World Cup becomes irrelevent
Since last weekend after Ireland beat Pakistan in the cricket world cup I made a conscious decision to take more interest in the competition entrusting the good old BBC
for news and stories and The Times
for their world cup podcast
, and now I am absolutely glued to it. Not the cricket unfortunately because that forlornly has become a support act to the Bob Woolmer murder
My ultra suspicious mind always finds it strange that people are just found dead in hotel rooms, it is an unusual event, people as fit and as young as Woolmer just don't drop dead for no reason at all but the thought that someone who probably knew the Pakistan coach strangled him to death is completely incomprehensible. I mean dying of a sudden heart-attack is one thing, but strangled to death at a world cup, it's something you only read about in murder mysteries.
Talk, and this only from stuff I read because it is a non-event here, is that he had planned to step down as Pakistan coach after the tournament and blow the whole cover on the murky world of match-fixing, said to be rife in India and Paksitan, in a book he was planning to write. It also appears unfathomable that a disgruntled fan would kill the coach following their dismal defeat to Ireland. I mean, a Colombian defender was shot dead after scoring an own goal at the 1994 world cup, but excuse me this is cricket.
What is certain is that this cricket world cup will always be remembered for the murder of Bob Woolmer and not the event, unfortunately it has become wholly irrelevant. Sadly too, his tragic murder may also have killed the innocence of the game of cricket.