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Butt, Asif found guilty in spot-fixing trial

Published Nov 01, 2011 12:38pm


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Former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif arrives at Southwark Crown Court in central London on November 1, 2011. -Photo by AFP

LONDON: Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were convicted Tuesday of fixing parts of a test match in the most serious corruption scandal to hit the sport in more than a decade.

Eleven years after South Africa captain Hanse Cronje was banned for life for taking bribes from bookmakers, a jury at London's Southwark Crown Court found former captain Butt and bowler Asif guilty of both counts of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments as part of a betting scam.

The 12 jurors were unanimous in their decision that both players were guilty of conspiracy to cheat, but could only reach a 10-2 majority verdict on the charges that the pair took money to do so.

The jury took 16 hours to rule that Butt was guilty of both offenses and that Asif had deliberately bowled no-balls against England in August 2010. But it needed another three hours to decide by a 10-2 margin that Asif was also guilty of the more serious charge of accepting payment for the fix.

Butt, Asif and Fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who had already pleaded guilty to both charges, could be jailed for up to seven years when they are sentenced later this week.

''Match-fixing is not just unsportsmanlike but is a serious criminal act,'' Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sally Walsh said. ''The actions of these two top international players went against everything that was expected from someone in their positions and they failed to take into account their fans of all ages and nationalities when deciding to abandon the values of sportsmanship so unconditionally.

''People who had paid good money to see a professional and exciting game of cricket on the famous ground of Lord's had no idea that what they were watching was not a true game, but one where parts of the play had been predetermined for cash.''

Prosecutors said Butt and Asif conspired with sports agent Mazhar Majeed to ensure the delivery of three intentional no-balls at Lord's. Asif and Amir overstepped by such a margin that match commentators at the time remarked with incredulity at the sloppiness of their play.

''This was cheating pure and simple,'' Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Superintendent Matthew Horne said. ''They let down everybody that bought tickets and they let down children when they are role models for those very children that are playing such a special game.''

The 27-year-old Butt, Asif and Amir have already received lengthy suspensions from an International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal in Doha for fixing parts of the test match.

Butt was banned for 10 years, five of which are suspended, Amir was banned for five years and Asif was given a seven-year ban, with two suspended.

Whereas Cronje _ who died in a plane crash in 2002 _ received immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for his admission of fixing, the Pakistan players still faced a court case after their sporting punishment.

The allegations originally surfaced after Majeed was recorded by an undercover reporter working for the now-defunct News of the World tabloid saying that the three Pakistan players had accepted money to fix betting markets.

Majeed was secretly filmed accepting 150,000 pounds ($242,000) in cash from the journalist.

Butt said he had ignored the requests from Majeed, his agent, and the 28-year-old Asif _ who reached No. 2 in the ICC's test bowling rankings the month before the Lord's test _ said he had only bowled the no-ball at precisely the time Majeed said it would be delivered because Butt had told him to run faster moments before bowling.

Judge Jeremy Cooke previously told the London jurors to accept that the 19-year-old Amir was involved, with his guilty plea not revealed until after the verdicts.

The jury initially retired at midday Thursday but reported to Cooke on Monday that it was unable to reach an unanimous decision.

Criminal prosecution for sports corruption remains rare in Britain, with arguably the most notable case being the imprisonment of footballer Tony Kay 47 years ago.

The one-time England international was convicted of conspiracy to defraud over allegations he bet on his Everton side to lose a match. He served 10 weeks of a four-month sentence and never again played professionally.

Pakistan captain Salim Malik and a teammate became the first cricketers to be banned for match-fixing in 1999, with Cronje and former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin banned the following year after Cronje admitted to forecasting results in exchange for money from a London bookmaker.

The ICC created its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit in response to the incidents. Widespread corruption is widely held to have been stamped out, but isolated cases still occur.

West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels was banned for two years in 2008 over allegations he passed on information to a bookmaker.



