From cricket uniform to jail uniform

The three suspended Pakistani cricketers found guilty of corruption were sentenced to prison by a crown court judge in London on Thursday.

Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were jailed for 30 months and one year respectively. Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two team mates, was sentenced to six months in a case that prosecutors said had revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket. . 

Justice Jeremy Cooke said Butt got a harsher sentence than the other two players because he was “responsible for corrupting Amir”.

“These offences, regardless of pleas, are so serious that only a sentence of imprisonment will suffice,” Judge Jeremy Cooke told the four at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

The players’ agent, Mazhar Majeed was also sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Former captain Butt, 27, and opening bowlers Asif, 28, and Mohammad Amir, who had admitted his part in the scam before the trial started, plotted to bowl deliberate no-balls at pre-arranged times during the Lord’s test in August last year.

During the three-week trial in London, the jury heard how an undercover reporter recorded sports agent Mazhar Majeed, 36, boasting he could arrange for Pakistan players to rig games for money and how huge sums could be made for gambling syndicates. Earlier on Wednesday, Amir made an impassioned apology for his involvement in the cricket spot-fixing scandal, saying his own stupidity had brought him down.

Cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty on Tuesday of taking bribes to fix part of a test match against England in a case that prosecutors said revealed rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket.

e judge offered sympathetic words for teenager Amir and has jailed him for six months. Amir is to serve his time at the Young Offenders Institution.

The players have also been ordered to pay compensation towards the cost of the prosecution: Butt 30,937 pounds, Asif 8,120 pounds and Amir 9389 pounds.

The players have been asked to collect their bags and led to holding cells.

former captin imran khan said that he always felt sorry for amir. Another former captain Ramiz Raja said he has no sympathy for the players.

Relatives wept and professed the innocence of their loved ones on Thursday as a London court jailed three Pakistani cricketers for fixing parts of a Test match against England.

“My son is innocent and he did the no ball at the asking of the captain,” said Nasim Akhtar, the mother of Mohammad Amir, tears rolling down her cheeks at her home in the village of Changa Bangial outside the Pakistani capital.

“I spoke to him two days ago and he asked me to pray for his acquittal… I’m ill after this case, suffering from several diseases and I may not be here (when he gets out),” she added.

salman butt sisters spoke to reporters to defend their brother and claimed he had been made a scapegoat for a wider conspiracy.

“The punishment is unfair, it is shocking. Our brother is innocent,” said Khadija, veiled and in her 30s, outside the family home.

“We talked to him this morning he was very upset and asked us to pray for him… His crime is that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” she added.

“The trio had been framed and made part of a wider controversy.”

The full text of the judgement can be read here.


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