Sports: Cricketers Jailed for Fixing Match



Salman Butt is among those jailed for the conspiracy

Salman Butt is among those jailed for the conspiracy

Salman Butt, former cricket captain for the Pakistan team, has recently been jailed for a term of 30 months for taking part in a plot to fix a match.

The conspiracy involved bowling deliberate no-balls, which took place during the Test match against England last year.

The men were arrested in August 2010, after the fourth Test between Pakistan and England.

Sentences

Formerly the number two Test bowler in the world, Mohammas Asif has also been jailed for the duration of one year, while Mohammad Amir has been sentenced to six months in prison.

A sports agent for cricket, Mazhar Majeed, was sentenced to two years and eight months.

It came out in court that the no-balls were meant to show gamblers that the game could easily be fixed. To this, judge Justice Cooke said that cricket matches would hold the scar from this scandal forever.

In his sentencing marks, he said that the effects of their actions on professional cricket and its legions of loyal fans made their gambling plot “insidious” and a grave offense. He also berated them for turning what was once a game into a dirty business, damaging the integrity of cricket “in the eyes of all.”

Furthermore, Mr. Cooke bid the offenders think of the “many youngsters” who had regarded them as heroes before their crime.

Payments

The media has responded positively to the charges, as many feel holding the players accountable for their actions will help restore integrity to the game.

As well as jail time, the three players will be paying compensation towards the cost of their prosecution. Salman Butt was ordered to pay £30,937, Amir £9,389, and Asif £8,120.

An undercover reporter from News of the World paid the cricket agent Majeed £150,000 for details concerning the timing of the three no-balls, which were valuable for spot-fixing betting purposes. Majeed told the reported that he paid Asif £65,000, Butt £10,000, and Amir £2,500.

Allegedly, if it were not for the undercover reporting, the cheating would have never been exposed.

The judge has also told players that they will be released halfway through their sentences if they display good behaviour.

Players Butt and Asif, along with agent Majeed, are thought to be at Wandsworth prison in south London. Amir has been sentenced to Feltham young offenders’ institution in west London.

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