It’s not cricket – now off to jail you go

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has been jailed for 30 months for his part in the conspiracy to bowl deliberate no-balls in last year’s Test match against England.

Former world number two Test bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, was jailed for one year and bowler Mohammad Amir, 19, has been sentenced to six months.

Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed was jailed for two years and eight months.

The court heard the no-balls were to show gamblers that play could be fixed.

The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, said cricket matches would forever be tainted by the scandal.

“The image and integrity of what was once a game but is now a business is damaged in the eyes of all, including the many youngsters who regarded you as as heroes and would have given their eye teeth to play at the levels and with the skills that you had.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board said the conviction of the players was “a sad day for Pakistan cricket”.

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