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Last Updated: Friday, 23 March 2007, 15:10 GMT
Vaughan supports ICC Cup decision
M Vaughan
It is a horrific time for world cricket. We all know what a good bloke Bob was

Michael Vaughan

England captain Michael Vaughan says the International Cricket Council is right to continue with the World Cup despite the murder of Bob Woolmer.

Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald said earlier he believed the tournament should be called off.

But Vaughan agreed with the official decision of the game's governing body.

He said: "We are all in complete shock. Our thoughts are with Bob's family. The World Cup must go on. This great game has to be seen in a great light."

England play Kenya on Saturday in a game they must win to secure their passage through to the Super 8 stage of the World Cup.

But on a day when the media would normally have asked Vaughan questions about the match ahead, the England captain was asked a number of questions about the shocking events in Jamaica.

It was confirmed late on Thursday that Pakistan coach Woolmer had been strangled to death after his team had lost to Ireland last Saturday.


"It is a horrific time for world cricket. We all know what a good bloke Bob was," said Vaughan.

"Whatever goes on on the field, this incident is a lot bigger because someone's life has been taken away."

England's campaign has been undermined by a late night drinking scandal but Vaughan said the news about Woolmer put all that into perspective.

"It's chalk and cheese. This is totally new territory. This is something I don't think any player has had to deal with in the history of the game," he added.

Vaughan, whose side face Kenya on Saturday in their final Group C game with the winner going through to the Super Eight, said he was happy with security around his team.

"We've always been delighted with security we've had around our team. We don't feel in any threat at all. We understand with incidents like this security will be upped," he said.

Timeline: Bob Woolmer murder
23 Mar 07 |  South Asia
World press mulls Woolmer murder
23 Mar 07 |  South Asia
Police hunt for Woolmer killers
23 Mar 07 |  Americas
Call off World Cup, says Donald
23 Mar 07 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup will continue
23 Mar 07 |  Cricket
BBC World Cup coverage
21 Feb 07 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2007 schedule
20 Jul 05 |  Cricket


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