Great loss

Bob Woolmer will be missed by the cricketing fraternity.-AP

I refer to your Cover Story, 'The Grim Hours' (Sportstar, March 24). It is really shocking to know of the death of the Pakistan Coach, Bob Woolmer. In his demise the cricketing world has lost an able coach. May his soul rest in peace. As for India's debacle against Bangladesh, the team's think tank is to blame. It collectively failed to read the pitch. Had we played with five bowlers and six batsmen, and bowled first, we would have easily won the match. But then, there is no point in crying over spilt milk.

Vinay Mahadevan, Bur Dubai (Dubai). A costly lapse

This is with reference to the article on the Premier Hockey League (Sportstar, March 17). In the deciding final, Orissa Steelers got a penalty corner and scored the fourth and final goal against Sher-e-Jalandhar.

The Jalandhar team protested that they were not ready and the decision went to the third umpire. It was very clear that Kanwalpreet Singh & Co. were not ready but still the decision went in favour of the Steelers. It was a bad mistake and because of it Sher-e-Jalandhar lost the PHL.

Amardeep Singh Manak, Visakhapatnam A mistake

The story on the National Games, held in Guwahati, `Against all odds' (Sportstar, February 17) had a mistake.

Bhogeswar Baruah, a great sportsman of Assam who lit the National Games Flame, was referred to as a former football player. In fact, Baruah was an athlete.

He won the gold medal in the 800 metres at the Bangkok Asian Games in 1966.

Baruah, an Arjuna Award winner, was the Chef de Mission of the Assam contingent at the National Games.

Manash Pratim Baruah, Kamrup (Assam)