The death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer has cast a cloud over the World Cup finals and in particular here in Jamaica.

It was in the Ireland team hotel that they are sharing with the three other teams in Group D, including the Pakistanis their victims in Saturday's momentous match at Sabina Park, that Woolmer was found. He was taken to hospital but died without regaining consciousness.

Although the Ireland team were not in the hotel - they spent the night and much of yesterday celebrating their sensational St Patrick's Day victory with the supporters on the coast in Ocho Rios - they will be affected by the news.

A popular Englishman, he knew many of the Ireland players personally having come in contact with them when he was the ICC High Performance Manager and, as a result, he was a great supporter of Associates cricket.

In what would be his last Press conference, he offered no excuses for Pakistan's three wickets defeat, rather he praised their opponents.

'We haven't played as well as we should done. But a lot of credit must go to Ireland and the High Performance Programme. We deserve to take stick but these things happen. It is a game of cricket. We're sorry we performed like that but well done Ireland and good luck to them in the rest of the tournament.'

As the group stands, Ireland are top of the table and set to take Pakistan's place in the Super Eights but they can be overtaken by Zimbabwe, on run rate, if Ireland lost to the West Indies on Friday and the Africans win one of their remaining two games, against West Indies today or the scheduled clash with Pakistan on Wednesday.