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3 Pakistan cricketers heading home amid scandal

 Pakistan cricket player Mohammad Asif leaves a police station in London, Friday Sept. 3, 2010. International Cricket council chief executive Haroon L...
 Pakistan cricket player Salman Butt leaves a police station in London, Friday Sept. 3, 2010. International Cricket council chief executive Haroon Lor...

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Pakistan cricket player Mohammad Asif leaves a police station in London, Friday Sept. 3, 2010. International Cricket council chief executive Haroon L...

Britain Pakistan Cricket

Pakistan cricket player Salman Butt leaves a police station in London, Friday Sept. 3, 2010. International Cricket council chief executive Haroon Lor...

The three suspended Pakistan cricketers questioned by police over fixing allegations will fly home on Friday.
Test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have promised to return to England when requested to assist with the investigation, London Metropolitan Police said Friday.
The three were questioned by police last week and released without criminal charge, but remain suspended by the International Cricket Council on corruption charges.
"The players are looking forward to being reunited with their families," the law firm representing the players said in a statement. "They remain available to cooperate fully with the police investigation and have each given undertakings to return to the U.K. if required to do so."
The statement denied newspaper reports that Asif will seek asylum to remain in Britain.
A fourth player, Wahab Riaz, is to be questioned by police next week.
The players are at the center of a fixing scandal that erupted two weeks ago when a British tabloid alleged that they accepted money to bowl deliberate no-balls at predetermined points during the fourth test against England at Lord's.
The so-called spot-fixing scam allows gamblers to bet on a sure thing.
Butt, Asif and Amir asked to be left out of Pakistan's remaining tour matches against England but were still suspended by the ICC.
Pakistan has since lost two Twenty20 matches and plays the first of five on-day internationals against England on Friday. Its tour ends Sept. 22 with a day-night match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The England and Wales Cricket Board lobbied hard behind the scenes to ensure the players were suspended, saving the rest of the tour from being tarnished by their involvement.
Riaz remains in the squad, as does wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who is being investigated by the ICC for a separate matter.
England captain Andrew Strauss sat out the Twenty20s but will return for the one-day internationals.
He has acknowledged the damage done to the image of cricket by the fixing allegations against Pakistan, but believes that the sport is generally free of corruption.
"These allegations do hurt the game," Strauss said. "Every one of them that comes to light hurts the game. Cricket is strong enough to overcome them, but while they are out there it is a good opportunity to make sure that this doesn't happen again.
"If I can allay fears, there is no chance in my mind that these games coming up won't be played in that spirit."
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Associated Press Writer Richard Sydenham in Chester-Le-Street, England, contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-07-24 22:07 GMT+08:00