Cricket Scam Jailed
November 4, 2011 by staff
Cricket Scam Jailed, Three Pakistani cricketers were top jailed Thursday after being convicted of conspiring to cheat and take bribes, in a match against England last summer, in a scandal that rocked the international sport.
Former national team captain Salman Butt was sentenced to 30 months and Mohammad Asif player to one year in prison after being found guilty by a London court Tuesday.
Bowling Buddies Amir Mohammad, a rising star in the sport at the age of 19, was given a period of six months in jail, he pleaded guilty.
A fourth man, London-based businessman Mazhar Majeed was jailed for two years and eight months for his role as an agent who organized the betting scam. He was also convicted.
All are served half his sentence before being eligible for parole.
The Pakistanis were accused of fixing parts in situ, or manipulation of a test match.
The trial and sentence have been followed closely in Pakistan, where cricket is a popular sport.
The Pakistan Cricket Board, the sport’s national governing body, said the trio’s conviction and sentence was “a sad day for Pakistan cricket.”
Nadeem Sarwar spokesman said in a statement: “Instead of being proud to play for their country, players chose to disappoint his fans, tarnishing the image of their country and bring the noble game of cricket into disrepute There is little sympathy in Pakistan . the way I feel I have reached. ”
He said the board was determined to end the corrupt practices in cricket and introducing measures to do that.
These include better training on the rules and ethics for players, with tighter control, a strengthened code of conduct for agents and others involved in the game and a recommendation to the Government to pass a law corruption in sport a criminal offense.
Imran Khan, former cricketer turned politician, said internal channel Geo TV after the sentence: “for Pakistan and for Pakistan cricket is extremely damaging.
“This will bring shame to our country and the families of the cricketers. I can not imagine what the family is going through. At the moment this is bad for us all.”
He said he felt special sympathy for Amir, the youngest, who had come probably involved after seeing the other party going under.
Asif father also appeared in Geo TV, saying: “. The jails are made for men, what happens if my child is sent there”
He accused unspecified foreign governments to stand behind the conviction of his son, but he said the family did not starve as a result.
Sister Butt, Rubab Butt told reporters that her brother was innocent.
“My brother did nothing wrong,” she said. “There has been no evidence presented to us as to his guilt and the decision is wrong, we do not agree with him. My brother is innocent.”
Asif Butt and had denied the charges.
Prior to sentencing, Amir expressed his remorse in a statement read by his lawyer.
“First I want to apologize to Pakistan and all that cricket is important,” he said. “I know how much damage has been done to this game, a game that I love more than anything in the world.
“I made the decision several months ago she wanted to admit he deliberately threw two no-balls (failures) in the proof of the Lord, last summer. But I know this was very late and I apologize for not having told you before. I Do not find the courage to do at first, and I know very well which made it much more difficult. ”
The Pakistanis are among the lowest paid major cricket nations, partly due to the loss of much needed revenue from hosting visits. International teams have rejected offers to play in Pakistan after a terrorist attack in 2009 the team toured Sri Lanka in Lahore.
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