Did Pakistan's shocking defeat by Ireland kills Coach?

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By: Joseph Cunningham
YardFlex.com Reporter

pakistan-Bob-Woolmer.jpgBooming speculations that Pakistan's World Cup Cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, died from an overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol caused by stress, have intensified. Latest reports have revealed, Jamaican police are following leads that support the speculations.

Bob Woolmer led Pakistan's World Cup cricket team to the Caribbean in early March with optimism, geared at winning the International Cricket Council's (ICC) tournament.

By the second game Pakistan was 'out' of the tournament. The legendary coach was found dead in his room at a hotel in Kingston, Jamaica, with blood gushing from his mouth, less than 24 hours after suffering that shock defeat to 'minnows' Ireland. He was 58 years old.

While the world grieves Woolmer's death, not many seem to identify the pressure that coaching a title contender in a world cup brings. Any international sports event, be it the World Cup of cricket, football or the Olympic Games, are 'high pressure' situations, not just for players, but for coaches as well.

Television pictures at the end of Pakistan's shock defeat by Ireland on Saturday showed a visibly upset Woolmer slamming shut his laptop and stuffing objects into a bag before storming out of the room. Speculations are that he took the defeat 'to heart'.

South Africa team manager Goolam Rajah, with whom Woolmer worked closely for many years, said however, that his colleague generally coped with the stress of the job well.

"Like any coach he was never happy to lose a game," Rajah told reporters. "But he knew how to manage the process of defeat or adversity. Whenever things weren't going well he would be quite composed. He would sit and talk through things. He didn't believe in doing things by half measures, and he was disappointed by the defeat yesterday. But I would have thought that he would have come out of it quite strongly in a few days time, he was that type of man."

Woolmer's wife Gill, sons Dale, 27 and Russell, 24, were told of his death at their home in South Africa on Sunday. Gill said her husband had been depressed over Pakistan's shock defeat by Ireland on Saturday.

"His job coaching there has been incredibly stressful," she said.
The legend has been credited with introducing computer analysis in cricket coaching. He will be buried in South Africa.

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