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Pakistan cricket captain set to appeal jail sentence

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Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, along with team mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed have been jailed.

They will serve terms of between two years eight months to six months for conducting a fixing conspiracy that corrupted what the judge called the “image and integrity” of cricket during a test match against England last year. The captain will appeal his sentence as his solicitor Paul Harris explained.

“On behalf of Salman Butt I simply want to confirm that we will be appealing his sentence and lodging grounds for appeal against sentence in the next 24 hours.”

The three were part of a gambling-inspired plot to bowl no-balls at pre-arranged times during a test match at Lords in August 2010.

During the case prosecutors said it revealed a rampant corruption at the heart of cricket. The trio have already been banned from playing by the International Cricket Council for a minimum of five years.