, a great person he was.

  • ad on March 18, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    i am shocked and sad....

  • Ahmad Harris Kiani on March 18, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    Pakistan's World Cup Campaign started on a bad note but the end has been even worse. The early exit from the world cup was a huge blow and coupled with the tragic loss of Woolmer, the situation has only spiralled out of control.I personally feel extremely sad for Woolmer.His dedication and efforts in tandem with the immeasurable talent that the Pakistan team possesses could've converted Pakistan into a true world beating team.The intra-team politics and controversies that were always right around the corner finally took their toll.The workload of the modern cricketer has certainly increased manifold and international cricket is quite hard by itself.Off the field issues can only make it worse.I'll take the liberty of blaming those members of the Pakistan cricket team who indulged in politics, never respected Woolmer and the Pakistan Cricket Board for driving the final nail in Woolmer's coffin. For once, the PCB and the Cricket team were in full cooperation since Woolmer took over. God Bless Woolmer and May Providence Shine Upon the Pakistan cricket team and the PCB and bless all and sundry with common sense, dedication and self-respect.Woolmer failed to instill any of these traits!Let's hope for the best!

  • Saad on March 18, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    No one deserves what happened to him. Sometimes we all can forget that it's just a game. For a while bob managed to bring out the best in our boys and I suppose that's all you can ask for. Our thoughts and prayers should be with his family now.

  • Malhar on March 18, 2007, 22:10 GMT

    Although pakistan has done this thing, personally bob woolmer himself was a great coach. thats different pakistan players dont get it but he tried to change things but i tihnk he could'nt bear the loss of pakistan to ireland. he was a great guy and i tihnk pakistan players should find themselves responsivle for it

  • Deepak on March 18, 2007, 22:09 GMT

    A sad day indeed, Mr.woolmer was one of those rare souls who contributed to the game apart from just playing it, its a reminder to all of us fans that its just a game at the end of the day and there are more important things in life

  • sam on March 18, 2007, 22:09 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was probably the best coach in the world. His ability and passion were wasted on our incorrigible players and thankless fans. May he rest in peace.

  • Ahsan on March 18, 2007, 22:09 GMT

    im extremely, extremely saddened on this shocking news. i had massive respect and support for him.. pakistan players must be ashamed of themselves along with whole PCB system that they failed to capitalise on this geart mean's abilities and cunningness of cricket, if pak's performance is trhe reason behind his death.. of course only ALLAH knows best about the reason but one can only think to his best. it all looks gloom now.. may ALLAH bless his soul, AMEEEN SUM AMEEN.

  • ali on March 18, 2007, 22:09 GMT

    Bob woolmer will be missed. One of the best coaches the game has ever produced.

    May his soul rest in peace.

  • Ahsan on March 18, 2007, 22:09 GMT

    Bob Woolmer aka Legend R.I.P

    When i met him in leicestershire i loved talking to him, all that mattered to him was cricket, tactics and his family. He was a legend for South Africa & Warwickshire. He brought his brilliance to Pakistan winning series against England, Sri Lanka, India.

    I believe that Pakistan did not do justice to his coaching talent. This man will be missed by everyone, people can berate him how much they like in Pakistan, he will always have my respect. As a person he was down to earth never said anything against anyone.


  • Shahid on March 18, 2007, 22:08 GMT

    You are absolutely right Kamran, he was one guy who always accepted criticism. I often use to write him questions on his website and he would respond with fervor. I think an era in cricket coaching has ended. The other thing i agree is that Bob was always misfit in Pakistan cricket system. I think some other team would have better utilised him. He still did a whole lot for Pakistan cricket and he will be one of the pioneer of the modern face given to Pakistan cricket. He will be (should be) remembered in the history of Pakistan cricket. My condolences to his family and may Allah bless his soul.

    Thanks Shahid.

  • Aman on March 18, 2007, 22:08 GMT

    Yes, the defeat against ireland made me shed a tear.

    Today, i can't stop crying.

    This amazing man lost his life because of a stupid passion that people have for sport. Don't get me wrong, I am one of those people too.

    Sport should never come to this. Sport should never cause this calamity, it is not a sport if it does.

    I am sorry Bob, for my constant nagging and bickering about cricket.

    Rest in peace Bob, rest in peace.

  • Waseem Ahmad on March 18, 2007, 22:07 GMT

    Bob's sad demise is extremely shocking and heart breaking. May his soul rest in eternal peace. My thoughts are with his family. May Allah give them the courage and patience to absorb such an untimely shocking loss. Bob was a man of strong character and had immense love for the game. I have tremendous respect for him for his contributions to the game of cricket in general and to Pakistani cricket in particular. His hard work with pakistan team did not pay off. But we all know that his influence on Pakistani cricket has been very healthy. I hope he did not die thinking he had not done enough, I wish he could not know that he did what he could do. He would always be remembered as a great coach.

  • Shakeeb on March 18, 2007, 22:06 GMT

    May God rest his soul in peace. It is a shocking loss. He was a winner and deserved better last memories then what our stupid Pakistani cricket team gave him.

  • iuiu on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Will the pakistani team be allowed to leave Jamaica or do they have to wait till the autopsy results are case there is some foul play!

  • Vas on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Great tribute Kamran.

    This is a tragedy that should at the very least provide perspective. If the worst thing Pakistanis feel at the moment is in regard to their team's loss against Ireland, then clearly they haven't learnt anything, and Bob Woolmer's memory doesnt mean anything to them. This is a timely reminder that after all the media beat-ups and fanaticism of the game, it remains just that- a game. Never has cricket felt more like a trivial pastime than it does right now. If lives hang in the balance, then ppl ought to reconsider how they go about their passion for following sport, and shift their priorities accordingly...

  • Sakul Gupta on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Bob has been GREAT always ever. Rameez Raja said Bob even asked the Cris Broad why so much grass had been left behind on the picth for teh match with Ireland. Ireland were behind the overrate even in the 46th over, why were they not fined any match fee when Pakistan was fined by Cris Broad. Is this descrimination. This seems to have been going on for long with Afridi too being banned for an of the field issue. These things too add unwanted pressure on the team, cause the heart aches as seen vivdly in the case of Bob. People must understand this for the better ment of the game, God it's just a Game, invented for pleasure, if it takes the life of people for pressure, it ain't worth it, Things need to be put into perspective.All must do well on the field, give their best as we all feel & that's all there is to it, no heart breaks, We feel so pained by the great Bob's not being there with us, Oh God , Wish we had our eyes open earlier. BRING BACK THAT LOVING FEELING, OH THAT LOVING FEELING, IT IS NEEDED THAT GOOD FEELING, BROTHERHOOD, UNITY, LOVE , HENCE SUCCESS

  • Craig on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    its extremely sad when a man dies doing the job he loved, especially when it is a game and a hobby as well. to the effigy burners who called for his head i hope this sticks to you like glue and you never forget it. as Pakistan coach, an cricket coaches in general, right and wrong moves would face hostility from different areas. this man died all for the love of a country's cricket team, and was lambasted for a loss

  • Zeeshan Cheema on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    What a great loss to world of cricket as Bob was great thinker of the game of cricket. I am incredible shock to hear this news. Bob has left a legacy of cricket and he will be remembered for his services to England, South Africa and Pakistan cricket. I send my condolences to his family.

