London: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and two of his teammates, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were on Thursday sentenced to jail for their role in the spot-fixing scandal, making them the 1st cricketers ever to be jailed for corruption.
According to the reports, Butt was sentenced to two and a half years, Asif was handed a one-year term, whereas the 19-year-old Aamer was sentenced to 6 months in the young offenders’ custody centre instead of jail.
Players’ agent Mazhar Majeed got the strongest punishment as he was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison by Justice Jeremy Cooke after a trial that ran for close to 3 weeks at the Southwark Crown Court.
“‘It’s not cricket’ was an adage. It is the insidious effect of your actions on professional cricket and the followers of it which make the offences so serious,” said Justice Cooke in his sentencing remarks.
The convicted four can appeal against their sentences. Aamer’s barrister Henry Blaxland QC said that he planned to apply for bail later pending an appeal against his sentence.