Cricket World Cup: Pakistan want win over Irish as Woolmer tribute

Ireland bowler Boyd Rankin celebrates after dismissing Pakistan's Younis Khan during the 2007 World Cup match in Jamaica
Younis Khan was part of the Pakistan team shocked by Ireland at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan says victory over Ireland in Sunday's must-win World Cup game would be a tribute to the team's late coach Bob Woolmer.

Woolmer died suddenly in March 2007 in Jamaica a day after his Pakistan team's shock World Cup defeat by Ireland.

An inquest later returned an open verdict after it was unable to determine what caused Woolmer's death.

"There would be nothing better to dedicate to Bob," said Younis, who played in the 2007 game in Jamaica.

"Bob contributed a lot to Pakistan cricket and I would love to see us win against Ireland with a big performance from me."

Woolmer, 58, died after being found unconscious in his hotel room in Jamaica on 18 March 2007, a day after his team's early World Cup exit.

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Days after the discovery of Woolmer's body, Jamaica's deputy police commissioner Mark Shields announced that they were treating the death as murder.

However three months later, Jamaican police said that they accepted three pathologists's reports that Woolmer had died of natural causes.

The later inquest in Jamaica was unable to determine what caused the Pakistan coach's death.

Despite the tragic turn of events from eight years ago, experienced batsman Younis played down any revenge aspect to Sunday's crucial Pool B game where the loser will be in severe danger of exiting from the World Cup.

"There is no element of us trying to avenge the 2007 defeat," added the 37-year-old batsman ahead of Sunday's game in Adelaide.

"Ireland are a side capable of causing an upset. So we are going to take this match very seriously."

Pakistan will go into the game buoyed by their surprise victory over South Africa which reignited their campaign after the earlier heavy defeats by India and the West Indies.

"The win over South Africa has given us a big boost and we are hopeful now that we have the capability of playing in the semi-final and final," Younis said.

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