Bob Woolmer: Born in India, played for England, lived in South Africa, coached Pakistan and died tragically in Jamaica

On left we see Bob Woolmer at the age of 24 as a Kent cricketer in May 1972. He started initially as an all-rounder and made his Test debut against Australia in 1975.

Woolmer was born in Kanpur, India and his father Clarence was also a cricketer and played for United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh in India) in the Ranji Trophy. Woolmer, as a 10-year-old kid witnessed Hanif Mohammed score 499, and 35-years later saw Brian Lara surpassing that.

Woolmer was a successful First-Class cricketer but couldn’t translate his performances at the Test level. He played only 19 Tests and six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for England, but later made big as a cricket coach.

Woolmer, who had begun coaching in South Africa at the age of 22, later was appointed the coach of South Africa in 1994. South Africa benefitted from having him and went on to win most of their matches. He and South African skipper Hansie Cronje formed a formidable partnership.

On right, we see Woolmer, 58, with the Pakistan side during a practice session in Jamaica in the World Cup 2007. Woolmer looked quite different from when he started his career and as we can see he had gained considerable amount of weight.

Pakistan’s World Cup campaign received a jolt after they lost to Ireland and hours later, he was found dead in his hotel room. Initially it was reported that he died of a heart attack but later on it was confirmed that he was murdered.