Was Bob Woolmer the victim of a mafia hit? March 21, 2007Posted by monish in Bob Woolmer, cricket, Cricket conspiracy, Cricket World Cup, General, Hansie Cronje, Mafia Hit, Pakistan Ireland, Pakistan Vs Ireland, Woolmer death, World Cup 2007.
So my last post on Bob Woolmer’s mysterious death seems to have attracted quite a bit of attention. Well, search engine attention anyways, with about 250 hits in three days. Thats like more than this blog has received in its history. I figured, let me be the hit whore that I am and fan the flames of this mystery some more and see where we get. So ladies and gentlemen, watch as I pull out another (not) completely baseless theory on the mysterious death of Bob Woolmer, way outta my a**. In this entry I ask, Was Bob Woolmer the victim of a mafia hit? God, I am such an awful person!
Anyways, so it turns out that Bob Woolmer was writing two books when he died. No, no, ..he wasn’t actually writing them at the time he passed away! He was close to completing the books, one of which was to be a coaching manual and the other was supposedly on the topic of match-fixing. Thats right folks. Bob Woolmer had dared to go where no coach of the Pakistan cricket team should ever go in a bazillion years. He apparently met with the police commissioner of Delhi a couple of years ago when Pakistan toured India, to talk about the match-fixing case and we can all rest assured that Paul delivered all the juicy details that Bob was looking for!
There’s a been a conspiracy theory for a while now that Hansie Cronje, the match fixing king, was the victim of a mafia hit. His plane crashed crashed (mysteriously?) in South Africa back in 2003, killing Cronje. Now Bob Woolmer was the coach of the very awesome South African cricket team from the mid-90’s, the period which saw the acsendancy of Hansie Cronje’s captaincy. It also probably saw the ascendancy of Cronje’s match fixing tactics so I guess its safe to say that Woolmer must have been witness to Cronje’s deeds, both in good times and at the worst of times. Being privy to an association with cricket’s biggest all time cheat must make wonderful material for a book. I’d buy that for a dollar. What it also does is make you a target for a mafia hit yourself, especially if you try to dig into matters probably best left untouched, like the match fixing case in bookie haven (India). Now, I don’t claim to have expert knowledge on how the mafia works, but based on how the Springfield Mafia on the Simpsons work, we can all tell that you …Don’t screw with Fat Tony….or else he’ll have Legs and Louie come after you. And Noo you don’t want that!
So, to sum things up. Woolmer was the coach of a cricket team during cricket’s ugliest era, closely associated with the biggest match fixer of all time, Hansie Cronje. Woolmer goes onto coach the Pakistan cricket team. A team that has been notorious for fixing matches through the 90’s and even through the ’00’s, and delivering shocking losses. This very team delivers another “shock” loss, this time against Ireland. The man who found himself, most likely, an unwilling witness to shocking deals of match fixing, both during his time as coach of South Africa and Pakistan, decides to write a book on what he’s seen and heard, finds himself murdered the day after his team suffers a shock defeat to Ireland.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the cricket loving world, I rest my case.