Monday, March 19, 2007

Bob Woolmer passes away in Jamaica

Jamaica Bob Woolmer Kingston Interview

Robert Andrew Woolmer, (born May 14, 1948, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India - died March 18, 2007, Kingston, Jamaica), more commonly known as Bob Woolmer, was a professional cricket coach known for having coached the South African cricket team and Warwickshire. He was only the second non-Pakistani to coach the Pakistani cricket team, the first being Englishman Richard Pybus (1999-2000).

Bob Woolmer Pakistan cricket coach passes away Jamaica dies
He played English county cricket for Kent, initially as an all-rounder. He graduated to Test cricket with England in 1975 again, at first, as an all-rounder, having taken a hat-trick for MCC against the touring Australian cricket team with his fast-medium bowling. But he was dropped after his first Test, only reappearing in the final match of the series at The Oval where he scored 149, batting at number five, the slowest Test century ever for England against Australia. Further batting success followed over the next two seasons, including two further centuries against Australia, one in the Centenary Test.

But Woolmer's international career stalled after he joined the World Series Cricket break-away group run by Kerry Packer. Though he appeared intermittently in the Test team up to 1981, he never recaptured the form of the mid 1970s.

Woolmer was also a regular in England ODI cricket from 1972 to 1976.

He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1976.

Woolmer was found unconscious in his Hotel room in Kingston, Jamaica on the 18th March 2007 at the Cricket World Cup; he died in The University Hospital, Kingston later that day.

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