Pakistan cricket fraternity mourns Woolmer’s death

Pakistan’s cricket fraternity reacted with disbelief and sadness to the sudden death of coach Bob Woolmer in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday with President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz leading the tribute to former England Test player. Viewed as a villain till Sunday following Pakistan’s shock defeat to minnows Ireland that put them out of the World Cup, Woolmer’s sad death made everyone forget about the past.
The president (who is also the Patron of the PCB) and the prime minister have expressed their heartfelt condolences over the tragic death of Woolmer.
“In their message to his family (in South Africa), they said Woolmer’s services to the game will be long remembered, and that he had promoted the game in Pakistan with dedication and single mindedness.”
Former Test captain and Woolmer’s predecessor Javed Miandad said, “the sadness of the way he passed away will always remain with us.”
“No matter what has happened in the past, I am deeply saddened to hear his death. He was a decent human being,” said Miandad, one of Woolmer’s biggest critics during his tenure as coach from June 2004 to date

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News : Marlon Samuels in trouble : Match Fixing

There is more bad news for the West Indian cricket team, which recently lost its four-match series against India 3-1.

All-rounder Marlon Samuels has been accused of leaking confidential information related to the first one-dayer in Nagpur.
The police say they have a tape in which Samuels can be clearly heard revealing confidential team information in phone conversations with bookie Mukesh Kochar.
The Nagpur police say it isn’t a case of match fixing and that there is no indication of any financial commitment just yet. But it does constitute a violation of the ICC Code of Conduct.
Kochar, incidentally, is said to have links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
“The discussion was giving an indication that the caller who was talking to the all-rounder knows that they will be fielding. He was asking for only the fielding details. This was quite intriguing, and that is how we tried to monitor it,” said Amitesh Kumar, DCP, Nagpur.
Serious matter

The police have submitted a report and the transcripts of the conversations to the BCCI and the ICC.
And though the Indian Board has denied receiving a formal submission, it confirms that the matter will go to the apex body.
“The matter has been taken to the ICC, and the anti-corruption unit of the ICC has already swung into action. It’s been reported to them and they will be investigating the whole issue with the co-operation of the Nagpur police. The whole matter will be accordingly reported to the West Indies Cricket Board also,” said Rajeev Shukla, Vice-President, BCCI.
‘No information’

Meanwhile, in its first official statement so far, when NDTV contacted the West Indies Cricket Board via e-mail, the board said they have not been officially contacted and have no information from the BCCI or the ICC.
The West Indies Board has promised to initiate a complete investigation into the allegations and added that that they have a zero tolerance policy to gambling, drugs and racism.
This position was also incorporated into the players’ contracts.
However, they said that they would not act on rumour or gossip and will not be panicked and that the matter will be investigated and appropriate action taken in keeping with the ICC regulations.

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