Former Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were given jail sentences by the Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, after they were found guilty of taking bribes to fix a test match against England in 2010.
Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail, fast bowler Mohammad Asif got a one year jail term and pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial began, was sentenced to six months. The trio allegedly bowled no-balls at pre-arranged times during the test match against England.
However, it was their sports agent who received the hardest punishment. He was given a two year-and-eight-month sentence, even though he pleaded guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to making corrupt payments.
The court also ordered Butt, Asif and Amir to pay prosecution costs of the case. They were asked to pay £30,937, £8,120 and £9,389 respectively.
It may be recalled that the International Cricket Council had earlier banned Butt and Amir for five years and Asif for seven years as disciplinary action.