He was a very focussed man with a great love for the game, but what shone through was the great love he had for players under his charge, everyone meant something to him. Brian Lara, who was playing under Woolmer at Warwickshire when he scored his World record 501 not out.

He was a thorough gentleman who instilled team spirit in the team. He was a very popular personality in our cricket team. PCB chairman Naseem Ashraf.

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I am really shocked and I offer my deepest condolences to his family. It's very, very unfortunate. Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

I think he's been a person who has certainly been outspoken on key issues, absolutely well-regarded by everybody, and from a coaching perspective, I think he's left a huge legacy that we can all follow. For all of us involved in cricket, it's a very, very sad day. Australia coach John Buchanan.

During the period that he was our coach between 1994 to 1999 he was unquestionably the outstanding coach in world cricket. Dr. Ali Bacher, former chief executive of the United Cricket Board of South Africa.

Bob was an extremely professional man, was an extremely soft person, gave his life to cricket and probably paid for it. Allan Donald.

From an ICC perspective, we owe Bob a huge debt of thanks as he played a pivotal role in the development of cricket. ICC president Percy Sonn.

My prayers and thoughts are with Gill and the boys. Bob was a friend and a fantastic coach who had a huge impact on my career. He still had so much to offer the world of cricket. Shaun Pollock.

I am very sad. It's a very big tragedy and I am completely in a shock. Before leaving for the West Indies, we met each other, we both hugged each other and we shared lots of thoughts. Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.

It's so hard to know that only five days ago you're in a swimming pool with him and now he's passed away. Michael Vaughan.

It's sad that such a tragedy should take place in the World Cup. I feel sad for his family. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd. AP

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