Pakistan Match Fixing
November 4, 2011 by staff
Pakistan Match Fixing, Three Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohd Asif and Mohd Amir, have been sentenced to prison for his role in the fixation point controversy that rocked the world of cricket in August last year.
This is the first instance of cricketers to be imprisoned for a crime for rigging games despite a number of cricketers, including former India captain Mohd Azharuddin, South Africa captain Hansy Cronje, the former captain of Salim Malik Pakistan were found guilty of involvement in match-fixing.
Former captain Salman Butt has 2 years and 6 months in prison, while Asif has been jailed for a year.
Another offender Mohd Amir, 19, would be imprisoned for six months for their involvement in fixing saga. He was originally sentenced to 6 months in prison, but had to revise the term of 6 months of detention in young offenders’ institution.
Bookie Mazhar Majeed has been 2 years and 8 months in prison for Southwark Crown
Court in London.
By giving the verdict the judge Jeremy Cook said the crimes were so serious that prison would only be enough.
All three players were also ordered to pay the cost of processing the case. While Butt was asked to fork out 30,937 pounds, and Amir Asif told to pay 8120 and 9389 pounds respectively.
“Now, when people look back on an amazing event in a game or a surprising result and never in the future the results are surprising, followers of the game who have paid to watch the cricket or cricket they have seen on television was asked if has been a solution or what I saw was natural, “said the judge.
The trio entered the room in the middle of a drama as mediapersons jostled to lay on the seats in what was perhaps the greatest criminal trial involving cricketers and sentence ends a year of intense drama that has left Pakistan Cricket shame.
The saga began in August last year when shocking images of Majeed saying that he could arrange a test match for a million dollars came to light.
He said that Butt, Asif and Amir on his payroll, and revealed that the trio conspired to lower pre-determined no balls during the Lord’s Test against England.
The hotel rooms cricketers were raided by the police after the bite and the money was recovered, the trio could not explain.
Butt and Asif were accused of fixing point after the infamous Lord’s Test against England in 2010, where he conspired with a bookie Mazhar Majeed and Mohammad Amir player fast bowling no balls at predetermined times.
Butt was suspended for 10 years, five of them suspended, Asif for seven years, while Aamir was suspended for five years by the Pakistan Cricket Board in previous disciplinary action against the trio.
Fixation point timeline:
August 28: Police raid rooms Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and find cash allegedly paid by British tabloid News of the world during a covert operation in the bookmaker Mazhar Majeed.
September 2: International Criminal Court suspended Butt, Amir and Asif.
September 3: Butt police interview, Asif and Amir.
February 5: ICC Butt prohibited for 10 years (five suspended), Asif for seven years (two suspended) and Amir for five years.
February 26: Amir Butt and the prohibition of appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, followed by Asif on March 1, but the audience in suspense until the end of criminal proceedings in England.
October 4: Asif Butt and the trial begins at Southwark Crown Court.
November 1: Butt found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments. Asif found guilty of conspiracy to deceive.
November 2: Amir appear in court along with Asif Butt, the first time that three players on the bench at the trial Majeed also appeared in court when it emerged that he had pleaded guilty at a pretrial hearing; Justice Jeremy Cook, Case refers to the following day.
November 3: Justice Cook hands of prison sentences for the three players and Majeed Majeed delivered two years and eight months in prison, two years and a half Butt, Asif year one month and six Amir.
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