I knew the South Asian subcontinent would be in an upheaval, but no cricket Nostradamus could predict the madness that would ensue. Less than 24 hours after Pakistan was eliminated from advancement in the World Cup, its coach, Bob Woolmer, was dead. Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room and rushed to a Jamaican hospital where he later died. Rumors swirled about the mysterious circumstances of his death. Woolmer was diabetic, and his family said the stress of the job might have contributed to a heart attack. But one Pakistani newspaper reported a rumor that the death might have been a suicide. An autopsy will be conducted to attempt to find out exactly what happened.
On another note, Pakistan's bearish captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, announced he would resign his post and step away from one-day international cricket. Fans in Pakistan reacted with angry mobs and chants of death to players and officials. One dejected fan said in a report that, "They should be hanged in public for letting down millions of fans."
The feeling was shared by their neighbors in India as well. Bangladesh's pouncing left India vulnerable, and the nation of 1.3 billion expressed its outrage with the same disdain. Even in my wife's hometown of Ahmedabad, irate fans burned effigies of Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar.
Pakistan's performance was its worst ever, and for a nation in political chaos, cricket was supposed to provide a pleasant distraction. Now, it simply added to the disarray. The exodus also gave the West Indies a clear advantage to advance to the next round. India's hopes still remain, and it responded with vigor, demolishing Bermuda with 413 runs, a World Cup record. But, with the loss to Bangladesh, India now must now face a must-win situation against Sri Lanka.