Spot fixing: All three Pakistani cricketers get jail terms

Nov 03, 2011, 16:41 IST | Agencies

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was Thursday sentenced by the Southwark Crown Court to 30 months in prision for spot fixing.

Fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were handed one year and six months sentences.

Salman Butt outside a court in London. Photo: AFP

The trio was involved in spot fixing during the Lord's Test against England last August.

Cricket bookie Mazhar Majeed was also handed a 32-month sentence for his involvement in spot fixing, BBC reported Thursday.

The spot-fixing controversy centres on allegations that Butt, Asif and Amir took bribes from Mazhar Majeed to deliberately under-perform at certain times in the match.
Undercover reporters from News of the World, led by Mazher Mahmood, had secretly video-taped Majeed accepting money and informing the reporters that Asif and Amir would deliberately bowl no-balls at specific points in an over.
This information could have been used by gamblers to place bets. 

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