Pakistani trio face London trial for spot-fixing

The trio of Pakistani cricketers -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer -- today will face the trial on the spot-fixing charges during the Lord's Test against England last year.

Former skipper Butt, and seam bowlers Asif and Aamer will face the Southwark Crown Court charged in London with charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat.

The players' agent Mazhar Majeed will also go on trial alongside them and will be charged with the same offences, which carry maximum sentences of seven years and two years in prison respectively.

The trio was alleged to have deliberately bowled no-balls during the fourth Test against England in August last year.

They had filed appeals against their bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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