Spot-fixing controversy May 1, 2012

Asif release expected this week

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Mohammad Asif is this week expected to become the second of the three Pakistan cricketers jailed for spot-fixing to be released. Asif will have completed half of his one-year sentence and becomes eligible for release from Canterbury Prison under British law.

The disgraced Pakistan trio - Asif, his fellow fast bowler Mohammad Amir and captain Salman Butt - participated in a betting scam involving the deliberate bowling of no-balls for financial gain during a Lord's Test match between England and Pakistan in 2010.

Asif and Butt were found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in November 2011 of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. All three lost an appeal that their sentences were "manifestly excessive" to the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, who upheld the sentences later in November and said that widespread corruption could "destroy the game".

Amir, the youngest at 18, pleaded guilty before the trial and was released from a young offenders' institution midway through his six-month sentence earlier this year. Butt will not become eligible for release until next February, when he has served half of his 30-month sentence. Mazhar Majeed, the agent who was accused of setting up the deal, received a 32-month jail term.

Asif is 29 and his Pakistan career could be over unless he overturns a seven-year ban (the last two of which are suspended) imposed by an ICC tribunal in February last year. Butt was banned for 10 years (five of them suspended) and Amir for five years.

Mohammad Haroon, who described himself as "a friend and cricketer" told the AFP news agency that Asif still intended to go through with his appeal against the ICC ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. "Asif has already appealed against the 12-month sentence and he will also appeal against the ICC ban," Haroon said.

Amir has no plans to appeal and has taken part in an anti-corruption video produced by the ICC.

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  • Lord_Dravid on May 2, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @cric_freakNo2...give aamir one more chance? do you think cricket is the same as playing monopoly? no chances simply because they would've carried on with their corrupt ways had they not been caught. Asif is shameless still tries to clear his name *sigh*

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    What's the point of sentencing people if its possible to pull them out halfway? It would be incredible if any of these characters play international cricket again...they really should not. I am sure Pakistan has many other talented cricketers to fill their places.

  • keptalittlelow on May 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Asif would have been as successful as the great Glenn McGraw, I hope Asif has learnt his lesson, I wish him well.

  • Saby786 on May 2, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I don't argue that Asif is a great bowler but what he has done as left all the nation in bad name and big shame so I wouldn't like to see him and personally I don't think he will get back in, a great bowler gone to waste and will be missed, as for Aamir he is he young and Naive i would along with other millions of Pakistanis and majority of cricket lovers would love to see him roll his arm over again for Pakistan as I think if he was still playing he would have been a weapon and surely as good as the legend him self Wasim Akram king of swing, I hope the ICC will allow Aamir an early entrance in cricket then we all expect.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Asif is the best bowler ..I have seen till now & I hope he makes a comeback...

    -- Indian

  • Pathiyal on May 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    dont care much about asif. glad that amir is gonna be back. hope he will relaunch himself....just waiting with wishes from this end!!!

  • Bruisers on May 2, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Who cares? He is just another medium pacer who will end up nowhere in the international scene.

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Plz give Aamir one more chance :)

  • pure_chilly on May 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    I'm 100% that Asif would have been the #1 Bowler in the world if he wouldn't have been sentenced! And Pakistan is a country which has produced a variety of great fast and spin bowlers.

  • AJLax on May 1, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    I am tired of all these comments that suggest folks from poor or uneducated backgrounds are somehow more susceptible or inclined to teaching. What rubbish! If that was the case the political elites of Pakistan, who are neither uneducatd nor poor, would have been paragons of integrity!

  • Lord_Dravid on May 2, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @cric_freakNo2...give aamir one more chance? do you think cricket is the same as playing monopoly? no chances simply because they would've carried on with their corrupt ways had they not been caught. Asif is shameless still tries to clear his name *sigh*

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    What's the point of sentencing people if its possible to pull them out halfway? It would be incredible if any of these characters play international cricket again...they really should not. I am sure Pakistan has many other talented cricketers to fill their places.

  • keptalittlelow on May 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Asif would have been as successful as the great Glenn McGraw, I hope Asif has learnt his lesson, I wish him well.

  • Saby786 on May 2, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I don't argue that Asif is a great bowler but what he has done as left all the nation in bad name and big shame so I wouldn't like to see him and personally I don't think he will get back in, a great bowler gone to waste and will be missed, as for Aamir he is he young and Naive i would along with other millions of Pakistanis and majority of cricket lovers would love to see him roll his arm over again for Pakistan as I think if he was still playing he would have been a weapon and surely as good as the legend him self Wasim Akram king of swing, I hope the ICC will allow Aamir an early entrance in cricket then we all expect.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Asif is the best bowler ..I have seen till now & I hope he makes a comeback...

