UK: Captain Salman Butt and Pakistan bowlers jailed for no-ball plot

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has been jailed for 30 months for his part in the conspiracy to bowl deliberate no-balls in last year’s Test match against England.

Former world number two Test bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, was jailed for one year and bowler Mohammad Amir, 19, has been sentenced to six months.

Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed was jailed for two years and eight months.Knowing when no-balls  will be bowled can be of great value in betting scams.

The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, said cricket matches would forever be tainted by the scandal.

In his sentencing remarks, which have been published online, he told the defendants: “‘It’s not cricket’ was an adage. It is the insidious effect of your actions on professional cricket and the followers of it that make the offences so serious.

“The image and integrity of what was once a game but is now a business is damaged in the eyes of all, including the many youngsters who regarded you as as heroes and would have given their eye teeth to play at the levels and with the skills that you had.”‘Sad day’

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the conviction of the players was “a sad day for Pakistan cricket”.

In February all three players were banned for five years by the International Cricket Council. All three are appealing against their suspensions.

 Amir’s mother

The three players have all been ordered to pay compensation towards prosecution costs. Butt, 27, was ordered to pay £30,937, Amir £9,389 and Asif £8,120.

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