March 23, 2007 / 2:48 PM / 13 years ago

World Cup must go on, says Vaughan

England's captain Michael Vaughan speaks during a Cricket World Cup news conference in Rodney Bay, March 23, 2007. REUTERS/Darren Staples

RODNEY BAY, St Lucia (Reuters) - England captain Michael Vaughan said on Friday the World Cup must continue despite the murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.

Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald said earlier he believed the tournament should be called off after Jamaica police confirmed on Thursday that Woolmer had been strangled on Sunday, a day after Pakistan’s surprise defeat by Ireland.

Vaughan said he agreed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to go ahead with the tournament.

“We are all in complete shock,” Vaughan told reporters. “Our thoughts are with Bob’s family. It is a horrific time for world cricket. We all know what a good bloke Bob was.

“Whatever goes on on the field, this incident is a lot bigger because someone’s life has been taken away. But the World Cup must go on. This great game has to be seen in a great light.”

England’s tournament has been upset 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.

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