Back home in Pak, families of jailed cricketers weep

Families of jailed Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir said the players are innocent and have been implicated in the spot-fixing case in London. Butt's father Zulfiqar said his son, who was the Pakistan captain during the 2010 Lord's Test, was made a scapegoat.

Moments after a London court sentenced Mohd Amir to a six-month jail
term for his role in spot-fixing, his mother, Nasim Akhtar weeps at her
residence in Changa Bangial village, near Islamabad yesterday. Pic/AFP

"My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat. I will produce evidence and documents to prove what is really happening in this case," Zulfiqar told Express Channel.

Butt's sister Rubab said the cricketer's mother and wife, who delivered the couple's second child on Monday minutes before the cricketer was convicted, were unwell.

"My mum is not well. His (Butt) wife, ever since she had the surgery with the baby � they haven't been eating, they keep crying. He's my only brother, my mum's only son. He's in a foreign country, all alone, none of us are with him . It's quite painful," said Rubab.

Amir's mother Nasim Akhtar blamed Butt for the incident. "My son is innocent and he bowled the no-balls after being asked by the captain. I spoke to him two days ago and he asked me to pray for his acquittal," she said.

Amir's brother Mohammad Ijaz said: "He should not have been sentenced after his confession. We thought he will be released after a fine."

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