Salman Butt & Mohammad Asif sentenced today by Justice Cooke.

Salman Butt & Mohammad AsifLondon: Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were convicted of fixing parts of a test match by a British court on Tuesday.

A jury at London’s Southwark Crown Court found former captain Butt guilty of both counts of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments as part of a betting scam. The sentences will be pronounced by the judge, Justice Cooke, on Wednesday and Thursday; both players will remain on bail till now.

Asif was found guilty of a particular count of conspiracy to cheat and was charged with having accepted cash.

The 12 jurors were agreed in their decision that both players were guilty of conspiracy to cheat, although could only reach a 10-2 verdict on the charge that Butt took money to do so.

The 27-year-old Butt could face 7 years in jail when the pair is sentenced later this week. The lesser accuse of conspiracy to cheat carries a possible punishment of 2 years in prison.

Butt said that he had ignored the requests from Majeed, his agent, and the 28-year-old Asif, who reached No. 2 in the ICC’s test bowling rankings the month before the Lord’s test, said he had only bowled the no-ball at exactly the time Majeed said it would be delivered as Butt had told him to run faster moments before bowling.


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