Jailing of trio pains Imran

2011-11-03 14:17

Sharjah - Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan on Thursday said he was pained to hear the news of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir being jailed for fixing parts of a Test match against England.

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

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 players's agent Mazhar Majeed, sent down for 32 months, had already pleaded guilty to involvement in the scam.

Khan said it was painful to listen to the news.

"It is painful to listen (to) the news as a former Pakistan cricketer and I feel really sorry for their families," Khan, who was on a political meeting here, told AFP.

"In a way I also feel sorry for these cricketers because they are from Pakistan where there are massive corruption cases against president (Asif Zardari) and they must have thought crime pays," said Khan, who now heads his political party - Tehrik-e-Insaaf (Movement for Justice).

Khan said the punishments are a wake-up call for Pakistan cricket.

"The verdict is a wake-up call for Pakistan cricket and from now on we should be ultra careful and, like we did in the past, should never allow the corruption to set in," said Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992.

Khan criticised the previous cricket boards for sweeping the matter under the carpet.

"We should not hide behind the justification that it (fixing) happens in international cricket. It does happen, but Pakistan should set its house in order first and anyone involved should be punished," said Khan.

Khan said he always felt sorry for Aamir.

"I always felt sorry for Aamir," said Khan, himself a great fast bowler. "He may have been influenced by the atmosphere around him, secondly he was the best young fast bowler and for the fact that he came out with a confession," said Khan.


  • Alan - 2011-11-03 14:44

    Nothing he khan do about it....

      Anthony - 2011-11-03 16:49

      lol lol-- on a serious note I am very disapointed in the pissy sentances--the law in Britian allows for a max sentance of seven years --they should have been given the max---given Britian is the home of cricket it would have sent a strong message out that in Britian we take this very very seriously---u get found guilty of match fixing, u get SEVEN YEARS--this would send a strong message to these grubby money thugs that is not OK to cheat thousands of fans who went to trouble AND PAID to get to the stadiums and millions of cricket fans who watch the game on TV from watching a fair contest----grubby thugs

  • Grant - 2011-11-03 14:57

    Quite harsh I think, but to be honest, maybe a bit more of this will start giving sport some of its credit back. I still feel that refs and umpires need to be more under the spotlight, as they are the most influential, yet least accountable people on the field in any given sport! Maybe if Bryce Lawrence did some jail time, people like Steve Walsh would either start playing fair, or retire and get their grubby mitts off the game!

      Thomas - 2011-11-03 19:55

      Grant! You are spot on in this blog!! This WC brought out the ugly head of match fixing in rugby!!! The fact that it was so blatent sends a chill down ones spine!! Cricket are at least trying to do something about it, as where rugby hide their heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't happen!! In an article Henry said his secrets of winning the cup stay in NZ!! What the hell we know they are sitting in front of him in the stands!!! Lawrence and Padd O Stupid!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jako - 2011-11-03 15:17

    this is great for the game. maybe they wouldnt have done it if a similar example had been made of Hansie Iscariot

      Grant - 2011-11-03 15:56

      Agreed - although Hansie conspired to fix... these guys actually FIXED. There's a difference between Gibbs agreeing to get out before reaching 20, but actually scoring nearly 100, and agreeing to bowl no-balls, and then stepping over the line by a distance rivalling the olympic long-jump record!

  • Kevin - 2011-11-03 17:37

    Again unfair . Let a normal civilian get caught and he will sit for 5 years . When it is a international cricketer it's 30 months . To set an example 15 years would have been more realistic

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