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muneeb ghani Nov 01, 2011 05:07pm
Shame on them.
naeem Nov 01, 2011 05:12pm
It is a shamefull day for Pakistan. In history of Cricket no cricket captain of any country has ever been found guilty of conspiracy to cheat in any court. Under Pakistan constitution Salman Butt should now be tried in Pakistan Supreme Court for TREASON.
J Nov 01, 2011 05:14pm
Poetic justice. I really hope this verdict serves a good lesson to our current players and up comming potential fixers.
Muhammad Tahir Jamal Nov 01, 2011 05:26pm
Its really sad. They lost their cricket career and Pakistan lost its best players.
Amer Nov 01, 2011 05:27pm
It is a real disappointment but why this is happening to Pakistanis. There are players from many team involve why they are not been treated. The only reason is the PCB is a poor board and have no power or respect infront of any Cricketing board.
Dave Nov 01, 2011 05:36pm
They need to do time for this so that an example is set to other potential cheats.
Sam Nov 01, 2011 05:37pm
This is a lesson for everyone. Justice is served.
Omair Nov 01, 2011 05:37pm
Another day of shame for us the unfortunate Pakistanis. Just goes to show how deep rooted corruption has become in our society and has completely disintegrated the moral fabric. With a bittersweet feeling, I welcome the decision as a judicious and undiluted sentence would send the right message to all. I hope for a day when our own courts also sentence those guilty of corruption unequivocally and somehow stem this rot.
Shawn Nov 01, 2011 05:39pm
Why are you worried about their career?
Aamir Nov 01, 2011 05:43pm
Hop this chapter closes for good
Moon Nov 01, 2011 05:57pm
One of the worst day of Pakistan Cricket
Asim Khan Nov 01, 2011 06:06pm
Shame on them…This should be a lesson for everyone in Pakistan that don't run after money. "Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction". Erich Fromm
M Aslam Nov 01, 2011 06:13pm
This is a good thing for the future of pakistan cricket.
Jimmy Warsi Nov 01, 2011 06:13pm
Sure it's a shame but let's look at the bigger picture. Justice has been served rightly. These guys as I refrain in calling them sportsmen have no mercy or ethics in their books. They must now be tried for treason in Pakistani Court.Their property and assets need to be confiscated.If these shameless guys can sell their motherland they can go to any extent for few pounds and dollars. Shame to them.
aftab Nov 01, 2011 06:23pm
Corruption penetrating swiftly among cricket players as they follow strictly the LINES of President(Cricket Board).We feel shame to address them as our national players.
Agha Ata Nov 01, 2011 06:42pm
Why are these words so close and rhyming? Name, Fame, Blame, Shame? And, how easily they can overlap. :(
sami Nov 01, 2011 06:46pm
Personally, I feel that those guilty of fixing in cricket/sports should be penalized. I am happy to see these cheaters pay the price. As Pakistan cricket fans, we should not feel hurt, rather we should feel relieved that the cheaters are out of the team.
Greg Nov 01, 2011 06:57pm
Because it was a 'sting' operation organised by News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Read this >>>>> "The allegations emerged after Mazher Mahmood, a journalist with the now defunct News of the World newspapaer, approached Majeed in August last year pretending to be a wealthy Indian businessman seeking international cricketers for a tournament".
Zahid Nov 01, 2011 07:00pm
Excellent News!!!! I couldn't be more happier. I am in the UK and remember waking up at 3:00 am just to watch Pakistan beat Australia at Sydney in January 2010...they only needed to take 2 Australian wickets. It later transpired that the Pakistani players had fixed the match to lose it. I was devastated after that loss. I hope these cheaters are punished. They have brought shame on the Pakistani people and have absolutely destroyed Pakistan cricket.
Zahid Nov 01, 2011 07:06pm
Are you saying its OK to cheat, as long as you don't get caught? .....Just because players from other countries are doing it and don't get caught... What's wrong is wrong! and should be punished accordingly.
Abhinav Upadhyay Nov 01, 2011 07:09pm
The only reason of their corruption is money. Money is a natural attraction. Had PCB paid them well, let them play in IPL, maybe then they hadn't committed such crime. This is all because of the PCB. PCB is fully responsible for this day. PCB is focused on its cheap politics and corruption. They don't care about the players. There are many fans of some Pakistani cricketers in India and I am really sad to see the doomed fate of such excellent players.
Samir Nov 01, 2011 07:29pm
Shame on them !! they need to do time "..long hard time", as they have betrayed the trust of all the pakistanis and pakistanis lliving abroad and brought shame to Pakistan ..they should never be allowed to play Cricket and they should be stripped of all the finances .. so that a lesson is taught to others ...SHAME !!
arshad ghaffar Nov 01, 2011 07:32pm
