Shields denies it's a murder investigation March 21, 2007

Pakistan players being questioned over Woolmer

Cricinfo staff



A Pakistan supporter lights candles for Bob Woolmer © AFP

Mark Shields, the deputy commissioner of Jamaica police, said there was still no evidence of Bob Woolmer being murdered and confirmed Pakistan players would be interviewed after the coach's death on Sunday. Ten forensics experts spent the day looking for clues in Woolmer's room on the 12th floor of the Pegasus hotel and footage from security tapes was also being viewed.

"We're waiting for further information from the pathologist before we make any more statements," he told Associated Press. Staff at the hotel have been interviewed and Shields told Jamaica's Nationwide News Network that Pakistani players were also being questioned.

"We're going through a process of speaking to people, including members of the team," he said. Shields did not say whether the meetings would be finished before the squad was due to leave on Saturday.

Those expecting further updates on the case during a Pakistan news conference at the hotel after the game against Zimbabwe were disappointed when each member of the squad had a turn to speak about Woolmer. Adrian Birrell, the Ireland coach, was also present to pay his respects.

Pakistan had no hope of qualifying for the Super Eights after the loss to Ireland and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was playing his final ODI, dedicated the 93-run victory over Zimbabwe to Woolmer. "He is not in this world anymore but every Pakistani and every cricket lover is sad about what happened to him," Inzamam said after the match. "I am also very sad about him and it is why I'm emotional."

Woolmer died in hospital a day after the shock Ireland defeat. His wife Gill told an Indian television station on Wednesday she did not see any conspiracy in Woolmer's fate.

"He emailed me the following morning [after the Ireland loss]," she told NDTV. "He did mention that he was really depressed and could not believe how this could have happened. The Pakistani team's poor performance affected him, as any other big tournament that he lost as a coach." Mrs Woolmer said her husband was healthy and was not taking medication for type two diabetes, but he had been prescribed some anti-inflammatory tablets.