Fixing trio receive jail terms

2011-11-03 12:37

London - Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif and agent Mazhar Majeed were all jailed on Thursday in Britain for their role in fixing parts of a Test match against England.

Cricket agent Majeed, 36, from Croydon in south London, was handed the harshest penalty with a sentence of two years and eight months by Judge Jeremy Cooke at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Pakistan former Test captain Salman Butt, 27, received 30 months, fastbowler Mohammad Asif, 28, received one year in jail and 19-year-old Mohammad Aamir was jailed for six months.

"These offences, regardless of pleas, are so serious that only a sentence of imprisonment will suffice," Cooke told the four in court.

He added: "Each of you will serve half the time imposed in custody and then be released on licence."

As he was led from the dock, Butt looked distant and aghast. Aamir showed little reaction as he collected his rucksack, while Asif nodded to a friend in the public gallery before being the last to disappear down to the cells.

Butt and Asif were found guilty on Tuesday of deliberately bowling three no-balls during the Lord's Test in August 2010 as part of a "spot-fixing" betting scam uncovered by Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World.

Aamir and Majeed had already pleaded guilty to involvement in the scam.

The judge said the players had once been regarded as heroes but had betrayed their followers in Pakistan.

"In Pakistan, where cricket is the national sport, the ordinary follower of the national team feels betrayed by your activities," he said.

"You, Butt, Asif and Aamir have let down all your supporters and followers of the game."

The international game had also been tarnished by the scandal, he added.

"Now, whenever people look back on a surprising event in a game or a surprising result or whenever, in the future, there are surprising events or results, followers of the game who paid good money... will be led to wonder whether there has been a fix," the judge said.

"What was to be honest, sporting competition may not be such at all."


  • Lionel - 2011-11-03 12:44

    Promising cricket careers all thrown away for money...makes one sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:31

      Yeah Lionel there is just no place in the cricketing world for players with no-balls.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:47

      Huh - say that OVER

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:54

      @Skin - got any other silly points to make?

      Lionel - 2011-11-03 13:55

      hahahaahah,good one Skins!!!!!Hope in jail they get bowled over by the right maiden!!!!!!

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:55

      I'm just saying that it was just a matter of time before they were caught out.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:00

      This is spinning out of control.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 14:04

      Yea I’m surprised they didn’t block these comments for being beyond acceptable boundaries

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:08

      anyway - be back later - I gotta duck

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 14:12

      Ok Allan just try to be back this century

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:18

      will do - over and out.

      eyresa - 2011-11-03 15:27

      This is serious. You guys are all making silly points!

      louis.langenhoven - 2011-11-03 15:40

      guess they will possibly need extra cover

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 16:00

      I’ve heard they are going to use bribery to Get Out. They have already taken their Guard and just need to choose a Nightwatchman.

  • Alan - 2011-11-03 13:00

    eish eish = if dat Salm(o)n Butt goes to jail, and the jails are like in SA, he is going to live up to his name. LMML

  • Wimpie - 2011-11-03 13:01

    i wonder if the prison has a cricket team?

      Lynley - 2011-11-03 13:08

      I bet they have!!!!

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:12

      Ja - it's the JuJu 11

  • Priester - 2011-11-03 13:08

    Their careers are destroyed. They had the potential to become superstars earning mega bucks...... Penny wise pound foolish. Blou Bul Groete

      Byron - 2011-11-03 15:19

      In this case you may be 100% correct, I dont know much about the evidence that they gave. In general though I think there are more things going on than straight greed.

  • Byron - 2011-11-03 13:27

    Before we Judge them lets just consider for a moment that they may not have only been offered money. The wicket-keeper who fled to England recently did so because fixers had threaten his life if he wouldn't comply. This isnt some rosy operation where everyone is getting a cut, it may well be that you do it and we will pay you or we will kill you or expose private details in the media if you dont.

      Priester - 2011-11-03 13:38

      @Byron you may be right however I do have my doubts. Should they have received threats I am quite confident they would have mentioned this as mitigating factors. Nah, I think they were just greedy and skelm. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:28

    They had time served because they couldn't get out on bails :)

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:30

      whaahaaa. I looked at that for a while and was quite stumped at first.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:34

      Alan I knew someone would field a good response, but that one is a keeper :)

      Barry - 2011-11-03 13:41

      Given the evidence and sentences, no-one is going out of their way to bat for these guys :)

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:42

      Yeah - I catch on real fast.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:50

      @Barry - in jail, they may soon be batting for the other side.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:52

      I'm still convinced they will win on appeal

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 13:57

      They couldn't get out on bail because the judge thought they'd make a run for it.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 13:58

      Dunno - maybe if somebody cover for them.......

