Amir's involvement was not one-off, says judge

Published: 03 November, 2011 07:23 IST | AFP |

Last year's Lord's Test may not be Amir's first fixing offence

Last year's Lord's Test may not be Amir's first fixing offence

A British judge dismissed claims that Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir was only involved in one episode of spot-fixing, as three Pakistan players awaited sentencing in the case.

Darkest hour: Mohammad Amir arrives at Southwark Crown Court in
London, yesterday. PIC/AFP

The 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cheat at gambling and to accept corrupt payments by plotting to bowl pre-arranged no-balls during the Test match between England and Pakistan at Lord's in August 2010. Judge Jeremy Cooke, sitting at London's Southwark Crown Court, said that text messages sent from murky contacts in Pakistan suggested the talented youngster was also implicated in fixing during the preceeding Test at The Oval.

"There are certainly texts and the like which suggest that Amir's first and only involvement was not limited to Lord's, it was not an isolated and one-off event," Cooke said. Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif were found guilty of the same two charges by a jury at the same court yesterday.  All three are due to be sentenced this week.

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