it is a great news for pakistan cricket and pakistani future they ll think hundred times before doing a match or spot fixing.these players should b banned for lifetime and should b imprisoned 4 lifetime with a huge fine on them.
Aazam Khan Nov 01, 2011 07:51pm
There is a very healthy atmosphere what I am seeing as part of the future for Pakistan. All these elements in Cricket, Politics, Govt Offices ... should be targeted at the highest level and we would like to request media and courts, to expose them with real facts not hypes and they should be punished. They are responsible for their act against the country. Allah SWT have blessed us with un-believale talent so some fair deserving canadidate will replace their spots. Corruption should be rooted out at all levels. Its time to mobilize the idea.
Imad Nov 01, 2011 08:05pm
Awesome. This can be a great day for Pakistan cricket if future and current fixers change their behavior based on this.
Rai Shahzad Haider ( Nov 01, 2011 08:05pm
This is what they deserve. They have no place in My Country's cricket team.If they ever returned to Pakistan team, I will never watch Pakistan cricket matches.
Dr Afzal USA Nov 01, 2011 08:06pm
They are not to be trusted and a life ban should be imposed with a large fine of money. They are weak cricketers hungry for money, not their country.
Ahmad Nov 01, 2011 08:11pm
Fellow players like Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz will be wiping their foreheads and thinking, "Thank God! That was close!" When will PCB and Pakistani courts look into these mysterious matches where Pakistani team managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory . . . the Sydney test against the Aussies was a disgrace. Over forty years I've seen Pak team pull some unbelievable stunts, now it's quite clear what was going on in the dressing rooms and the hotel lobbies. A few more players should be going inside along with Butt and Asif, because it was mostly a team effort. I remember Kamran always shouting "Shabash, Shabash" from behind the stumps, even when it was a no ball!
SAK Nov 01, 2011 08:22pm
So what if there are cheats in other teams - it doesn’t lessen their crime. Perhaps the cheats in other teams are not so stupid nor as greedy as them - to be caught out too. Shame on them - and on us by association.
Reluctant Indian Nov 01, 2011 08:23pm
This was destined to happen...but would be good lesson for other Pakistani players. However, what about Amir, has he been released of all the charges?
Maqsood Nov 01, 2011 08:43pm
They hurt the dignity of Pakistani nation and should be tried for treason against Pakistan, Board chairman who was responsible for all the affairs to Pakistan cricket team should be punished for his failure.
Asif Nov 01, 2011 08:52pm
If you look closely, even the camera men in this photos are disgusted. One has the look of "only $250,000?? Not even a $1,000,000 shame on you."
Tariq Nov 01, 2011 09:05pm
Its a great day for Cricket and Pakistan. These are those who sell themselves and their country for money... Shameless and gutless...
Asif Nov 01, 2011 09:13pm
Naeem, You are wrong about "No cricket captain of any country has even been convicted" Do not forget South African captain. Also, it is blown out of proportions just because players are from Pakistan. I did not hear a front page news when South African captain was caught or Shane warne was convicted of using drugs. We live in a very bias world and our people does not make things easy either. Secondly, if you think we have caught everybody I would suggest you need think again. The king of corruption is sitting as a president of Pakistan and if we cannot find him guilty of what he has done to this country we should not try these people either, as they are mere pawn in a chase game. Asif Asif
Manny Nov 01, 2011 09:34pm
Don't worry after these cheater's, I'm sure there is lot of talent and we will have far better player than these. I will thank england for doing justices.
Fahd Nov 01, 2011 09:39pm
Indeed, a terrible day for Pakistani Cricketers and their fans. I agree that both players deserve this punishment and should be made an example for others; however, I beg to disagree that "corruption" only exists in Pakistani Cricket. I can assure you that Indian Cricket Mafia is perhaps the most lucrative money making machine ever existed. Shouldn't justice prevail there? Shouldn't this be brought to the lime light and expose other Indian or International players who are actively involved in this crime? I ask for "justice" that is across the board - not just for Pakistanis.
Eli Nov 01, 2011 09:47pm
The most embarrassing part of this episode is that it all happened under BCCP's nose and they had no clue!! This case can augurs well for Pakistan Cricket by prominently highlighting the court verdict to impart lessons to present cricketers on consequences of such acts and thus preventing others to fall in that pit; somehow I'm not convinced that these are the only three fish guilty in the entire pond.......
J Nov 01, 2011 09:59pm
One of the best day for Pakistani cricket.Good lesson for PCB, cricketers if they are wise!