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:03

      Anyway - if they go to jail, I wonder how many players will be allowed in the inner ring on Butt's side.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 14:08

      Are you suggesting that someone will pad the judges wallet?

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:15

      I must Warne you against that.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:33

      So what would be a fair PUNishment?

      Barry - 2011-11-03 14:38

      The judge bowled a hat trick in one bowl

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:15

      That's a good point Barry. It's not often you see three batsmen in at the same time.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:18

      Tri another one

      Barry - 2011-11-03 15:32

      I don't think Asif is going to have many quickies in jail.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:35

      @Barry .... well it's not ASIF he won't get a chance...

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:37

      They were only going to sentence two of them but then they decided that they needed a third man.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:47

      I heard they were the dirty dozen .... right down to the twelth man

      Barry - 2011-11-03 17:05

      Their careers have gone for 6

  • Ian - 2011-11-03 13:53

    now all they need is to get Bryce Lawrence to join them!!!!!!!

  • Shane - 2011-11-03 13:56

    jail sentence for bowling a few no balls? what that really a crime??? and if it so happens that one of the poms is found to be involved in these scams (as some of them undoubtedly are), will he alos go to jail? what would the brits say if a pom went to an indian jail for bowling a wide, e.g.?

      sean.looney - 2011-11-03 14:00

      i was thinking the same thing. people walk away with far lesser sentences for far worse crimes. unfortunately because this case was so public the judge had to be seen to be taking harsh action.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:24

      hmmmmmm with all the comments here, I think they should go to a jail in the PUNjab.

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 14:38

      @ aln, u such a prick, don't associate pakistani's with indians....2 seperate things u dumb white moron

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:43

      whaahaaa @ Nitesh - the comment was made above about an Indian jail. Anyway please excuse me for Beiijing a Chinaman. Lets just sweep this all under the carpet shall we? BYE

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 14:49

      ok ok i get it, i dont blame u for reading the article properly, no where it stated an indian jail, but my fellow china bru, i dont blame u, coz ur eyes are half shut....compared to others....wahahaha 2 u....

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 14:52

      @ aln, it's like me calling u a Japanese coz u like the part

      Nitesh - 2011-11-03 14:54

      @ Alan, dont take me seriously, it's under the carpet, was just trying 2 make a point

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:59

      @Nit - I aint taking anything seriously. ,,,, See Shane's comment directly above about Indian jail. Hope you dont feel flike a "Fool" Toss(er). :)

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:01

      @Nit .. huh? Me a Jap? Lets NIP this in the bud......

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:07

      Nitesh I think we should take you to a bookie and get your sense of humor fixed.

      Inky - 2011-11-03 15:57

      Why pick on the English? Hansie and his gang did not go to jail !

      Alan - 2011-11-03 16:04

      Eish - I don't haver an INKling what he's on about....

  • mojay786 - 2011-11-03 14:25

    To all the guys that made the cricket connatation jokes.....Well done boys,youve made my day.LMFAO.Hilarious,especially the Salmon Butt and batting for the other side....

      Alan - 2011-11-03 14:48

      Pleasure - I just have to run out now, Mr Delivery is at the door.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:04

      You're lucky he comes to your house. For me he never pitches.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:07

      @Skins whaaaa - lets drop this.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:11

      Good idea. I was starting to run out of comments anyway.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:14

      I know this is cheezy ... but Mr Delivery comes to me coz I live @ Melrose Arch.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:28

      ..just very slow delivery..... especially when I order it with extras

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:31

      Any chance I could score a thick slice?

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:39

      well - it's still in the Box. ....

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:42

      Ok here Skins - you can have the thick outside edge....

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:46

      Just don't slip. You may end up in a gulley

      Alan - 2011-11-03 15:56

      OMG another Alan. I'm outta here like White Lightning...... dooonaallld Duuck....

      Skinfaxi - 2011-11-03 15:56

      I thought you would at least offer me a square cut :(

      Alan - 2011-11-03 16:00

      now you're pushing it

      Alan - 2011-11-03 16:02

      damn - I can't get it out of the box. I am going to have to punch through the cover.

      Alan - 2011-11-03 16:23

      Cheers all - got to Trott - there's a bouncer at the door.

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