Go to hell, cricketers told

KARACHI - Angry fans told Pakistani cricketers to "go to hell" as they returned home yesterday, still reeling from the murder of coach Bob Woolmer and their humiliating World Cup exit.

KARACHI - Angry fans told Pakistani cricketers to "go to hell" as they returned home yesterday, still reeling from the murder of coach Bob Woolmer and their humiliating World Cup exit.

All-rounder Shahid Afridi, spinner Danish Kaneria, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and paceman Mohammad Sami were heckled by a crowd of around 100 people after they touched down at Karachi international airport.

"Why have you come back?" one fan shouted as the players were protected by dozens of uniformed police, while another supporter bellowed "go to hell" at Afridi.

When Kaneria tried to leave the arrivals lounge the crowd shouted "shame on you" and he went back inside, before asking for police protection to help him leave, witnesses said. Speaking briefly to the media before being driven away, Afridi said that all the Pakistani players were feeling "disturbed" after the events of the past two weeks.

Pakistan were dumped out of the World Cup by minnows Ireland on March 18. A day later Woolmer's strangled body was found in his room on the 12th floor of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

Asked about the inquiry into Woolmer's murder, Afridi said: "The police did ask us a few questions but these were normal inquiries." - Sapa-AFP

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