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Woolmer case: Pakistan team departs for home

cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2007 12:26 IST

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The nightmarish cricket World Cup campaign was finally over for the Pakistan cricket team as the players boarded their flight back home via London on Saturday.

The team's departure, however, was preceded by some drama with three of the members being questioned again by Jamaica police in their hotel.

Team media manager Pervez Mir said that captain Inzamam-ul Haq, acting coach Mushtaq Ahmed and manager Talat Ali were interviewed by the police "for about 10 minutes".

Mir rejected suggestions that the three questioned for a second time, or any other member of the team, could be linked to coach Bob Woolmer's murder.

"There was nothing extraordinary. The police just wanted to fill in a couple of blanks," Mir said.

"The three of them were asked general questions about their movements, what they were doing and what time did they go to bed on the night before Woolmer died."

The Pakistan team members had already been questioned and finger-printed on Thursday. Besides, the players also submitted DNA samples on Friday.

Inzamam, who announced his retirement from one-day cricket hours after Woolmer's death, downplayed the latest development.

"It was nothing, just one question, nothing special," Inzamam told a television news channel.

"There have been so many rumours but we are going home tonight and everything is clear. The police said we are free to go home," Inzamam said.