  • rodzilla1010 on March 18, 2007, 22:05 GMT

    Does our passion for the game creates pressure for the players and the caoches?

    What happened today is a very dark day in cricket and probably the worst 24 hours ever in Pakistan's cricket history. A 58 year old man who gave his life to cricket died because of cricket too.

    What comes to my mind is, is is it worth dying for? Do we take it a lot more seriosly then we should. Teams like Australia, South Africa and New zealand perform alot better. But for subcontinental teams it just a matter of life and death.

    Pakistan lost. And they did it in a very shameful way, but the bottomline is that they all gave thier 100%. I am sure they tried thier best and things like that happen. One team has to face shame for another to achieve glory.

    We Indians and Pakistanis have to change this. Giving these cricketers god-like status when they win and burn thier houses when they lose. These guys are ordinary people like us, with extra ordinary cricketing abilities, but a heart, nerves and brain just like us. THEY ARE HUMAN. Bound to make errors.

    Inzimam who was the national hero a week ago became a villain within hours. Yes we lost the world cup under him but isnt he responsible for a WC win too.

    I am sorry Bob, he actually responded to 4 of my emails when i use t post on his web sie. He advised me to shorten my run up to 12 yards instead of running in fat and the very next game i took 4 wickets. Thank you Bob, i always supported and i know you gave everything you had to this team, i guess we wernt destined to win. But its becauseof you we saw days likethe 2-0 victory over England and the great tour of India in 2005.

    I dont know wbout others, but i really feel like i lost somone. What you did for cricket will never be forgotten, in your life you taught how to play this game, but with your death you gave a much more important lesson, that no game or hobby or sport is more valuable than life itself.

    Rest in peace Robert Woolmer. May Allah bless you for your good deeds and forgive all your sins. inalillah e wa ni allah he rajaeoon

  • Asif on March 18, 2007, 22:04 GMT

    This is really bad news, may Bob rest in piece. Dont care what anyone says he has done so much for the Pakistan team and it should be appreciated. It was a game so what if we lost we was outplayed but no-one should wish this for a guy to die, poor BOB RIP.

  • Irfan Jaffry on March 18, 2007, 22:04 GMT

    You are right. It is indeed the failure of Pakistan Cricket system and not Bob's and it is the death of Pakistan Cricket and not Bob's. Thanks to Bob for atleast trying to improve the state of our cricket.

  • Awais on March 18, 2007, 22:03 GMT

    A great loss to the world cricket. Loss of a great coach and a man of his principles. He will be sorely missed. Thank you Bob for your contribution to the game of cricket. Being a Pakistani I am really sorry as you did not get the level of respect and recognition you deserved as a Pakistan coach. May your soul rest in peace!

  • Fahd Chinoy on March 18, 2007, 22:02 GMT

    May he rest in peace. No one can doubt all that he has done for Pakistan cricket.

  • Shane on March 18, 2007, 22:00 GMT

    I agree that his talent was wasted on a team incapable of making the most of it. But then he always did like a challenge. Perhaps this was one challenge too many. He was a wonderful, motivated, dedicated coach and one of the nicest guys in world cricket. It is a sad, sad day and has cast a dark shadow upon the world cup, which suddenly seems utterly meaningless. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. RIP Mr. Bob Woolmer.

  • Waqas on March 18, 2007, 21:59 GMT

    In my opinion, Bob Woolmer was the best coach Pakistan could have gotten. He did so much for the Pakistan team. I mainly hold... actually i completely hold the PCB responsible for everything that has been happening and it all started when Nasim Ashraf became the chairman. After that point it has been downhill. I hope he leaves his post as soon as possible. As long as their is politics in Pakistan cricket, we cant expect to get anywhere. I also send my condolences to Mr. Woolmer's family. I was very pleased with what he had done. Only if others had believed in him also.

  • Junaid on March 18, 2007, 21:58 GMT

    Sports in the 21st centuary is more then just sports . Its a Billion dollar industry and buisness. When u have companies in vesting millions in yo they expect you to deliver , Once you dont they control the media to blame it all on the players and coaches to get there brand away from the team . Happens everywhere , The most hated brand last night in pakistan was pepsi due to its add with the team , next morning pepsi had to change it , buy planning a strategy to play the blame game .

    We as desi, are obessed with cricket , and we get so lost in our emotions that we cross the line . Yes we need to change our cricket, yes there are problems with our systems , yes our team is bymch of fundoz as in mullahs , but no game or match in the world is more then life . Bob i can say gave his life to this game , not many " goras left in the world " who would actually move to pakistan . Bob will be missed , and i sincerly hope that are supposed sports journalists never forget that at the end of the day its a game and some ones life .

    Bob great man to lose , cricket has lost a fighting man .


  • Dr M Raja on March 18, 2007, 21:58 GMT

    I agree with Kamran's views. The Man was & should be Bigger than the Game.......While we may not agree with Bob's tactics or approach as coaching Pak cricketers would never have been easy at best. Condolences to his family & May he rest in peace.

  • Stuge(Abhinav) on March 18, 2007, 21:57 GMT

    Yup,It's sad news .I still can't believe it .

  • Afridi on March 18, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    It has been a great shock, when I heard this news i was so shocked but when in this article you said ultimately he failed in pakistan as a coach, I completely disagreee with it, he won so manyy series as a pakistani coach and bring us from #6 to #3 in both form of games, every coach and team go though a bad patch and unluckily for us it was in world cup but I have nothin but have alot of respect Bob Woolmer. He Was an Awesome Coach.

  • Rizy2k6 on March 18, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    RIP Bob Woolmer, I wonder who has the balls to take up the job now! Hmmmmmm Interesting, what are your thoughts Kamran?

  • Owais on March 18, 2007, 21:56 GMT

    Oh man, complete sadnes....I just wrote a letter to Bob this morning expecting a reply soon, completely shocking. Pakistan cricket is in complete turmoil, we have a stupid him please because of his policies that are at all causes compleyar tely irrelevant to the game of Cricket, Bring back Shahryar Khan.

  • Waleed on March 18, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    Bob was too good of a coach for Pakistan. He was very much sincere to the game unlike the players of the team. He had the REAL coaching stuff in him. He was a great guy. I personally think that the poor performance of Pakistan against Ireland had a HUGE part to play in his unfortunate death. But MAY HE REST IN PEACE FOREVER.

