November 3, 2011

Spot-Fixing: Jail for Pakistan Players

In a significant ruling, former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was sentenced to 2 year and 6 months in prison and fast bowler Mohammad Asif was awarded one-year jail term in a spot-fixing case.

Bookie Mazhar Majeed was sentenced to 32 months in jail and Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir was jailed for 6 months on Thursday for his role in a Test match against England last year.

Judge Jeremy Cooke had convicted three Pak cricketers and their agent in the case and deferred the pronouncement of sentences for Thursday. He said that the Test captain Butt was the main culprit in the scam.

He said that the charges were serious the action of the cricketers have damaged the reputation of the team. On Tuesday, Butt was convicted of conspiracy to cheat and accept illegal money, while Asif was found guilty of cheating.

The Judge announced the sentences at Southwark Crown Court. Amir's sentence was revised.  Justice Cooke was looking sympathetic towards him and pronounced 6 months imprisonment for him.

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