How Kanpur remembers Bob Woolmer and his family

Written by Rao Jaswant Singh |

Updated: March 18, 2020 3:48:48 pm


Bob Woolmer, Bob Woolmer death, Bob Woolmer death anniversary, Bob Woolmer Kanpur, coach Bob Woolmer, Bob Woolmer obituary, cricket obituary, cricket news Bob Woolmer, 58, was discovered lifeless in his lodge room in Kingston, Jamaica, through the 2007 cricket World Cup. (AP Photo)

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, who died yesterday, was born in Kanpur, and the unhappy information has stirred feelings.

From medical doctors of the hospital he was born in — the Georgina McRobert Memorial Hospital — to followers conscious of the coach and his beginning right here, all expressed grief.

Two years in the past Woolmer visited the hospital and sponsored an operation theatre in his identify. “My father told me I was born in front of the world-famous Green Park Stadium,” he had stated then. His father had captained the United Provinces cricket staff, because the Uttar Pradesh staff was then recognized.

Woolmer’s family left India on May 14, 1948.

Woolmer went on to play for England and then made a reputation as one of many freethinking coaches.

Said Dr AS Prasad, a surgeon on the Georgina McRobert Hospital: “Since his father Charles Woolmer was a senior officer at the Royal Exchange Insurance Company in Kanpur, before being transferred to Calcutta, Woolmer and his family had great affection for Kanpur.”

On his go to to the hospital on April 14, 2005, the workers had offered him with his beginning certificates. In trade he had given them staff T-shirts of Pakistan, autographed by all gamers, stated Prasad.

He stated Woolmer had additionally expressed curiosity within the textile mills of Kanpur, in a few of which his father had labored earlier than the family moved on the Calcutta.

Another hospital worker, Kishan Lal, stated Woolmer had spoken of the everlasting impression left in his reminiscence by the Green Park stadium. Little else is understood concerning the Woolmers’ life right here. However, the home the Woolmers lived in is well-known — in Civil Lines. A crimson brick construction that stands out within the midst of the newer bungalows and high-rises, now occupied by squatters.

All that they know of who lived in it as soon as is: “Yahan koi angrez adhikari raha kartey they, unkey jaaney key baad bangla khali pada hai.”

(This story was initially printed on March 19, 2007- a day after Bob Woolmer handed away)

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