  • sam on March 18, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    Sad demise of a great man.

  • Usman on March 18, 2007, 21:55 GMT

    First of all my deepest sympathies to the family of Late Bob Woolmer. I do not have the words to describe how i felt when i heard the news. The thing that came to my mind right away when i saw that he was hopitalized was that i hoped its not due to the shock he took yesterday. And i guess it ended up to be that shock that eventually took his life. I think that he was an honest and very hard working man but unfortunately he ended up in the wrong setup of Pakistan cricket. I still believe that he did bring a lot to Pakistan cricket. He should always be remembered as a great coach of Pakistan team. After this i hope the Subcontinental fans and the media should realize that its only a game. Yes criticize the players and coaches but it should always be positive criticism. If you think that they shouldnt be playing write it and say it. Dont go on burning peoples house and asking for people to be arrested. It puts a lot of pressure on them. I cant help myself feel bad for Inzamam. I dont know what is he going through? Yes he should retire Yes the team should have a lot of changes but please i plead to all the fans stay calm and do positive criticism. I dont know how will the players play after such shocking two days. The ICC should cancel Zimbabwe game and award points to Zimbabwe. In the end its a very very sad day for Pakistan cricket. For future i think Mr Nasim Ashraf has to go and a former and expereinced test cricket should be made the chairman. Coaching should go to Wasim Akram as i think he is a natural leader. The captaincy should go to Afridi without a doubt.

  • Usman Shahid on March 18, 2007, 21:54 GMT

    First of all, Pakistan being knocked out of the World Cup is not that important as the death of a professional, hardworking, never givingup attitude Bob Woolmer. I think this is a more big loss to Pakistan Cricket than losing the World Cup. And Kamran I do agree with you that PCB never gave Woolmer the necassary tools to make Pakistan the best but he fought alone and still gave us good results from the Pakistan Team. But I pray for Bob Woolmers family to guide them through this terrible and shocking tragedy. As you can see this man Bob Woolmer gave up his life for Pakistan Cricket cause I am sure the shocking defeat against Ireland and being knocked out of the World Cup really hurt him inside and he could not live on with the fact of Pakistan being kicked out of WC so it took his life. But once again, I think the great Pakistani legends who criticized Bobs abilities before should never have done that and today when he passes away they come out saying he was a great man, and etc. Why cant they say these things when he was alive, thats why Pakistan is behind in everything. You need to provide support while there is still time and not when its too late. God Bless Bob Woolmer and my prayers to the Pakistan team that inshallah they will be back for what there known for. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Mark Everest on March 18, 2007, 21:49 GMT

    What a terrible tragedy for the Woolmer family and the wider cricket world. This world cup will now always be remembered for this tragic event and sadly it will overshadow the marvellous victory for Ireland that preceded it. I am sure that Bob Woolmer, despite how badly it made him feel personally, will have been full of congratulations for the Ireland team and I suspect that he would not want his death to overshadow their success. My condolences, doubtless in agreement with all cricket players from every level of the game, are with Bob Woolmer's family at this dreadful time for them.

  • Noman 'Pugnate' Ansari on March 18, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    I am a huge fan of Pakistan cricket, and often feel ashamed of how the people of this country are so fickle. Whether the team wins or loses the reactions are much exaggerated.

    I feel really sorry for Woolmer and his family. He was just a coach, and I shed a few tears for a tragic and depressing death. I can only imagine the toll the loss took on him, and the whole thing is so difficult to swallow.

    When I heard the news I just couldn't believe it. I still half expect to wake up from this.

    I don't think the blame fell on the coach or the captain. It fell on the selectors for being so fickle with the selection.

    This whole thing is really depressing. My thoughts are with Bob's family.

  • Danish Khan on March 18, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    I am shocked as the whole cricketing world is, I for only feel for his family, as I have experienced a shock of losing them on October 8th Earthquake in Margalla Towers, so suddenly. And being able to relate to it I pray for his family's strength in such a time. It is saddening, very saddening, but one's time has already been decreed before they even come to this world. Pakistan Cricket does actually owe a lot to him, sure there have been defeats, last one was truly shameful and critisizable, however some of the wins have been quite memorable as well. And I previously in the open letter responded by targetting the PCB for the shameful exit, not Inzi, not Bob. I pray for him and his family.

  • Amar on March 18, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    Bob paid the ultimate price for Pakistan cricket, condolances to his family. I hope the public will let him rest in peace and not criticise him in this time of tragedy for those who thought Bob didn't give 100% for the Pakistan team they have very sadly been proved wrong. I put the blame of Bob's death 100% on the Pakistan cricket setup including the gutless performance of the players. Rest in peace Bob the entire cricketing world will sorely miss you!

  • Rafakat Khan on March 18, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was a good man and a great coach who devoted his life to cricket , my thoughts go out to his family.

    lets us not forget all that he achieved for pakistan the series win in india agaisnt india , the series win agaisnt both england and india in pakistan ,and the series win agaisnt sri lanka and west indies not to mention how mohammed yousuf and mohammed asif matured into the greatest players pakistan have seen under bob woolmer

    I believe the world cup failures was to do with the pakistan selection commitee, the scandals and controversies , injuries to key players , and the lack of heart of the pakistani batsmen as well as poor captaincy, the pakistani batsmens let down a whole nation and let down their coach , it may be time for alot of our current players and pakistani management to drop out

    This will definately be remembered as the worst period in the history of pakistani cricket but it can only go up and pakistan cricket will recover and become a force once again ..... inshallah

    To all the pakistani and cricket media and all you fanatic fans who ultimately caused the death of one of the greatest coaches ever remember ..........its just a game!

  • Amir on March 18, 2007, 21:46 GMT

    really shocked to hear the sad news

  • Zaim Akhtar on March 18, 2007, 21:44 GMT

    Very sad and shocked by the news. I think it took the world completely by surprise. Now is not the time to discussthe teams failures but instead we should remember Bob Woolmer the way that he should be remembered..A Great Man and a Great Coach

  • Amin Dilawar on March 18, 2007, 21:44 GMT

    I cant even think about Pakistan's poor performance against Ireland after hearing about this. There are a lot bigger things in life. I am shocked and short for words.

  • Pankaj on March 18, 2007, 21:41 GMT

    There is no way that South Africa would be at number 1 in the world rankings were it not for Bob Woolmer and Hansie Cronje. Both are now gone. Bob should never have taken the Pakistani job - far too gentle a man, and a professor of the game to have got involved in the politics and volatility of the PCB. I send his wife and sons my heartfelt wishes. In the final analysis, they are far more important today than Inzamam, Daryl Hair, Hansie or Warwickshire. I am so so sad.

  • Asad Bangash, Toronto on March 18, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    I m extremely sad that this has happened. I just dont know what else to say.


