Pakistan Cricketers Charged With Spot-Fixing
Three members of the Pakistan cricket team; Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have been found guilty of being involved in a betting scandal surrounding a Test Match against England at Lords in August 2010.
The revelations were brought to the public eye in the aftermath of the Test match last year by the now defunct News Of The World newspaper. It was revealed that it had been arranged by cricket agent Mazhar Majeed for the players in question to deliberately bowl no-balls in the course of the match in exchange for £150,000. Spot betting allows people to place bets on the minutiae of sports events, such as the occurrence of no-balls.
The players were arrested following the match and have all received lengthy bans from the International Cricket Board which would almost certainly end the careers of Butt and Asif and leave the 19-year old Amir out of the game for 5 years.
Today at Southwark Crown Court at the sentencing of Butt and Asif, a defence lawyer has also told the court that an unnamed Pakistan player was involved in a spot-fixing plot too. The other player involved in the scandal, Amir, along with agent Majeed, had already admitted to the offences earlier on. All the players are appealing against their bans from the ICC. The hearing has been adjourned until Thursday when sentencing will take place.
Sources: BBC News