Ahmed j Nov 01, 2011 10:00pm
Dont forget Kamran Akmal's several dropped caught behinds and a missed runout in one match in australia. He got away with that.
J Nov 01, 2011 10:01pm
Two wrongs do not make a right!
abdulaziz Nov 01, 2011 10:20pm
Many in Pakistan will continue to support Salman and Mohammad. I hope they will come back to play.
Ali khan Nov 01, 2011 10:30pm
It is not their career but what Pakistan cricket has lost. Bowling skills and talent like Amir and Asif's does not grow on trees. I would say by far the dual were among the finest fast bowlers in the current era if not the best. We might see Amir back and I am pretty sure he will have desire & vengence to defy the odds and prove himself. I won't not be surprised if his stellar performance shuts people up about his past mistakes.
Muhammad Nov 01, 2011 10:32pm
Well I guess they only did what their masters are doing.
Pak_munda Nov 01, 2011 10:38pm
Amer, you are ok with Pakistanis cheating. Your main problem seems to be with why Pakistanis are being caught. Thats sad. I'm glad they were caught. And I think everyone else should be too.
Ali Adil Khan Nov 01, 2011 10:50pm
Justice has prevailed. These cricketers have no ethics or morals. I still remember in 1996 watching Pakistan in the World Championship games, when Pakistani players, including Inzemamul Haq dropped catches and ran out one after the other, and lost the matches. I was told to look closely in TV action replays that the players were catching with their hands closed and getting deliberately run out. From that moment on I had decided not to watch any cricket match and had lost all respect for the Pakistan Cricket Team. Toronto, Canada
James Nov 01, 2011 10:50pm
Justice is served but there are still some unbelievable people who instead of condemning them are questioning why it is happening to Pakistanis alone..... Just goes to show how deep rooted corruption is, that people think it is not right to be punished if others are also suspected of doing it...
faiz Nov 01, 2011 10:56pm
Yes, they should all be tried in Pakistani courts.
aliya Nov 01, 2011 11:01pm
Shame full day for all Pakistanis. But what do expect. Our cricketers are only following the footsteps of our leaders. Our President Asif Zardari and X President Shariff spent time in jail. Now our cricket captain is following there footsteps. These people have set good examples to our youngsters. Shame on you BUTT. I do agree with Naeem and hope that the Supreme Court in Pakistan puts you on trial for Treason.
javed qamer Nov 01, 2011 11:36pm
Verdict has been given by the London court and two of the pakistani cricketers Salman and Asif have been found guilty. While the third one Amir is awaiting verdict. I am sorry about the trio. But they got what they deserved. However we should not forget where more of the blame lies. By that I mean PCB who should have worked hard to educate their players about the perils of gambling and most importantly Intikhab Alam and the security official. What were they doing during the tour. It was their job to sheperd the players. They failed miserably. I hope a commission is et up to investigate them and PCB Javed Qamer Virginia
Ahmed Anwar Amin Nov 01, 2011 11:49pm
Who said them best? they would have been the best cheaters but not players
iyer Nov 02, 2011 12:06am
pakistan needs ANNA HAZARE!
Rashid Cheem Nov 02, 2011 12:09am
Why is Pakistan being targeted here? So they fixed a few no-balls but that did not change the outcome of the game. If they made a few bucks doing it so be it. By our standards this is no big deal. Let's suppose if they had fixed the match and Pakistan would have loste, even then England should not have been impacte. Why are English so concerned? I feel we are trapping these young boys. Our board is very effective in handling match fixing compared to other boards. A great example is that we have banned Kaneria even though county cricket is allowing him to play. So it is bogus that PCB is easy on match-fixing. We should make sure that next time English team visits Pakistan we make their captain and key bowlers go through the court proceedings in front of our CJ. I am sure they will get convicted as well.
SP Nov 02, 2011 12:15am
By blaming other players/boards, you can not wash away what was done by the three players in question. I welcome the decision and hope it serves as a deterrent to future generations
Aimal Nov 02, 2011 12:16am
It is not a question of whether the board is rich and poor. It is important that the board must be upright and strict to manange their players well and keep the players on correct and honest path. There are other countries whose boards are not that rich, say Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc but such guilty verdicts have not been reported in their cases.
Usman Ahmad Nov 02, 2011 12:27am
They brought the shame to their already struggling country.No body should have any mercy on them.In fact they should be hanged for the crime they committed in the beloved sport.They ran after money.I hope they get the maximum punishment and make sure they never step in to the play ground to show their faces.