  • Tariq Masood - Portland on March 18, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    I feel really sorry for Woolmer. The poor guy paid the utmost price. May God forgive me and all others who doubted his commitment to Pakistani cricket. May his soul rest in peace after such a tragic ending to his life. My thoughts and prayer are with his family.

    He was more loyal than anyone to our cricket. I think he was just unfortunate to have landed this almost impossible job of coaching the world's most shameless, unprofessional and corrupt cricketers.

    His death just reminds us not to take a game so seriously after all. The human body and mind works in ways we just don't understand.

  • Amjad - England on March 18, 2007, 21:40 GMT

    I can only convey my sympathies with the family of Bob Woolmer on this most tragic of occassion. What this does is only remind people that there are far more important things in life than cricket - we fans, sometimes forget this most important fact - and cannot see beyond the most recent loss, as in the case of the loss to Ireland. Cricket, after all is a game, and the amount of pressure that the coaches, players and fans put themselves under, or put others under (in the case of the fans)is so immense, that it can lead to heartbreaking consequences for all our loved nearest and dearest.

  • Irfan on March 18, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    The nature of sincerety Bob woolmer had for his job to Pakistan cricket was evident from the fact that during all the ignominious activities of Pakistan cricket - the oval fiasco, the changing and re-changing of captains, dope scandals, insulting behaviour of shoaib akhter, and dictatorial rebuttals from inzimam - he didn't resign, he didn't let go of his job, he had promised to strive for a successful Pakistani world cup, and he tried his best; unlike our greats like Miandad and et all who would resign at matters of personal insults right before world cups and other important team pursuits. It was never for money, he could get better from England, and many a counties, he was indeed a coach in demand, deserving better apprentices than Pakistani team. Bob always saw himself as a part of the team, as a fecilitator, never above. We should collectively apologise for our behaviours, cricket pundits like zaheer abbas for taking out their personal vendettas, the Pakistan team for never bothering to learn an iota of sense from this ocean of cricketing knowledge, the newspapers for spreading maleficent rumours, and the pakistani nation for making cricket their only pursuit of excellence, their only means of collective happiness.

  • Zena Tarique on March 18, 2007, 21:37 GMT

    It was a shame as it as to see Pakistan lose to new born team that we had to hear about the sad demise of Mr. Bob Woolmer. He was a talented coach and at this point I would not be afraid to say that we are all so ashamed of our players including captain Inzimam ul Haque. The team not only led the nation down but has a huge contribution towards Mr. Woolemer's death when all he did was keep the team in its high spirits. Less did he know how they would let him down like that... I think they should be flown back to the homeland without even having to fulfill the formality of playing with Zimbabwe as I am sure they are going to lose as well and further aggravate the millions of Paki cricket fans out there. I wonder how long they would be able to hide their faces to avoid the humiliation back home.

  • naveed akhtar on March 18, 2007, 21:36 GMT

    the pressure from managing the most unprofessional team in the world with the most stuck-up unprofessional players caused a great coach too much stress and pressure, he wasted his management years on pakistan cricket which is full of corruption and bad behaviour, they must share the guilt of his demise.

  • Cricket Junky on March 18, 2007, 21:36 GMT

    The whole nation is so sad to hear this news. My deepest sympathies for his Family. May Allah (God) give patience to his family in these trying times. I like your sentence " his skills were wasted on Pakistan Team".

  • ibtsam butt on March 18, 2007, 21:33 GMT

    i m completely out of my senses, he is a big loss to cricket and it seems that he also could not bear the pain provided to him by this RUBBISH PAKISTANI team. He took up a challenge and they(Pakistani Team) failed him and he could not stand it. It must have got up to him. Some players from this team should b fired. Inzamam should b toled to go on TABLEEGE and give KHUTBAS. He is now only burden on the team. Kamran Akmal should be given a rest for lifetime now as we need to find a more mentally strong wicket keeper. Azhar Mehmood should be sent to england to play for counties instead, he is no more required. I agree with kamran for Afridi being the captain. But all this was out of the context. I m deeply hurt with Bob's death. It was totally unexpected. May his soul rest in peace and may ALLAH bless his soul (AMEEN)

  • Shahid on March 18, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Machination of mind, body and soul yes we dont understand niether do we understand will of God apart from it being the reason of last resort.

    But as a nation we also do not understand self respect, pride, responsibility, accountability and most of all character. Bob woolmer and his death signifies all of the above and much more. It provides lesson to us dimwits that ultimate accountability lies within and not without. The man paid it with his life - I for one salute him for his integrity, dignity and character, which he already showed just being the saner part of this malfunctioning corrupt setup.

    We talk about rolling heads, like hydra they will reappear. Probably, solution lies in self-capitulation, self-accountibility and owning responsibility. This can only be acheived by tendering resignations and vowing never to be part of any setup where you cant add value.

  • masaeb on March 18, 2007, 21:30 GMT

    I am in total shock, I have been glued to GEO and ARY ONE world, a tragic loss and for those at home, I hope you realise it is just a game.

    I will always remember Edgebaston July 2004, where he led us to victory against India.

    Junaid Jamshed asked him during the England toud of Pakistan, what is like to beat your country and Bob was famously quoted as saying;

    "I am a Pakistani, I live in Pakistan, I will die in Pakistan, and will be burried in Pakistan"

    Thank you for the memories Bob, I am sure there's a place in heaven for you.

  • Fahad on March 18, 2007, 21:25 GMT

    Regardless of what was said about Bob Woolmer, I must say all our prayers are with him. The man after all, gave his life in the process. It's a shame that this had to happen, but knowing pakistan cricket i suggest we start praying for the next martyr in's a truly sad day for cricket, but i doubt the PCB has learned anything from this situation.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on March 18, 2007, 21:14 GMT

    I AM, STUNNED, SHOCKED AND DAZED by the news of Bob Woolmer's sudden demise!

    In my last post this morning, in the other thread on Shamrock defeat, I had quoted Ghalib's verse:

    "Ho chukeen Ghalib bala-ayen sab tamaam, Ek marg-e-naagahaani aur hai."

    For non Urdu speaking people here is the English translation of the difficult Urdu words:

    Ho chukeen = whatever happened (in the past) bala-ayen = calamities, tragedies sab tamaam = everything else marg = death, naagahaanee = sudden or accidental (So all the calamities and tragedies are over now, and the only thing that is in waiting is - the sudden death.)

    When I wrote that above verse, I didn't have the slightest idea that BOB WOOLMER would be that victim. His sudden and sad demise has shocked the entire cricket world and most importantly all the Pakistanis. Bob's sudden death has created more woes, more misery and more distress than the defeat against Ireland. Its really a matter of grief, sorrow and shock for us ALL. I owe my sincere sympathies and deepest condolences to Bob Woolmer's family and close friends. I may have said something against his policies and his approach in coaching in the past, but that was totally about the game of cricket and personally I have nothing against him and I am really grieved, shocked and feel extremely sorry for this sudden and untimely demise. May God rest his soul in peace.

