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3 cricketers accused in fixing scandal arrive home

3 cricketers accused in fixing scandal arrive home

The three Pakistan cricketers accused of being involved in a spot fixing scandal avoided the media and fans as they returned from England on Saturday.
Senior police official Tariq Sukhera said test captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif left the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore via a back door.
Dozens of cricket fans were at the airport to see the suspended cricketers. Some were there to show support, while others vented their anger at the players by waving shoes in the air.
The supporters of Butt also carried a banner "Long live Salman Butt, down with British media". A small group of Butt's critics chanted "Down with Salman Butt."
The trio returned to Pakistan after giving an undertaking to British police that they would return to England when requested to cooperate with the investigation.
Wajid Hasan, Pakistan's High Commissioner in London, had expected the players to be made welcome when they returned home.
The ICC has charged the players, suspended them and given them 14 days to respond to the allegations. The deadline for that is next Thursday.
In a tabloid sting, British newspaper News of the World accused the three cricketers of being paid by businessman Mazhar Majeed to deliberately bowl three no-balls during the fourth and final test match against England at Lord's last month.
The players have denied involvement in meetings with the Pakistan Cricket Board.


Updated : 2021-08-01 20:04 GMT+08:00