Pakistan cricket in turmoil after death of coach

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob
Woolmer is being treated as "suspicious" by Jamaican police.

During a late-night news conference at the team's hotel Tuesday
night, deputy police commissioner Mark Shields read a statement
which said, "Having met with the pathologist, other medical
personnel and investigators there is now sufficient information to
continue a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding
the death of Mr. Woolmer, which we are now treating as

Asked if Jamaica police were pursuing a murder investigation,
Shield said: "No, we are not saying that."

The news conference in Jamaica was called after reports emerged
in Pakistan's print and electronic media of a murder plot.

The 58-year-old Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room Sunday,
hours after Pakistan was upset by Ireland and eliminated from
advancing at the Cricket World Cup.

Earlier Tuesday, government officials had said a preliminary
autopsy on Woolmer was inconclusive.

"We have already informed the Woolmer family of this
development and we are also in close contact with the Pakistan team
management, Cricket World Cup and ICC to ensure all parties are
kept informed of the ongoing investigation," Shields read from the

"The fact of the matter is that Pakistan's cricket is at the

-- Wasim Bari, a former Pakistan wicketkeeper

The news only added to the turmoil surrounding the Pakistan

Earlier Tuesday, Pakistan Cricket Board head Naseem Ashraf and
the organization's three-member selection committee resigned over
the losses to the West Indies and Ireland and its humiliating
elimination from the World Cup.

The resignations were submitted to the country's president,
General Pervez Musharraf -- the patron of the Pakistan board.

"Ashraf faxed his resignation last night and it's now up to the
patron whether he accepts it or not," board spokesman Ahsan Malik

Pakistan's cricket program has been reeling since Saturday's

"The fact of the matter is that Pakistan's cricket is at the
crossroads," said chief selector Wasim Bari, a former wicketkeeper
for Pakistan.

Former Pakistan bowlers Iqbal Qasim and Ehteshamuddin were the
other members of the selection committee who also tendered their

"We had decided soon after the debacle against Ireland that we
are going to resign," Bari said. "After talking with Ashraf last
night, we had submitted our resignations to the PCB."

Meanwhile, the Pakistani players dedicated themselves to winning
their final match for Woolmer.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, who announced his resignation as captain and
retirement from one-day cricket following Woolmer's death, said the
team owed Woolmer a victory.

"We'll do our best for Bob, but whatever we do, it won't be
enough," the 37-year-old batsman said. "He was a good man.
Whenever any of the boys had a problem, he'd sit with them, and we
were very attached to him.

"He was a very good coach and human being. Because of this, he
had a lot of respect from the team. He was brave and knew how to
handle the situation when everybody was feeling down. He will be
well remembered."