Mir Ali Nov 02, 2011 12:28am
I don't care! I already stopped watching cricket.
Ricky Nov 02, 2011 12:59am
When Jury was not able to give verdict unanimously Judge had no right to force Jury to reach unanimous verdict.The case would have been dropped.Judge is Biased,prejudice.
Sk Nov 02, 2011 01:21am
I sure do hope that these three go ahead and reveal the names of anyone else who was involved, so that this menace is removed from cricket. The sooner the better
YASIR Nov 02, 2011 01:39am
I don't think this is a shameful day for pakistan and its cricket but is defeinately shame for those who had done this crime and cheated our country for thier greed.Crime sould not pay off .This case is eye opener for all those who cheat their own countries. Pakistan has lot of talent.Dont you see that young sportmen have alreay replaced them , no one will miss traitors .
afzal khan Canada Nov 02, 2011 01:42am
It is a good lesson for those who play with fire because what goes around comes around. My friend greed kills. This is a lesson for everyone to think twice before anyone wants to be come rich easy and fast.Shame on them.
George Rix Nov 02, 2011 01:52am
I have been following this with interest and I was at Southwark Crown Court in London today, I managed to make this short video of Mohammad Asif leaving, he was getting a lot of 'Press'!..
Rev. Eldrick Lal Nov 02, 2011 02:08am
This is a inglorious chapter in the history of Pakistani cricket. Totally ignominious defeat
Fawad Nov 02, 2011 02:09am
Shameful, esp. with respect to Salman Butt, who is educated and comes from a well of background. He should have known better and been a positive influence on the young Amir.
majid canada Nov 02, 2011 02:19am
Pakistan has a new chairman now and its his moment to shine by filing a case against these cheats in court of law in pakistan for treason and create an example for young talent for years to come.
parveez uk Nov 02, 2011 02:28am
For your information this is not the end, Pakistan still have a few crooked cricketers, to name a few. Aqbi Javaid,Ejaz,Kamran brothers. This is for sure. I am not a betting man, but if I was I would bet my house on it. Butt, Amir, and Asif should never play cricket for Pakistan. Dont feel sorry for these greedy players, they were earning good money, and has made a lot of money, let them be out cast.
parveez uk Nov 02, 2011 02:30am
how right you are
Naeem Nov 02, 2011 03:06am
Yes shameful true, so lets have them do community service, and have them sweep the streets back home.
bari Nov 02, 2011 03:07am
Pakistan cricket captain is suppose to be a role model for young Pakistani children. Salman Butt has betrayed these children trust. Shame on him.
Zakia Sultana Nov 02, 2011 04:01am
The punishment is too harsh for the crime. They should just be not allowed to play cricket for a year or so. The PCB and the government should protest against the verdict and do more to help its own people.
bgood Nov 02, 2011 04:10am
The Entire Staff of News of The World should be sent to jail for inciting a crime, and those swho have legalized the crime of betting should be penalized heavily as well, and betting be banned. If this is not done then this whole verdict is totally injust.
riaz Nov 02, 2011 04:11am
Shame on them. They must also be tried in Pakistan for damaging Cricket in the country. I believe PCB must give some ethics lesson with cricket lesson to players.
abid akbar Nov 02, 2011 04:23am
there assests should be confisticated as they have betrayed whole pakistani nation.after serving sentence in uk they should be charged for treason. they played with emotions and people of pakistan.
khalil qureshi Nov 02, 2011 04:24am
You could bring laurels for Pakistan, instead you brought shame. Now reap what you sow. I hope other idiots will learn lesson from this saga and refrain from doing such shameful acts.
Faiz Muhammad Nov 02, 2011 04:36am
I am soo hurt and shameful in front of my coworkers, Indian, British, American etc. I live in New Jersey and I am a proud Pakistani, but these low lives have given nothing but an insult to my nation. Pakistan Government should put them in JAIL.
Bills Fan Nov 02, 2011 04:45am
Because they are not only traitors and dumb enough to get caught. They should be locked up and brought to shame in front of the people of Pakistan along with our corrupt leaders.
khalid Nov 02, 2011 05:13am
Great, it took a foreign court to convict these criminals! If our own criminal justice system wakes up after this episode, they should now invesitage all others in this scandal. All the names mentioned during this trial must be banned until cleared by thourgh investigation. We must get rid of everyone involved in this corruption. I hope these three must be tried for treason in Pakistan as well. Today is the worst day for this land of pure...Now is a time for everyone to wake up and deal with corruption at every level... Don't just stand by and be a part of this corrupt system. Raise your voice against corruption!
