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Pakistan cricketers heading home
Vice captain Younis Khan at Karachi airport
Vice captain Younis Khan was heckled at Karachi airport
A number of Pakistan's cricket players are expected to return to the country after the murder of coach Bob Woolmer and shock World Cup exit.

At least two players, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, have already landed in the southern port city of Karachi.

All the Pakistan team members were questioned by Jamaican police in connection with the murder of Woolmer.

Woolmer was found strangled in his hotel room after Pakistan's surprise World Cup loss to Ireland on 17 March.

Mounting troubles

Pakistan team members stopped over in London en route for home after leaving the West Indies at the weekend.

"Some players will come to Karachi, while some will reach Lahore," a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman told the Associated Press (AP) news agency.

Angry fans greeted vice-captain Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in Karachi as they walked out of the arrivals terminal late on Monday, AP reports.

Bob Woolmer
The team are said to be 'traumatised' by Woolmer's murder

While Mohammad Yusuf was able to get away, Khan was involved in an altercation with slogan-chanting fans.

"Bring a donkey for him and ask him to sit on it and roam around the city," AP quoted one irate fan as shouting at the airport.

Pakistan's troubles began with the early exit from the tournament at the hands of minnows Ireland. A day later came the shock of Woolmer's death.

The former England Test cricketer was found unconscious in his room and died on the way to hospital.

Police later confirmed that he had been murdered. Their investigation is continuing.

'Traumatised'

There has been speculation that the murder is connected to match-fixing allegations which have haunted cricket for the past decade.

Several Pakistan players were fined and banned from the game after being found guilty of match-fixing by a judicial commission in the late 1990s.

Pakistan cricket team at London's Heathrow airport
The Pakistan team stopped over in London

Woolmer was coach of South Africa's cricket team when four of its players were also fined and banned for similar activities.

One of them, Hansie Cronje, then captain of South Africa and Woolmer's close friend, was banned for life and later died in a plane crash.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has urged the international media to take a softer line on the Pakistan team.

"Our players are already traumatised and they have lost somebody who was very close to them, who was very dear to them," a foreign ministry spokesperson told AP.

The Pakistan team was allowed to leave Jamaica after being questioned. So far no suspects have been named by the police.




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