    IMO Pakistan must abandon their match against Zimbabwe and the whole team and the PCB officials must go to his come country to attend his funeral proceedings. It is more important for them to show their last respects to their coach, rather than playing this last match which is nothing but a formality. I think paying a last homage to their coach who has spent the last 3 years with them and who took this shocking defeat to his heart, so much so that he lost his life in the process. This gesture would give his family a feeling of support and the honour and respect that Bob deserved. Also, PCB must immediately pay his family not only the dues but, a handsome gratuity in return for his services. Once again, lets say a few good words for the deceased - May God bless him and rest his soul in peace.

  • Imad Khan on March 18, 2007, 21:09 GMT

    A national tragedy is upon us and its not the loss to Ireland.

    The untimely death of Bob Wolmer should be a wakeup call to all Pakistani cricket fans who take their team too seriously. We have been critical of Bob, and I think he would welcome healthy criticism but to be fanatical to the point of being irrantionally subjective is something else.

    Our country, our fans, and our players are in shock and deep mourning. What they need to do now is live up to the legacy of Bob Wolmer. Go out, win against Zimbabwe in a fashion that would make him proud. Go out and do all the things that he expected. Become the team he envisioned we could. Show the world Bob Wolmer did not fail as a coach. Pakistan cricket has already failed him. We may have a chance at redemption, however belated it maybe.

    We will miss you Bob Wolmer - a true Pakistani.

  • sameera on March 18, 2007, 21:05 GMT

    We are shocked...everybody has to go one day but was his death caused by Pak's defeat?

  • qureshi on March 18, 2007, 21:04 GMT

    devastating news.Very painful to swallow.An extrememely mellow and nice man who tried his best for pakistan cricket.Not many top western coaches would want to come to Pakistan and coach.He gave his life to the sport and will be hugely missed.

  • Sakul Gupta on March 18, 2007, 21:04 GMT

    I was shell shocked when I read Bob is no more. This is too much. I cried. This surely a very sad day. Passionate cool men like him lead us on. The 11 on the playing field have to win, What was Azar Mahmood doing after 16 balls & only 2 runs & then getting out like that, Playing has to be with responsibility, with an aim to win, surely these 11 could have batted better. If the cricketing structure isn't rectified then we would loose such great men like Bob Woolmer. These pressures are created due to flaws in the planning & that is true in every feld of work, the sooner we rectify these the better. Deep condolences to Bob & his family & the PAkistan Cricket team, & us , Bob lives on like an eternal light ever, It's time to start doing the good things now. God's Grace

  • Rascal on March 18, 2007, 21:00 GMT

    I feel terrible about Bob and wish his family all the best. I agree with Dr Abbasi in all he says, and was also of opinion Bob had to go - even before the world cup. Truly its been a terrible last few months, from the England Series till today. I hope we can 'rise' from this, if this is the appropriate term.

  • Abbas on March 18, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    dear bob

    although we had ups and downs i will never ever forget you you are the best coach pakistan ever had

    rest in peace bob woolmer


  • Hussain on March 18, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    Ironically enough, just when the news of Bob Woolmer's passing away was being posted, I was talking with a friend in Toronto. At the time I told him that Bob was a good coach and in cricket, you can't blame the coach for performances such as the one Pak. players displayed. Here in North America, fooball games are dependent on coach's decisions. But in cricket, once the pitch is analyzed, team selected, players on the field, it's totally up to the players to show their mettle or lack thereof in this case. Heads should roll but of those egotistical maniacs who jeopardized and lost everything I hoped out of Pak. cricket. One waits 4 years for such a big show down and Pak. players managed to survive 5 days. Way to go! And what a big loss for World cricket in the passing away of Bob Woolmer. My deepest felt condolences to his family....

  • Raza Bashir on March 18, 2007, 20:48 GMT

    I guess the poor guy couldnt have given a bigger price then this to prove his commitment to the team. As part of a nation in which people dont even bother to tender their resignations when they ve messed up, this poor bloke gave his life.!!! There cant be a bigger testament to the man's GREATNESS. I bow down to an accomplished man and a life well lived. !!!

    raza bashir

  • Bilal on March 18, 2007, 20:47 GMT

    Huge loss for the cricketing world. I agree with your criticising and the fact that Bob was a media man is an important fact. I was a huge fan of Bob after Paks victory in Banglaore, the win against England on home soil and beating India in Karachi. Everything seemed to go pear shaped after the England series in England and Bob was restricted in the new look Pakistan was given due to its politics. His failures were partly down to the failing system in Pakistan. Nonetheless, Thank you Bob for giving your best and at times giving Pakistan supporters great joy.

  • Hammad Alam on March 18, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    Throughly saddened by the news. In effect, the Pakistani players have contributed to this man's death. A man foreign to Pakistan, who took the team as his own but soon realized the type of nation we are, an ungrateful and hopeless people. Pakistan's institutions are rotten, and the nation is continuing its self-combustion that began in 1947. Congrats Pakistan team, you've killed a man who gave you professionalism, and you threw it away when it mattered most.

  • Raza Bashir on March 18, 2007, 20:44 GMT

    I guess the poor guy couldnt have given a bigger price then this to prove his commitment to the team. As part of a nation in which people dont even bother to tender their resignations when they ve messed up, this poor bloke gave his life.!!! There cant be a bigger testament to the man's GREATNESS. I bow down to an accomplished man and a life well lived. !!! May the paki cricket system and the honchos who have brought this upon us and an innocent guy like woolmer rot in hell. !!!

    raza bashir

  • Anwar Ahmad on March 18, 2007, 20:42 GMT

    The news of Bob Woolmer's death is certainly more shocking than Pakistan's defeat at the hands of Ireland

  • Saqib Chaudry on March 18, 2007, 20:37 GMT

    why why why why did it happend ?? my condolences to his family :( a cant take it any more

  • Ashaq on March 18, 2007, 20:37 GMT

    Great man Great coach .My condolences to his family.

  • Paul on March 18, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    Kamran, I couldn't agree with your comments more. Bob Woolmer was one of the most innovative thinkers in modern cricket, and is largely responsible for several advances in the way the game is coached at the international level. The best leaders in any field, corporate or sport, are the ones that are open to criticism and take it in their stride. Bob Woolmer certainly sounds like he fit that description.

    At the end of the day, this is just a sport. I am not Pakistani, but I really hope that fans in Pakistan understand how much their team, their culture and their spirit meant to Bob. He paid with his life - calling for his arrest and burning effigies was out of place to begin with. My condolences go out to his family.