Impala Nov 02, 2011 05:39am
That is why. They are Pakistanis. Others are known to have committed same acts. But these are Pakistanis.
Sajid khan@ Toronto Nov 02, 2011 05:46am
It's time we grow as a nation and take accountability of our actions. Why do we always get defensive and think of conspiracy theories that the e entire world is after us. In media and in public we were defending these guys - we defended Afridi's action of damaging the pitch and biting the bal. no matter how big a player is we should kick them out- we encouraged such behaviors for years and finally wepayingaying the price. We defended Wasim Akram , Waqar and even Miadad... We as fans and as Pakistani always covered up such behaviors and may be that's why a young talent like Amir at such a young age got involved and sow what felt untouchable as he knew over history. I hope we learn and wake up and learn to say NO to such corrupt players no matter how big they beloved pakistanis wake up and say no to corrupt players and politician as we are going to be isolated in the world. We need to change and correct ourselves to be a better nation
Kamran Khan Nov 02, 2011 06:37am
I think they all should be banned from PCB for Life. They brought disgrace to Pakistan and they get punished for that.
Zaheer Nov 02, 2011 06:40am
whatever happened in England is done but we need to work out how these things happened, whether these players should also be reprimanded in Pakistan in order to teach a lesson to all the sportsman that here in Pakistan we take all these issues seriously and won't let them go freely because they played for the country and must be held responsible and penalised/punished for the defamation they put on the country's name.
kanwal Nov 02, 2011 07:08am
a country whose president is known as mr 10% what do you expect from crickters ?i feel sorr amir such a waste of talent!!!!
H.S. Bedi Nov 02, 2011 07:12am
Why bemoan? Corruption is the way of life in India and Pakistan. Without corruption you cannot survive. If their trick had been found out in Pakistan no charges would have been brought. It was their ill luck they were so naive as to be caught and that too in England.
Muthu Kumar Nov 02, 2011 07:28am
I wish Pakistanis show they have self respect and love for their country by hitting these guys with tomatoes and rotten eggs when they come back..... Regards, Muthu. Chennai. India.
Ralph Nov 02, 2011 08:18am
Give them all a prison sentence to show the cricketing world players that this kind of behavior would not be tolerated. Believe me, the cheats will change their habits.
nazk Nov 02, 2011 09:30am
@Naeem, Azharuddin? Hansi Cronje? Saleem Malik ? Don't know about any court, but they were all captains and they were all found guilty of cheating
nazk Nov 02, 2011 09:31am
Why don't you start with Azharuddin. We will follow.
Abdul Nov 02, 2011 10:06am
You said it......
Ray Nov 02, 2011 10:11am
Mr Sajid, Spot on, especially about the two W's. But we've never heard of Miandad's involvement with the bookies? Can you please clarify where you got this information from?
Amyn Lakhani Nov 02, 2011 11:17am
Modern day cricket has changed drastically in all spheres of the game. So much money is involved now that it is humanly impossible to keep the temptations away. Hansie Cronjie case!!. It is prevalent in all countries, but Pakistani cricketers were caught. Feel sorry and sad to lose such talented crickters. But, losing good cricketers is not new to us. Due to Kerry Packer, we lost great batsman and bowlers and send an inexperienced team to play in England under the leadership of Bari. I just feel and wish and pray that the court allows Aamir to play soon. He is such a great talent!!
VK Nov 02, 2011 11:58am
Instead of feeling shameful, why dont you go ahead and declare that these guys should be punished very seriously as they have bought this disgrace to the country....if somebody starts discussing this topic, immidiately let them know that I do not consider tese guys pakistanis!
Alam Nov 02, 2011 12:11pm
Justice is served and a good lesson for all to never ever commit such heinous and immoral crime.
Usman Aftab Nov 02, 2011 12:30pm
We Pakistanis fully support the court verdict! All the three should be handed the worst possible punishment! Indeed a shameful day for all of us!
aamir Nov 02, 2011 01:29pm
and pls don't forget Ajay Jadeja :)
jkr Nov 02, 2011 01:52pm
also don't forget the ball biting, ball tampering from Afridi, Shoaib, Waqar and others (i've lost count) The one thing I have to say - aamir was an exceptional find ! That is a loss to international cricket
Syed Nov 02, 2011 03:27pm
@Zakia Sultana, The punishment is just. Read the above comments please, esp the one by Sajid Khan.
farhan Nov 02, 2011 06:22pm
punishment is not harsh at all. but similar treatment should be meted out to others as well if they are found guilty. these three are just the tip of the iceberg....lot more cleaning needs to be done if they really want to rid this sport of corruption...but this will never be done...too much money involved