The game of cricket was founded around 150 years ago and since then it has been regarded as the gentlemen’s game. Over the years, the sport has witnessed a plethora of modifications and is now widely followed all over the world.
Despite the fact that cricket has no relation with the world of crime, homicide, and assassinations, yet there have been a few odd instances when the game got associated with some serious crime.
Here we will highlight 5 such incidents where a cricketer was murdered under apprehensive circumstances.
1. Louis Vorster
Louis Vorster was a South African born cricketer. However, he moved to Namibia in order to continue his passion of playing cricket. He was a left-handed batsman and a right-arm offspinner. He played 95 first-class matches and 96 List A games and the last one of them was played in October 2009. He was shot dead during an armed robbery in Gauteng. He was 45 at the time of his death.
Rahatullah was a right-arm fast bowler who played for Pakistan’s Under-19 team. He was killed by unknown assaulters in Peshawar when he was on way to join the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) squad for a domestic tournament. According to a reports of Urdu daily Jang, Rahatullah’s body was found two days after he had left his house for the tournament. He was just 18 years old when he was murdered.
3. Noman Habib
Noman Habib was a first class Pakistani cricketer, who suffered an unfortunate death. He played for Khan Research Labs, Peshawar Cricket Association, and Peshawar Panthers. Habib featured in 63 First-class matches, 30 List A games, and 3 Twenty20 matches. He had taken as many as 221 first-class wickets at an average of 26.22, with nine 5-wicket hauls; he took ten wickets in a match 3 times. He was found dead on 11 October 2011. Habib was just 32-years-old when he passed away.
4. Kuntal Chandra
Kuntal Chandra was a right-handed wicket-keeper batsman. After playing for Bangladesh Under-19s in 2000, he made his debut for Chittagong Division in 2004-2005 against Rajshahi Division. He also featured in two List A One-Day matches in 2005.
Chandra was found dead on the outskirts of Dhaka, on 3 December 2012. Astonishingly the cops came found him blindfolded, with pieces of cloth shoved in his mouth.
5. Bob Woolmer
Former English cricketer Bob Woolmer was Pakistan team’s coach when he was murdered in his hotel room in Kingston, Jamaica during the 2007 World Cup. According to the reports of Prima Facie, Woolmer may have been suppressed but the investigations returned an open verdict, ruling out neither strangulation nor death by natural causes. His death under shadowy circumstances is still an unsolved mystery in the world of cricket.