  • BOB DEAD,DONT BLAME INZY on March 18, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    KISMET, there was no other way by KISMET to prove that bob woolmers dedication towards pakistan team except by death,had bob been alive he along with inzy would had been blamed for the shocking exist out of the world cup,and now blaming inzy for exist would be the most idiotic belief,does inzy too has to die to prove that he alone isnt responsible for the exist? the real culprit for the shocking exist of pakistan team is pakistanis themselves,they proved their stupidity by not electing IMRAN KHAN as pakistans prime minister,the main person behind pakistans shocking exist is NASIM ASHRAF ,and this "great" decision to make him PCB was by pervez musharraf, kamran akmals and umar guls throwing their wicket when their job was to play full 50 overs,had they played full 50 overs pak would had made around 160 runs,and KISMET knows pak would had won so, the things to be blamed for shocking pak exist is= 1)KISMET 2}NASIM ASHRAF 3}PERVEZ MUSHARRAF and if pakistanis have even a little sensibility and understanding of cricket left,they should blame inzy and make IMRAN KHAN AS P.C.B chief for life,if they dont have the intelligence enough of making imran khan as pakistans prime minister,cause besides ALLAH, its only IMRAN KHAN who can save both pakistan and pakistani cricket team GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

  • ravindra Kumar on March 18, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    I felt saddened by this sudden loss of such a wonderful person who was so much passionate about cricket and spreading it by his coaching. Given the history and all the intrigue associated with Pakistan cricket, he was a brave man to accept this job even. The fact that Bob failed in his mission reflects very poorly on Pakistan cricket system and I am sure even his untimely demise would be brushed off as a lost cause. Given the performance of this team in the world cup, I am sure he would have felt hurt and upset like millions other fans and neutrals alike who still crave to see bowlers like Akram in full flight against Sachin. Being a nutral I hope Pakistan cricket recovers from it and will aprreciate his mission to improve Pakistan cricket, for which he was given a stick by people who just have commercial interest at their heart. RIP Bob and thank you for all the glorius moments you gave us with South Africa and Pakistan.

  • irfan on March 18, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    i think pakistans loss in the world cup was ment to be as now it can be partially blamed for the loss of Bob Woolmer, fate had something to do here. i just like to forget pakistan cricket for months to come this is just very sad Bobs loss and Pakistans too.

  • Ahmad Zubairi on March 18, 2007, 20:33 GMT

    A very sad day for Pakistan and Criket indeed.He worked very hard for the team even with our inconsistent system of management.He will be missed his professionalism will be missed.God bless his soul and give his family the strength to bear this huge loss. Ahmad

  • M.TAHIR from SPRINGFIELD ILLINOIS on March 18, 2007, 20:32 GMT

    A great tragedy for the world of cricket... a person who tried his best to work in an autocratic organization such as the PCB where the captain of the cricket team has more say than anyone in the selecting process.The shameless performace of the pakistani cricket team took its toll indirectly to some extent in his departure from this world (may god rest his soul in peace) but Inzaman's dictatorship style of leadership COULD have more to do with his untimely demise,than meets the eye.IT's very obvious that he took this defeat and the one against the Windies.,to heart more than any of us.IT's also very clear that he had made it very clear in his previous interviews,of the autocracy of Inzaman in the selection process.Had Sami been playing in the match against the Windies in place of Inaman's favorit e stooge Rana, we would have won the gane against them and would not have caused the heartache that millions of us Pakistanis are facing today and hence this deplorable tragedy of Bob woolmer,which could definately be triggered by the fact of us not making it to the super 8.The only way Inaman can pay tribute to the late Bob Woolmer is to a captain AND AS A PLAYER,AND TAKE ATLEAST 75% BLAME FOR BOB'sTRAGIC UNTIMELY DEATH AND FOR THE MISERIES OF THE PAKISTAN'S PERFORMANCE.Agaimn may god rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family to bear this horrible reality of life. Khuda Hafiz

  • Hasan on March 18, 2007, 20:31 GMT

    I was also shocked at the defeat, but Bob Woolmer's death puts things in perspective. It is just a game. May Bob's soul rest in peace.


  • Osman Ali on March 18, 2007, 20:27 GMT

    What a sad day for Pakistan Cricket. This man gave us his all (including his life), and it was never good enough for us. Why have we still not heard a condolence message from PCB yet. What a sad day for all who love cricket. Osman, CT, USA

  • ( Sitarah Anjum-London (A man who lived for cricket and died for it!) on March 18, 2007, 20:26 GMT

    Just when I posted my comment to Kamran’s ‘Open letter to Inzy, Bob, and the Doc’, I heard the shocking news on Geo at around 6:15pm UK time that he had a serious heart attack and just minutes after that I got the confirmation of his death! I was speechless for a moment and felt unbelievable pain over his sad demise. I was mourning the death of Pakistan’s cricket but I did not know that it will be for Bob Woolmer after few hours of Pakistan’s humiliating exit from the WC!

    As I mentioned earlier in my previous comments that when I woke up on Sunday morning I felt as if someone in my family has died! I did not know that this feeling was for Bob Woolmer  We had complaints regarding the performance how Pakistan team played and has been playing recently but as a person had nothing bad for him in my heart and now I feel that cricket gave him such an unbearable shock that he could not live with it. Death and life is in the hands of God but when sad consequences like this lead to someone’s sudden loss of life, this can only be described as TRAGEDY. What a black day in Pakistan Cricket’s history. This will always be remembered for all the wrong reasons. I feel v v v v v bad over his sad, tragic sudden death. Winning or losing is part of a game I know. I was devastated over Pakistan’s lost against Ireland but I did not know that it will cost Bob Woolmer’s life……… I have no words to express my grievances. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family in South Africa. A man who lived for cricket and died for it. God rest his soul in peace Amen.

  • Ashar Ahmad on March 18, 2007, 20:23 GMT

    great loss!!!.As a pakistani i feel horrible that in his last match pakistan team probably gave him the worst result that they could give him as a team under his coaching..may his soul rest in peace.

  • Gani on March 18, 2007, 20:23 GMT

    Bob Woolmer (May his soul rest in peace) was a man failed by a system, and the entire pakistani cricket fraternity should be proud of a man who was so hurt by failure that he lost the will to live! The sense of loss is overwhelming!

  • Syed Shais Ali on March 18, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    OH My GOD!!! I feel Deeply sorry for him, what Tragedy! he was just couldn`t intake the Loss! istead 15 Guys of Pakistani Team should have died from Shame other then him. he was the best pushed in political dogma of tableegi Jamaat which has intrench itseld in Pakistan National Team! Inzimam it should have been you!!!

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  • Taimur Huk on March 18, 2007, 20:16 GMT

    yea i'm very saddened by the passing away of bob woolmer. he was a good coach, and had his players supported him more, pakistan would have won more matches, achieved consistency(something they have lacked in the past), and bob woolmer would have been a more successful coach. whatever it was with him, i'm still shocked by this tragedy. and i'm concerned about the future of pakistan cricket.

