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Monday, March 19, 2007

Bob Woolmer's sad demise

It was shocking and very distressing to read about the Pakistan’s (now late) coach Bob Woolmer’s demise in the papers. Furthermore depressing is the fact that it seems to have been a direct consequence of the ‘stress’ caused by (the reaction to) Pakistan’s loss to Ireland a day before. Poor Woolmer. One can only imagine the hours of hardwork he had put in to do something good to Pakistan cricket. And how do the 'fans’ respond to one loss? By asking for his arrest. By displaying placards that apparently shouted out the words “Death to Woolmer!”.  And this was not even the first time

We know how capable Woolmer is as a coach. He was once attributed the glory of having taken the South Africans to unforeseen heights as their coach. And yet all the blame is put on him for his team having lost one game.

'Stress' doesn't actually describe the emotions he would have felt. 'Agony' and 'Torture' would be more like it. It is we who have lost a great servant of the game. It is our loss and nobody else's. And it is only the over-reactive fans (and the media that hype up the game) that are to be blamed and nobody else. It is only incidents such as these that bring us down to the ground realities. Cricket is no religion. It is just a sport. And a sport cannot be beyond life. It can never be beyond a man's emotions. My heart goes out to Woolmer and such other people who recieve no gratitude by the self-centered common man for the service they render. RIP Robert Andrew Woolmer.

Update: The murder angle

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

BOB WAS MURDERED .... THE PAKISTAN CAPTAIN AND CO CAPTAIN TRIED TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM THEMSELFS..


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Ananth said...

oh no...mr.anon. i dont think thats true at all...