London: Pakistani Cricketers Muhammad Asif and Former Captain Salman Butt found guilty in Spot-fixing scandal, Jury think about this spot-fixing case and took decision after seventeen hours on Tuesday.
Former Test captain Salman Butt, 27 years old, and fast bowler Muhammad Asif, 28 years old, face jail after a court in London convicted them of deliberately bowling three no-balls during the Lord’s Test in August 2010 as part of a “spot-fixing” betting scam.
Prosecutors blamed Butt and Asif conspired with British agent Mazher Majeed and Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir to bowl the no-balls as part of a plot that revealed “rampant corruption” at the heart of international cricket.
Butt faces up to seven years in prison jail after the jury at Southwark Crown Court convicted him of conspiracy to obtain or accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat at gambling.
Asif was found guilty of conspiring to accept corrupt payments in a “spot-fixing” betting scam. The 28-year-old was also found guilty by the jury at Southwark Crown Court on a separate count of conspiring to cheat at gambling. The corrupt payment charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment.
Agent Mazhar, and Aamir, were also charged with the same offences but were not standing trial together with Butt and Asif.
On the other hand Salman Butt’s wife gave birth to a baby boy just 30 minutes before the result of spot fixing was announced, his father said by telephone from Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. Butt already has one daughter.
During the three-week trial the jury heard that vast sums of money could be made by rigging games for betting syndicates, particularly in South Asia, and that the problem was theatening the game of cricket. / Agencies