Three accused Pakistan cricketers return home

Three Pakistan cricketers being investigated by English police in a gambling probe have returned home on Saturday morning ,Aaj news reported

Tens of people including fans of cricketers thronged Lahore airport at the time of their arrival to receive players amid pro and anti-slogans,Aaj news reported.

Team captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were charged with anti-corruption violations by the International Cricket Council earlier this month and suspended. The players have denied the charges, and a U.K. police investigation is continuing.

“The players are looking forward to being reunited with their families,” according to a statement from their London attorneys, Addleshaw Goddard. “They remain available to co- operate fully with the police investigation and have each given undertakings to return to the U.K. if required to do so.”

The News of the World linked the players in an Aug. 29 report with a scheme to rig incidents during the fourth Test match against England at Lords in London last month.