Mohammad Asif. -File photo by AP

LONDON: Former Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif was released from a British prison on Thursday after completing half of his one-year sentence for spot-fixing, his lawyers said.

Asif, 29, was jailed in November after he was found guilty of conspiring to cheat and conspiring to accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

The player was freed from Canterbury Prison in southeast England on Thursday morning, his London-based law firm SJS Solicitors said.

His lawyer Ravi Sukul told a private television channel on Wednesday that Asif could stay in England while he explored the possibility of launching an appeal against his conviction.

“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,” said Sukul.

Salman Butt, Pakistan's Test captain in 2010, and promising young bowler Mohammad Aamer were also jailed on the same charges.

Aamer was released in February after three months in jail while Butt is serving a term of 30 months.

Mazhar Majeed, the agent for three players who was accused of striking the deal, was jailed for 32 months.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the three players for a minimum of five years. All three players have the right to appeal against the ICC ban in the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Updated May 03, 2012 10:44am

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Dr. Salaria,Aamir A.
May 03, 2012 01:18pm
Hopefully he must have learnt his lessons the hard way by now. Let's pray that from now onwards, he will endeavor hard to refrain from getting involved in any type of betting, spot fixing or illegal practices in cricket or otherwise directly or indirectly, implicitly or explicitly, knowingly or unknowingly for the rest of his life.
Farhan
May 03, 2012 03:01pm
We can keep a convict prime minister, than why not welcome a person who has got the punishment he deserved. He should be given a chance to rebuild his life.
Dr. Salaria,Aamir A.
May 03, 2012 02:57pm
Hopefully he must have learnt his lessons the hard way by now. Let's pray and hope that from now onwards, he will endeavor hard to refrain from getting involved in any type of betting, spot fixing or illegal practices in cricket or otherwise directly or indirectly, implicitly or explicitly, knowingly or unknowingly for the rest of his life.
Sij
May 03, 2012 06:52pm
Maybe thats M. Asif in disguise!
saythetruth
May 04, 2012 01:47pm
Come on give him a chance. Everybody make mistakes in life. He made mistake paid the price now it time to bring him back to the team. Don't judge others maybe one day you will get judged.
Mohammed Yahya USA
May 04, 2012 06:33am
Mr. Alvi u r 100% right it is not a good news actually he should be tried in Pakistan as well & put behind bars for a long time, to me Asif & other 2 r traitors.
Shahid Saleem
May 04, 2012 03:33am
i agree with Mr. Alvi. all three of them have tarnished the image of our country. they may be excellent cricketers but what they have done is inexcusable. there should be no welcome for them and i hope our cricket authorities never allow them to play for pakistan again. there are many other talented and clean cricketers available to represent our country.
Waqas
May 03, 2012 04:16pm
Dear Mr. Alvi in pakistan all convicted peoples are rewarded with high posts like PM of the country President of Pakistan also jailed for 11 years Nawaz Sharif also jailed but all are awarded and even non of the above people served jail doing very serious crime against our own counrty do u have any accountablity no one has then Asif Aamir and Butt they are very small in front of thoes who took the country to diaster and proudly says they are patriot peoples :(
arman khan
May 03, 2012 01:37pm
this is good news ? welcome back. asif
Muhammad Alvi
May 03, 2012 01:50pm
In what way this is a good news, Mr. Khan? The guys committed a very serious crime against their own country. Perhaps in your own opinion, it is not a crime. You want to explain?
mohammed ali jawaid
May 03, 2012 11:53am
i still thinks this case was not legally correct as all subsequent occurrence was he result of a unauthorized fake (sting) operation. it could have been legal if properly authorized and carried out by some govt. agency.