Woolmer book 'will contain matchfixing chapter'

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A chapter on matchfixing is to form part of the posthumously-published book by murdered Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

The 58-year-old was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday March 18th. Jamaican police subsequently established that Woolmer had died of "manual strangulation" and a murder investigation is currently underway.

With no signs of a struggle evident, conspiracy theorists have suggested the murder could have been carried out in order to prevent Woolmer from whistle-blowing in his forthcoming book.

Its publishers have previously denied that Woolmer was preparing any such material but are now preparing to include a chapter on matchfixing in the title – despite it not being written by Woolmer himself.

Instead the chapter will form an in-depth statistical analysis of South African one-day internationals played during the 1990s, when corrupt captain Hansie Cronje led the Woolmer-coached team.

Thomas Gilfillan's study could reveal new information about one of cricket's darkest hours, the book's co-writer Tim Noakes believes.

"We would have mentioned matchfixing if Bob and I had thought in the past there was a science about it," Noakes told the Times newspaper.

"Bob was editing the original 600 pages, of which he wrote 80 per cent, a week before he died and the page proofs arrived at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston the day after his death. So they were not the manuscripts said to have been stolen from his room," he added.

Explaining his motivation for the new chapter, Mr Noakes said: "I want to keep Woolmer's name going for the next 100 years."

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