Pakistani cricketers face London trial for spot-fixing

October 3rd, 2011 - 10:36 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 3 (IANS) The trio of Pakistani cricketers — Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer — Tuesday will face the trial on the spot-fixing charges during the Test match against England last year.

Former skipper Butt, and seam bowlers Asif and Aamer will face the Southwark Crown Court charged in south-east London with charges of conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat.

The players’ agent Mazhar Majeed will also go on trial alongside them and will be charged with the same offences, which carry maximum sentences of seven years and two years in prison respectively.

The Pakistani trio was alleged to have deliberately bowled no-balls during the fourth Test against England in August last year.

The allegations were based on the evidence obtained by the Sunday tabloid “News of the World”, which was shut in July over the phone-hacking scandal.

The newspaper claimed Majeed, who is based in south London, accepted &pound150;,000 to convince Asif and Aamer to bowl the no-balls at predetermined times in the Lord’s Test.

At that time Butt, 26, was captain of Pakistan’s Test side, Asif, 28, the strike bowler, and 18-year-old left-armer Aamer the prodigious talent in the world cricket.

An independent tribunal appointed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) had banned Butt from all forms of cricket for 10 years, five of which were suspended. Asif received a seven-year ban, with two suspended, and Aamer was handed a five-year suspension.

The three cricketers had filed appeals against their bans at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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