That's Just Not Cricket

Murder has rocked the world of white trousers, red balls, and willow bats

For those of you who think that cricket is something the genteel English do on a Saturday afternoon instead of playing a real sport, think again. Bob Woolmer, the British-born coach of the Pakistani international cricket squad, was found unconscious last week in his hotel room and died soon after. Now an autopsy has found he was probably strangled to death, and it may all be tied up with match-fixing.

It all got suspicious when 25-1 outsiders Ireland beat Pakistan in the cricket World Cup in Jamaica on March 17. This wasn't just an upset - it would be like the Wranglers holding the Houston Texans to a shutout. People were quick to talk about gambling rings and the possibility that Pakistan threw the game. It's happened before, with former Pakistan captain Salim Malik being banned for life in 2000 for trying to bribe Australian players to throw matches for the gambling interests.

Put to one side the fact that the game involves a 6-ounce leather-wrapped cork ball being bowled at your head at just under 100 mph. Just remember that cricket is the No. 1 sport in half the English-speaking world, including two nuclear powers - India and Pakistan – and massive wagers are placed right across the Pacific.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Political
Checking All the Connections
Checking All the Connections
Intersections of the inside and outside and queerness...

Julie Gillis, Nov. 10, 2010

Memorial for Jennifer Gale Sunday
Memorial for Jennifer Gale Sunday
Donations should go to organizations for the homeless

Lee Nichols, Dec. 19, 2008

More Crime
UPDATED: Pitonyak Denied New Trial
UPDATED: Pitonyak Denied New Trial
But defense says it has new evidence Hall responsible for Cave murder

Jordan Smith, Oct. 16, 2013

Austin Police: Who Killed Matthew Casey?
Austin Police: Who Killed Matthew Casey?
Looking for suspects in Austin's 23rd murder

Jordan Smith, Sept. 12, 2012

More by Richard Whittaker
Lulu Wang Introduces Us to <i>The Farewell</i>
Lulu Wang Introduces Us to The Farewell
Director talks identity, family, and Awkwafina's superpower

July 19, 2019

Wen Ren’s End-of-the-World Drama <i>Last Sunrise</i> Found Its Spark in China
Wen Ren’s End-of-the-World Drama Last Sunrise Found Its Spark in China
Light in the dark

July 19, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Political, Crime, Cricket, Bob Woolmer, Murder, Pakistan

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle