Ireland's sensational defeat of Pakistan at the World Cup claimed its second casualty overnight with the resignation of captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Following the sudden death of coach Bob Woolmer yesterday, the media in Jamaica were called to a Press conference expecting to hear more details but, instead, were stunned to learn the Pakistan's captain for the last three years had chosen the same day to announce he was retiring from one-day cricket.

As effigies burned in all the country's major cities and players' houses were stoned, Inzamam said it had nothing to do with that but his mind had been made up by Pakistan's exit from the World Cup. Speaking through a translator, Inzi agreed it looked like bad timing, but he also had strong emotional ties with the coach, but life must go on. Wednesday's game against Zimbabwe would be in Bob Woolmer's memory, he added.

'After the match, I had a chat with Bob and we said we would talk tomorrow. Tomorrow was not to come.'

In front of his team-mates, who occupied 14 of the seats in the packed Press conference in the team hotel, where Woolmer had been found just seven hours earlier, Inzamam issued a public apology for the team's performance against Ireland.

'I wish to apologise to the fans and people of Pakistan. We have let you down but we gave it our best shot but the result didn't come out the way we wanted,' he said. Inzamam confirmed he would continue to play Test cricket and also seemed to suggest he would play his last ODI at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

'My commitment is for the World Cup and I will continue to be with the team,' he said. Meanwhile, the Ireland players returned to the hotel last night after an overnight stay with the fans in Ocho Rios, celebrating their famous St Patrick's Day win.

They had heard the shock news of Woolmer's death and their first reaction was that Pakistan's final game against Zimbabwe would be in doubt, possibly throwing the group and Ireland's place in the Super Eights in doubt.

The news that the game will go ahead on Wednesday means that Ireland will know exactly what they have to do in the final group game against West Indies on Friday to confirm their place in the second phase of the tournament.

If Zimbabwe lose to West Indies today and again on Wednesday then Ireland will definitely be through and Friday's match will decide who carries forward the two points into the next stage from Group D.