Spot-fixing controversy May 3, 2012

Mohammad Asif released from prison

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Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been released from jail after completing half of his one-year sentence for spot-fixing, his lawyers said. He was freed from Canterbury Prison in southeast England on Thursday morning.

Asif, 29, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in November 2011 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. He is still under a seven-year ban (the last two years of which are suspended) imposed by an ICC tribunal in February last year.

His team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were also found guilty. While Asif and Butt denied the charges against them in court Amir, who was released in February after serving half of a six-month sentence, pleaded guilty. 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.

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  • DataQue on May 6, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Asif who??? Who cares!!!!!

  • Dhumper on May 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    It was a delight to watch Asif bowl. Very few bowlers in the world could do what he did. Amazing ability to swing the ball at will. He will be missed! Unfortunately he didn't make the right choices..he has nobody but himself to blame. I'd let him play at the domestic level after the ban.

  • Jawwad.ali on May 4, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    what a wonderful bowler he was ........ pure delight to watch ....... especially on seaming tracks in test matches .......... very sad tale .......... all THREE must not be allowed to play for Pakistan again .......though because of his age .... aamir must be given an opportunity to play first class cricket in future and all nations must show empathy because of his age but even he must not be allowed ever to play for national team

  • Wefinishthis on May 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    This guy is world class and could have heralded in a new WI/Australian-style dominant era for Pakistan. He had the potential to be as great as Glenn McGrath and that's coming from an Aussie. What a loss to test cricket.

  • Jawwad.ali on May 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    what a wonderful bowler he was ........ pure delight to watch ....... especially on seaming tracks in test matches .......... very sad tale .......... all THREE must not be allowed to play for Pakistan again .......though because of his age .... aamir must be given an opportunity to play first class cricket in future and all nations must show empathy because of his age but even he must not be allowed ever to play for national team

  • on May 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments posted here, Amir should be given a chance as he was very young and Salmun Butt put him into these stuffs........I think Butt and Asif does not deserve any more chances but Amir is the one who can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket as he has got brilliant cricketing mind. ALl my best wishes are with Amir as i am desperate to see him in green Cap again :(((((

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I think only amir should be given a chance because he is only 20 years old and he is a brillient left arm fast bowler and pakistan needs a bowler like mohammad amir who can take early wickets and moves pakistan out of trouble.And then pakistan can become the worlds no 1 team.

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    really sad about amir asif and butt but whatwe can do only be patience

  • cricdeep on May 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I hope he is never again allowed to play any form of cricket. and he has the guts to appeal further??

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    He should never be allowed to play cricket again or represent country in anything

  • DataQue on May 6, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Asif who??? Who cares!!!!!

  • Dhumper on May 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    It was a delight to watch Asif bowl. Very few bowlers in the world could do what he did. Amazing ability to swing the ball at will. He will be missed! Unfortunately he didn't make the right choices..he has nobody but himself to blame. I'd let him play at the domestic level after the ban.

  • Jawwad.ali on May 4, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    what a wonderful bowler he was ........ pure delight to watch ....... especially on seaming tracks in test matches .......... very sad tale .......... all THREE must not be allowed to play for Pakistan again .......though because of his age .... aamir must be given an opportunity to play first class cricket in future and all nations must show empathy because of his age but even he must not be allowed ever to play for national team

  • Wefinishthis on May 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    This guy is world class and could have heralded in a new WI/Australian-style dominant era for Pakistan. He had the potential to be as great as Glenn McGrath and that's coming from an Aussie. What a loss to test cricket.

  • Jawwad.ali on May 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    what a wonderful bowler he was ........ pure delight to watch ....... especially on seaming tracks in test matches .......... very sad tale .......... all THREE must not be allowed to play for Pakistan again .......though because of his age .... aamir must be given an opportunity to play first class cricket in future and all nations must show empathy because of his age but even he must not be allowed ever to play for national team

  • on May 4, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    I totally agree with the comments posted here, Amir should be given a chance as he was very young and Salmun Butt put him into these stuffs........I think Butt and Asif does not deserve any more chances but Amir is the one who can contribute a lot to Pakistan cricket as he has got brilliant cricketing mind. ALl my best wishes are with Amir as i am desperate to see him in green Cap again :(((((

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I think only amir should be given a chance because he is only 20 years old and he is a brillient left arm fast bowler and pakistan needs a bowler like mohammad amir who can take early wickets and moves pakistan out of trouble.And then pakistan can become the worlds no 1 team.

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    really sad about amir asif and butt but whatwe can do only be patience

  • cricdeep on May 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I hope he is never again allowed to play any form of cricket. and he has the guts to appeal further??

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    He should never be allowed to play cricket again or represent country in anything

  • on May 3, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    HE IS GRET BOWLER I MISS TOWIS AAMKIR ND ASIF

  • on May 3, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I think amir should be given a chance, i mean he realized his mistake admitted what he did was wrong his ban should go on as set but afterwards should be given a chance to perform again.

  • on May 3, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    He was classy but unfortunately he wasted himself for the love of money... very sad to see a real talent out of cricket!

  • A.Shibly on May 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    even if they release & get opportunity to get back to the team will do the same.so better should not give any chances to them.this will be lessons for others

  • on May 3, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    in my opinion he along with amir should be pardoned. They have learned from their mistakes i guess. They should be given another chance. Punishment is not given to destroy someone's career.

  • Legaleagle on May 3, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    All these three convicted players should NEVER BE ALLOWED to play cricket. There are many more talented players that can serve the game of cricket without cheating. We don't need these three players.

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  • Legaleagle on May 3, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    All these three convicted players should NEVER BE ALLOWED to play cricket. There are many more talented players that can serve the game of cricket without cheating. We don't need these three players.

  • on May 3, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    in my opinion he along with amir should be pardoned. They have learned from their mistakes i guess. They should be given another chance. Punishment is not given to destroy someone's career.

  • A.Shibly on May 3, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    even if they release & get opportunity to get back to the team will do the same.so better should not give any chances to them.this will be lessons for others

  • on May 3, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    He was classy but unfortunately he wasted himself for the love of money... very sad to see a real talent out of cricket!

  • on May 3, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I think amir should be given a chance, i mean he realized his mistake admitted what he did was wrong his ban should go on as set but afterwards should be given a chance to perform again.

  • on May 3, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    HE IS GRET BOWLER I MISS TOWIS AAMKIR ND ASIF

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 3, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    He should never be allowed to play cricket again or represent country in anything

  • cricdeep on May 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I hope he is never again allowed to play any form of cricket. and he has the guts to appeal further??

  • on May 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    really sad about amir asif and butt but whatwe can do only be patience

  • on May 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    I think only amir should be given a chance because he is only 20 years old and he is a brillient left arm fast bowler and pakistan needs a bowler like mohammad amir who can take early wickets and moves pakistan out of trouble.And then pakistan can become the worlds no 1 team.