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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 08:13 GMT 09:13 UK
Woolmer case is closed - Pakistan
Bob Woolmer
Woolmer's death rocked the Pakistan team
Pakistan's cricket chief says it is time for the national team to move on after it was revealed that coach Bob Woolmer was not murdered.

Jamaican police announced on Tuesday that Woolmer died of natural causes.

Ex-skipper Imran Khan and Test batsman Mohammad Yousuf have said the Pakistan Cricket Board should sue over the way the investigation was handled.

But chairman Nasim Ashraf said: "The chapter of Woolmer's death is closed and we feel it's time to move on."

Ashraf, who resigned after Pakistan's World Cup exit but was asked to stay on by President Pervez Musharraf, appeared to rule out taking any legal action.

"I have given you Pakistan's stance and I don't want to comment on what individuals say," he said.

In a statement on Tuesday the PCB expressed "great satisfaction over the fact that the truth has finally come out" after months of speculation over Woolmer's death, which occurred following Pakistan's shock World Cup defeat by Ireland in Kingston.

It added: "The PCB showed utmost patience throughout the investigations and provided all help needed to complete the procedure with only one objective in mind - bringing the truth to light.

"We fully respect the final verdict issued by the Jamaican Police.

"The board understands that during the past three months of investigations, certain irresponsible and hypothetical statements were made, not just in Jamaica but on the international scene as well.

"This was very traumatic not only to the Woolmer family but also to the entire Pakistan nation."

Jamaican police defended their handling of the case, which appeared at first to cast suspicion on members of the Pakistan team by delaying their departure after the final World Cup game against Zimbabwe.

"This was an extraordinary case," said deputy commissioner Mark Shields.

"Murder investigations are not like TV series, where everything is wrapped up in 45 minutes. All we could do was conduct a thorough investigation and not rush."



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