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ICC slaps bans on Pakistan trio for spot fixing

Careers of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamer almost end with sanctions imposed for ten, seven and five years respectively.

Mohammed Aamer, the youngest of the three accused at 18 years, will probably have some chance in future to resurrect his career.
Mohammed Aamer, the youngest of the three accused at 18 years, will probably have some chance in future to resurrect his career.

DOHA // The independent commission investigating charges of spotfixing against three Pakistan cricketers have found all three guilty of corruption.

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain, has been suspended for 10 years, five of which have been suspended, and ordered to undertake a programme of anti-corruption rehabilitation.

Mohammed Asif has been suspended for seven years, two of which are suspended, while Mohammed Aamer has been banned for five years.

Much was expected from the world body after they have repeatedly tried to make the right noises about cracking down on the malaise of betting in the sport and had set up even a dedicated Anti Corruption and Security Unit.

Despite their efforts to educate the cricketers, a English tabloid established that the three cricketers had acted on the external influence of a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, who was caught on camera in a sting operation.

Majeed promised that the Pakistan players will bowl no-balls at specific overs in the Lord’s Test match played between Pakistan and England from August 26 to 29 last year, a claim that got established when Aamer and Asif bowled deliberate no-balls at the behest of captain Butt.

The players still face charges in the UK, after being summoned to appear in court on March 17 by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

They have been charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat.

The CPS decided they had enough evidence "for a realistic prospect of conviction" and that it was "in the public interest to prosecute".

 

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