  • Jibran on March 18, 2007, 20:14 GMT

    From whatever I've ever read and seen of the man, What he wrote and conveyed through his columns, You could never trace any malice. He showed exemplary patience in the face of all the crisis he faced during the build up to this tournament.

    He had only one passion, and as Allan Donald says, he might as well have paid for it. He earned respect, he deserved it, It is a sad way to go for such a humble man who performed his duties professionally and humbly. He has my respect forever. May God have mercy on his soul.

  • Bilal on March 18, 2007, 20:14 GMT

    kamram i have nothing to say to you at the moment i just wanted to use your article to submit my deapest regret and i have only respect for him and my sympathies are with his family and the pakistan team that should be like a family to him by now

  • Dr. Khalid Husain on March 18, 2007, 20:14 GMT

    As one who follows Pakistani cricket with from afar (living in snowy Maine, USA), I am greatly saddened by Bob Woolmer's demise. He took on the impossible task, trying to coach the uncoachable and died trying. When all is said and done all Pakistanis know they have lost a loyal friend and will miss him dearly. I know he will be missed by those he coached. I sincerly hope the PCB will do something suitable honour his loyalty. God Bless him!

  • Yas on March 18, 2007, 20:14 GMT

    Very nice article there Kamran, words cant express how deeply saddening the death of bob Woolmer is. What a sad day for his family and Pakistan cricket.

    Ill just end it off with saying RIP Bob, may Allah bless your soul for your contributions to pakistani cricket.

  • Salman Malik on March 18, 2007, 20:11 GMT


    Bob Woolmer's demise is a most grievous occurence, and that it came so close to the worst defeat in Pakistan's history - no doubt the shame and ignominy of the defeat had a lot to do with Bob Woolmer's demise. He indeed was a professional trying to instill professionalism into a bunch of talented but obtuse and unprofessional cricketer's - totally nonserious and unaccountable for their actions. Look at people like Younis Khan, misbehaving prior to the Champion's trophy - what did his attitudinal "puppet captain" remark actually result in - a shameful exit from world stage. Look at Inzamam, now the bastion of Pakistan batting, the manner of his dismissal against a "minnow" team in his 350+something one dayer.

    The solution is only in the hands of the PCB, not only shopuld it be fired and run independently and democratically, but it should be transparent to the public. There are millions of things to discuss. What happened to school cricket..what happened to club cricket...what happened to making better grounds and wickets...what happened to the famed "Cricket Academy"...lastly what happened to national pride. What's happening in World cricket today is what happened in Field Hockey almost 2 decades ago - changing rules and fitness and indeed game standards are changing and evolving - our board our government and our President are looking on as our cricket is deteriorating, along with our country. Better not play and withdraw our status as an international team until we can really become competitive.

  • RSN on March 18, 2007, 20:11 GMT

    I feel sorry for Inzi and the whole team for the shocking loss. (let's face it. if the minnows fancy a win against a major team, it has got to be india/pak since these two teams are vulnerable any day)

    I am even more appalled by Bob's death. He was a pioneer coach who applied statistics and in-depth analysis to great effect. He would think out batsmen. Nowadays many coaches try to emulate him with a laptop, but they can only go as far as that.

    He made SA a great outfit.Hats off BOB!

  • mat on March 18, 2007, 20:06 GMT

    Sad loss for word cricket. Bob was a very proud man (what do pakistani team know about pride.. just money money, fights) and he must have really hurt after pakistan's loss against ireland. He wasn't pakistani but being a professionsl he dreamt about seeing pakistan win the cup. If pakistis team dont know the word pride, learn it now for GOD's sake. It wasn't Bob's fault if players didn't do the way they were coached. Players would still end up with millions of rupees but a decent and great coach has lost his life. Shame on you pakistani team.

    My apologies to all the so called ex. great players that they dont have to pick on Bob anymore because he was english and gora (as Zaheer Abbas used to call to curse him in his interviews)... shame on you... My blood boils but its of no use. PCB's marry go round would carry on.


  • Osama Faheem on March 18, 2007, 20:05 GMT

    A great coach who can make average team a great team but from my point of view Bob did'nt failed its once again the system of our country cricket

  • usman on March 18, 2007, 20:03 GMT

    Bob Woolmer was a good coach and he will be missed..Pakistan needed him but they let him down!!

  • Asad Kamal Khan on March 18, 2007, 20:02 GMT

    Kamran, I am surprised to know that some readers have rebuked your open letter to Bob. The tragedy is totally unexpected and comes as a shock and more importanly it showed us who was sincere and more passionate about Pakistan cricket. As I wrote in my last email to you, the other two you mentioned in your letter have not even hinted of rendering a resignation. On the issue of adddressing in Urdu, I must say that the IQ of Naseem Ashraf is so abysmal that I even doubt whether he earned his MBBS degree or bought it. Linking the promotion of tourism with the Urdu only policy was dire. However sticking to the current tragedy of losing Bob, I want to express my deep sorrow at his death. Last night after the exit, myself and my friends were praying that somehow we can get rid of Inzamam, Naseem Ashraf, Saleem Altaf and Wasim Bari, while Bob gets a free reign to coach.

    May his soul rest in peace and sincere condolences to his family.

    Allah hafiz Asad, UK

  • Faisal,USA on March 18, 2007, 20:01 GMT

    This is very devastating news, if I was at his place and his position probably I would have died too.Pakistan cricket mainly the team and the board should learn something from this incident and do something, definitely Inzamam should be sacked since he put everything on luck and according to Imran Khan's statement in Daily Jang online that you can't blame everything on luck!You have to go out, make strategy and play cricket.My condolences to Bob's family, he was a great professional, he tried and died for the game.


  • imran mir on March 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    The dark clouds that have been over the pakistani cricket team since Ovalgate continue to rage on. I think i can speak for ever pakistani when i say I am depressed. RIP Bob Woolmer

  • Azam Farooqui on March 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    The sad from for cricket, a man who regardless of the challanges he faced with the Pakistan changed the face of coaching in the 90's. One of the pioneers of innovation, he bought a new approach in the way teams handled opposition skills, strengths and weaknesses. He tried his best to change the face of Pakistani cricket, ultimately the same old Pakistan system failed him. But as kamran said he was brave enough to take the challange. More than Pakistan, it's the cricketing world that would miss him. His creativity and talent, something he still had to offer to the world.

  • omer khan on March 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    its a very sad day, not only for Pakistan Cricket but World Cricket. May his soul rest in peace. He'll always be remembered as a great couch and a great man.

  • Khalid on March 18, 2007, 19:58 GMT

    Heartfelt condolences to Bob Woolmers family and the cricketing community at large on his untimely and tragic death. He deserved better. It is also a tragic death for Pakistan cricket because they had a chance with this man. After the Ireland defeat there was only one man in my humble opinion that one could trust to speak the truth at the inquest because the rest of the management and team will be bound by internal politics. Lets hope that they learn a final lesson from a very good and humble man. Rest in peace Bob.

