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Pakistani cricketers found guilty of betting plot


Pakistani cricketers found guilty of betting plot


Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif could face jail sentences after being found guilty of spot-fixing during a match against England last year.

Butt was convicted by a jury in London of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling, while Asif was found guilty of conspiracy to cheat.

The pair were charged after their former agent Mazher Majeed was recorded by a secret camera predicting when no-balls would be delivered by the bowlers.

The players – who denied any wrongdoing – have already been banned from playing by the International Cricket Council for a minimum of five years.

Butt faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years and Asif a maximum of two years, with the pair expected to be sentenced later this week.

Spot-fixing concerns taking money to influence part of a sports match. In this case it was a no-ball, or when a bowler oversteps a painted line on the pitch when he releases the ball. Gamblers may legally place bets on the exact point in the game that a no-ball will be bowled. Video footage showed Asif overstepping the line by an unusually large distance.

Another of their team-mates, Mohammed Amir, had admitted to spot-fixing charges prior to Asif and Butt’s trial, although the jury in the latter case was not made aware of Amir’s confession. Amir was 18 when the offence was committed and could also face a jail sentence.

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