    -- Indian

  • Pathiyal on May 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    dont care much about asif. glad that amir is gonna be back. hope he will relaunch himself....just waiting with wishes from this end!!!

  • Bruisers on May 2, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Who cares? He is just another medium pacer who will end up nowhere in the international scene.

  • cric_freakNo2 on May 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Plz give Aamir one more chance :)

  • pure_chilly on May 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    I'm 100% that Asif would have been the #1 Bowler in the world if he wouldn't have been sentenced! And Pakistan is a country which has produced a variety of great fast and spin bowlers.

  • AJLax on May 1, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    I am tired of all these comments that suggest folks from poor or uneducated backgrounds are somehow more susceptible or inclined to teaching. What rubbish! If that was the case the political elites of Pakistan, who are neither uneducatd nor poor, would have been paragons of integrity!

  • on May 1, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Pakistan board must help aamir to lift ban He should get one more chance in team Because he has already got punishment So many people did mistakes in childhood So we should forgive him one time But butt and asif should not be given more chances

  • Stavroulla on May 1, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @Mark Long. Why don't you ask this question to lawyer? Purpose of this article is not to debate that.

  • Natesan333 on May 1, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    I can't believe some of the comments, conspiracy, wasn't educated properly etc., really? so this guy has no responsibility for his action? He is a grown man with a sound mind. He was greedy and tried to make a quick buck. Now he is now paying for that, period.

  • on May 1, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @Mark its half because they count day and night different, like if sentence is one year (365 days) which includes 178 nights so sentence will be only six months. hope this helps :)

  • on May 1, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: Couldn't agree more, mate. He's washed up now, which is a real shame.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Hey guys, no use crying over spilt milk. Mohammad Talha is the PERFECT replacement for Mohammad Asif. Mohammad Talha is a great swing bowler who took a wicket in his first test match. I really do hope that Junaid, Sadaf and Mohammad Talha are the three fast bowlers who will bowl together in a test match aganist Sri Lanka.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    *roll of hay blows in the background with no one around* That's the amount of people that care about Asif.

  • BowledYa on May 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    What a waste of talent. Asif would have been one of the bowling greats had he stuck to cricket alone on the field. I partially blame the PCB and ICC for not doing more to educate these cricketers that come from limited means and education to keep them from falling into wrong hands. Butt has no sympathy from me as he is well educated and should have known the consequences, not to speak of the morality of his actions.

  • billbowden311 on May 1, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is a conspiracy against Pakistani players by England and India!

  • on May 1, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    NO USE OF RELEASING ASIFF!! I WISH AAMIR PLAYS ASAP :)

  • nlambda on May 1, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Welcome back, Pride of Pakistan!

  • on May 1, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    this is exactly what I have never understood about British Law, sentence criminal to certain time in jail, then release them when only half the time has passed. He should be in there for his whole sentence not just half of it!!

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  • on May 1, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    this is exactly what I have never understood about British Law, sentence criminal to certain time in jail, then release them when only half the time has passed. He should be in there for his whole sentence not just half of it!!

  • nlambda on May 1, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Welcome back, Pride of Pakistan!

  • on May 1, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    NO USE OF RELEASING ASIFF!! I WISH AAMIR PLAYS ASAP :)

  • billbowden311 on May 1, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    This is a conspiracy against Pakistani players by England and India!

  • BowledYa on May 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    What a waste of talent. Asif would have been one of the bowling greats had he stuck to cricket alone on the field. I partially blame the PCB and ICC for not doing more to educate these cricketers that come from limited means and education to keep them from falling into wrong hands. Butt has no sympathy from me as he is well educated and should have known the consequences, not to speak of the morality of his actions.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on May 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    *roll of hay blows in the background with no one around* That's the amount of people that care about Asif.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Hey guys, no use crying over spilt milk. Mohammad Talha is the PERFECT replacement for Mohammad Asif. Mohammad Talha is a great swing bowler who took a wicket in his first test match. I really do hope that Junaid, Sadaf and Mohammad Talha are the three fast bowlers who will bowl together in a test match aganist Sri Lanka.

  • on May 1, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    @AndyZaltzmannsHair: Couldn't agree more, mate. He's washed up now, which is a real shame.

  • on May 1, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @Mark its half because they count day and night different, like if sentence is one year (365 days) which includes 178 nights so sentence will be only six months. hope this helps :)

  • Natesan333 on May 1, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    I can't believe some of the comments, conspiracy, wasn't educated properly etc., really? so this guy has no responsibility for his action? He is a grown man with a sound mind. He was greedy and tried to make a quick buck. Now he is now paying for that, period.