Pakistan cricketers calm about homecoming

Pakistan’s players have no reasons to fear a return home, according to team spokesman Pervez Mir.

Pakistan’s players have no reasons to fear a return home, according to team spokesman Pervez Mir.

The squad finally left their Heathrow hotel, which has been their base for the last couple of days since their return from the World Cup in the Caribbean, to make the journey back to Pakistan.

Since their surprise exit from the tournament and the even more shocking murder of coach Bob Woolmer in his Jamaican hotel room, emotions have been running high in Pakistan.

However, Mir said the players had nothing to fear when they touch down in their homeland.

“Pakistan are a very proud nation, they respect their players but tempers do sometimes flare,” he said.

“People are disappointed and there are always certain people who are a bit over the top but I’m sure the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board] have made all the necessary arrangements for the players and there is no reason for concern, especially when you go back to your own country.

“When you go home, you are never nervous but, of course, there is that disappointment. But let’s look forward to the future and future victory. I’ve always said we don’t have a copyright on winning games.”

Mir also dismissed suggestions any Pakistan players were suspects in the Woolmer murder inquiry.

“I would say that the Pakistani team was never a suspect. We had nothing to do with it,” he added.

“We were part of the same inquiry as everybody else so of course we were questioned.”

He said it was “absolutely absurd” to say Woolmer had argued with members of the team, including captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, before his death.

“There were a lot of rumours that I had rowed with Inzamam and that was a joke,” Mir added.

“But at least I was here, thank God, to answer those questions. Mr Woolmer is not here,.

“He was a very good man, a good coach and a father figure. Let’s remember him for all those things rather than tarnish his memory.”

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