Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald said that the Cricket World Cup should be called off due to the horrific murder of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, while Michael Vaughan, England captain, insisted the tournament should continue.
With all eyes on the seven-week event in the Caribbean, the cricket world suffered a further shock when it was announced on Thursday that Woolmer had been strangled to death in his hotel room a day after Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup.
"It's a horrific time for world cricket. We all knew what a good bloke Bob was," said Vaughan.
"Whatever goes on the field, this incident is a lot bigger because someone's life has been taken away.
"But I think the World Cup has to go on, the game has to go on."
Speaking on BBC Radio's Five Live, Donald, a close friend of Woolmer's who played under the coach at county and national level, disagreed with the International Cricket Council's decision to continue with the tournament.
"I just don't know how this World Cup can continue under the shadow of what's happened," said Donald.
"World Cup 2007 will be forever remembered for this."
"My personal opinion would have been to stop, but knowing Bob he would have wanted this to go ahead," Donald acknowledged.
"I think everyone will continue this World Cup but, at the back of their minds, know that a tragedy took place."
Responding to Donald's comments, Vaughan said that although his entire squad were stunned by the news, he thought the game had to press on to show cricket in a good light.
"I can understand his emotion and his thoughts there but the best thing for this game is to show it in a great light."
"Our thoughts are with Bob's family. But while there is a murder inquiry going on, and a police investigation, it's very difficult to comment."
England play their final group stage match against Kenya on Saturday, with the winner progressing to the Super Eight Series along with New Zealand from Group C.