Three Pak cricketers jailed for match-fixing
At the conclusion of the trial at Southwark Crown Court, London, Judge Jeremy Cooke sentenced Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to jail terms of two and a half years, one year and six months respectively for their role in a conspiracy to cheat and to obtain and accept corrupt payments related to the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010. Their agent Mazhar Majeed was given a two-year-eight-month sentence in prison.
The three cricketers were also ordered to pay compensation towards cost of prosecution. Butt has been ordered to pay 30,937 pounds, Asif 8120 pounds and Amir 9389 pounds.
While delivering the sentences, Justice Cooke stated that he had kept in mind their individual bans from the International Cricket Council. Butt has been given a 10-year ban, five years of which are suspended. Asif has been banned for seven years, two of which are suspended, while Amir has been banned for five years.