Spot-fixing controversy May 2, 2012

Asif will fight to clear name - lawyer

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Asif, one of three Pakistan players jailed for spot-fixing, will be released from Canterbury Prison early on Thursday after completing half of his one-year sentence, his has lawyer said.

Asif, 29, was handed a jail sentence at Southwark Crown Court in London in November last year, along with team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir, after being found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

"Asif's release is a matter of few hours and I look forward to meeting him and helping him in his legal fight to restore [the] reputation he once had," Asif's lawyer Ravi Sukul told Pakistani TV channel Geo.

Asif and Butt denied the charges against them in court while Amir, who was released in February after serving half of a six-month sentence, pleaded guilty. Asif received a seven-year ban (with two years suspended) from playing cricket by the ICC in February 2011. Butt, who is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence, was banned for ten years (with five suspended), while Amir got five years.

Mazhar Majeed, the agent who was accused of setting up the deal that was uncovered by a newspaper sting operation, was imprisoned for 32 months.

Sukul added that Asif could stay in England while he explores the possibility of launching an appeal. "I have a strong belief that if certain procedures had been applied in Asif's benefit at his trial, they could have persuaded the jury to come to a different conclusion," Sukul said.

Asif has previously indicated that he will appeal the ICC ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His appeal against his prison term was rejected last November by the Lord Chief Justice.

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  • disco on May 3, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Asif if finished. No Butts about it.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    accepting his guilt would be a honourable thing to do. Have any of you read the trascripts from the ICC enquiry? the evidence is quite clear. He maybe one of the best bowlers in the universe but having such a distruptive and unrelibale character in the dressing room will just destabilise the team, specially when they are doing so well. I dont want to see Asif or Butt anywhere near cricket again.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    If it were any other player, I would have thought about it. However, Asif having such a history, is hard to believe. This is just a desperate act by a desperate man who sees his career gone down the drain and is having a hard time coming to terms with it. Even if the ICC somehow allows him to play, I don't think the Pakistani people want him in the team, a guy who has caused so much embarrassment to the nation. But yes, he does deserve an appeal since it is his right.

  • disco on May 3, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Apart from having no grounds for appeal, would the current Pakistan team want him around. I doubt it.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @PratUSA if he still wants to appeal then there must be something which is not known and hence he should be and will be given the opportunity to clear his name...

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    I like his honorable approach. He should be given all the opportunity to clear his name. I am not sure if he can, however, I believe if he wants to do it there must be something in it. This man has lost his livelihood, his honor. What is a man without honor? Give him a chance, give him your support, maybe he has something to prove a point and that we do not know. I wish him good luck and godspeed in his effort to redeem his honor. Go for it Asif.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    i don't know whether aamir confess asif also involved in this because amir only said salman but has asked him to bowl the no ball .i still think asif has been brought into this intentionally .asif is one of the most complete bowler of this modern era

  • Aamir on May 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    FOR.THE.LAST.TIME. Mohammad Talha is the next BEST choice for replacing Asif! I have repeated time and time again, Mohammad Talha should be bowling instead of Aizaz Cheema. Sadaf Hussain needs to be in the squad just like Vernon Philander. Sadaf and Junaid are the bowlers we were looking for all along! Insha Allah these bowlers and Ahmed Shehzad will be in the Sri Lanka series.

  • Rimtu on May 2, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Asif's intelligence level has nosedived since he got involved in fixing. What does he want to clearn his name from? Did he partake in fixing or not? Now that we know that he did so, what is he trying to say? Despite participating in the fixing, he is still a good boy? How can we make him understand that it is too late to clear name? He's already been found guilty, served jail sentence. What's left?

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    i doubt he will ever be able to play again

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