  • babar ali on March 18, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    R.I.P Bob. The best coach PAKISTAN has ever had.

    My condolences to his family.

    We pakistan fans are evry ungrteful and did not realise what a coach we had.

    Reminds me of a old sayin you dont know what you got until its gone.

    May everyone pay there respects to a man worthy of respect.

  • Saj Shah on March 18, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    I more than anyone feel at this time and very shocked and saddend by the Death of Bob Woolmer, I hope the Pakistan team can live with themselves after this? because in my eyes they are the ones behind the death. I have had made remarks towards Bob Woolmer's coaching style, but today I learnt a valuble lesson in that Pak Cricket meant more to him than the rest of the Pak Squad? Bob let his life go of his like, so as not to appear a villian and bady in the Eyes of the Pakistani Public and media as winning was everything to him??? Afterall he had nothing to Cheer about after the 2 w/c games??? I hope Inzi through some miracle of Allah get's to hear about this blog and my review, as I blame him for the death along with the rest of the failing pakistani cricket team of losers. I am really upset. No man or women should die in this manner. RIP Bob Woolmer, I am so sorry. Best Wishes to your loved family in this difficult time.

  • Suhail, Cleveland OH on March 18, 2007, 19:53 GMT

    RIP Bob, Everything from yesterday has changed with the this sad news. My condolences to Mrs. Woolmer and family. Pakistan will miss Bob.

  • Mustafa Chagla on March 18, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    Kamran's crticism of Bob Woolmer has always been healthy and constructive, unlike some other sections of the press and some ex-cricketers, who's prerogative was to demean Bob no matter what.

    Bob Woolmer was indeed a great man and a coach and he did go on Mission Impossible when he decided to be associated with Pakistan Cricket. I have been following his Q&As on his website and other articles, and he has always taken on criticism bravely but he was equally blunt and harsh on those who were deliberately trying to make his life miserable. I just hope and pray that his death had nothing to do with Pakistan's loss to Ireland and Pakistan's premature exit from the world cup. May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 19:47 GMT

    I offer my deepest of condolences to Bob's family. What a shocker, I'm stunned!!!

  • Haroon Khan on March 18, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    I can't believe it.....everything happend so quickly,Pakistan loss to Ireland,now these news its too much to take.shock over shock.I must say that last day loss would have too much on him.God bless him.

  • Zaeemuddin Husain on March 18, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    Bob Woolmer sacrificed(for an ideal, belief) his life to Pakistan cricket.He is a mateyr for pakistan cause. He should be awarded Pakistan's highest civilian medal of honour to recogonise his services to the team. Bob's services not only included coaching the pakistan team in the field of cricket but also it seems that he put up with a lot of the unruly behaviour of the uneducated and uncivilised players silently.

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  • Zaeemuddin Husain on March 18, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    Bob Woolmer sacrificed(for an ideal, belief) his life to Pakistan cricket.He is a mateyr for pakistan cause. He should be awarded Pakistan's highest civilian medal of honour to recogonise his services to the team. Bob's services not only included coaching the pakistan team in the field of cricket but also it seems that he put up with a lot of the unruly behaviour of the uneducated and uncivilised players silently.

  • Haroon Khan on March 18, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    I can't believe it.....everything happend so quickly,Pakistan loss to Ireland,now these news its too much to take.shock over shock.I must say that last day loss would have too much on him.God bless him.

  • Euceph Ahmed on March 18, 2007, 19:47 GMT

    I offer my deepest of condolences to Bob's family. What a shocker, I'm stunned!!!

  • Mustafa Chagla on March 18, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    Kamran's crticism of Bob Woolmer has always been healthy and constructive, unlike some other sections of the press and some ex-cricketers, who's prerogative was to demean Bob no matter what.

    Bob Woolmer was indeed a great man and a coach and he did go on Mission Impossible when he decided to be associated with Pakistan Cricket. I have been following his Q&As on his website and other articles, and he has always taken on criticism bravely but he was equally blunt and harsh on those who were deliberately trying to make his life miserable. I just hope and pray that his death had nothing to do with Pakistan's loss to Ireland and Pakistan's premature exit from the world cup. May God rest his soul in peace.

  • Suhail, Cleveland OH on March 18, 2007, 19:53 GMT

    RIP Bob, Everything from yesterday has changed with the this sad news. My condolences to Mrs. Woolmer and family. Pakistan will miss Bob.

  • Saj Shah on March 18, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    I more than anyone feel at this time and very shocked and saddend by the Death of Bob Woolmer, I hope the Pakistan team can live with themselves after this? because in my eyes they are the ones behind the death. I have had made remarks towards Bob Woolmer's coaching style, but today I learnt a valuble lesson in that Pak Cricket meant more to him than the rest of the Pak Squad? Bob let his life go of his like, so as not to appear a villian and bady in the Eyes of the Pakistani Public and media as winning was everything to him??? Afterall he had nothing to Cheer about after the 2 w/c games??? I hope Inzi through some miracle of Allah get's to hear about this blog and my review, as I blame him for the death along with the rest of the failing pakistani cricket team of losers. I am really upset. No man or women should die in this manner. RIP Bob Woolmer, I am so sorry. Best Wishes to your loved family in this difficult time.

  • babar ali on March 18, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    R.I.P Bob. The best coach PAKISTAN has ever had.

    My condolences to his family.

    We pakistan fans are evry ungrteful and did not realise what a coach we had.

    Reminds me of a old sayin you dont know what you got until its gone.

    May everyone pay there respects to a man worthy of respect.

  • Khalid on March 18, 2007, 19:58 GMT

    Heartfelt condolences to Bob Woolmers family and the cricketing community at large on his untimely and tragic death. He deserved better. It is also a tragic death for Pakistan cricket because they had a chance with this man. After the Ireland defeat there was only one man in my humble opinion that one could trust to speak the truth at the inquest because the rest of the management and team will be bound by internal politics. Lets hope that they learn a final lesson from a very good and humble man. Rest in peace Bob.

  • omer khan on March 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    its a very sad day, not only for Pakistan Cricket but World Cricket. May his soul rest in peace. He'll always be remembered as a great couch and a great man.

  • Azam Farooqui on March 18, 2007, 20:00 GMT

    The sad from for cricket, a man who regardless of the challanges he faced with the Pakistan changed the face of coaching in the 90's. One of the pioneers of innovation, he bought a new approach in the way teams handled opposition skills, strengths and weaknesses. He tried his best to change the face of Pakistani cricket, ultimately the same old Pakistan system failed him. But as kamran said he was brave enough to take the challange. More than Pakistan, it's the cricketing world that would miss him. His creativity and talent, something he still had to offer to the world.