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Pakistani trio allowed to return home

— PHOTO: AP

GOING BACK: Mohammad Amir (second from left), Salman Butt (centre) and Mohammad Asif (second from right) snapped at the Heathrow Airport in London on Friday.

LONDON: Three Pakistan cricket players questioned by British police over claims they were involved in a fixing scandal were allowed to return home on Friday, the London legal firm representing them said.

“The Metropolitan Police has been notified that Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will return to Pakistan,” said a statement from Addleshaw Goddard.

Police had questioned Test team captain Butt and bowlers Amir and Asif over claims in the News of The World newspaper that they took money to deliberately bowl no-balls in a Test match against England at Lord's last month.

The players, who have denied wrongdoing, were released without charge after being quizzed at a London police station on September 3.

Despite their return to Pakistan, the lawyers' statement said the cricketers “remain available to co-operate fully with the police investigation and have each given undertakings to return to the UK if required to do so. “The players are looking forward to being reunited with their families,” it said.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police in London confirmed it was aware that the trio was leaving Britain and said the players had promised “through their solicitor to return to assist the Police Service inquiry in due course. — AFP

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