Speculation ends

The disclosure by the Jamaican police that Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes and was not murdered has turned out to be an anti-climax for cricket fans all over the world. Wife Gill Woolmer's statement "we're relieved ... it's now over" shows how distressed and helpless she has felt since March 18. The Pakistani team is right in feeling outraged. The Jamaican police ought to apologise to its players as demanded by them.

A. Jainulabdeen,

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The disclosure has ended prolonged speculation. No doubt, the investigation damaged the credibility of the Pakistan cricket team. The over-enthusiasm of the Jamaican police and the Pakistani media resulted in undue publicity for the issue and spawned many rumours.

Cricket, though not popular in all parts of the world, generates tremendous interest in the countries where it is played. Anything related to the game is tailored to generate profits. Stories of match fixing threaten nations. One hopes countries will strive to create a healthy environment for the game.

D. Kishan Prasad Rao,

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Woolmer's case proves that even professional investigating agencies can make a mess of a simple natural death and convert it into a spine-chilling thriller. It is certainly a case of much ado about nothing that caused a lot of anxiety, strain, and inconvenience to many who have nothing to do with his death.

J. Eden Alexander,
West Boylston, Massachusetts

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