Asif, Amir, Butt to return home without charges

Updated: 10 September 2010 08:19 IST

The three suspended Pakistan cricketers questioned by police over fixing allegations will fly home on Friday.

Asif, Amir, Butt to return home without charges

London:

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 on 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.

Topics : Cricket
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