Bob Woolmer passes away
It is an unshakeable guilt I feel as a Pakistan supporter. There is no way to prove this, but he was under some abnormal stress for this to have happened. The prospect of coming to Pakistan and to be attacked must have been too much for a man who was such a gentle soul.
I feel guilt because just hours before, my friends and I had been joking that we would go to the airport to pelt fruit at the Pakistan team. I know that while we were joking, thousands of people weren't.
Despite everything, the one man I never doubted in this entire cricket fiasco was Bob Woolmer. He had the most difficult job in the world but he did it with dignity and humility. Our ex-cricketers villified him in the press and our current cricketers physically fought with him. Our crowds burnt effigies of him and his team consistently embarassed him and let him down. But the man never once said anything about Pakistan or Pakistanis. And I will remember him with the utmost respect and affection.
God bless your soul Bob Woolmer, we were not worthy of your commitment.