Pak ‘spot-fixing’ trio’s trial in England to begin on Tuesday

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2011, 12:41 PM IST

London: Banned Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who are accused of spot-fixing during a Test match against England last year, will go on trial in London on Tuesday.

According to a leading daily, Butt, Amir and Asif are due to appear at Southwark Crown Court charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat.

The players’ agent Mazhar Majeed will go on trial alongside them charged with the same offences, which carry maximum sentences of seven years and two years in prison respectively.

The corruption charges relate to allegations that Majeed accepted 150,000 pounds from a third party to arrange for the players to bowl ‘no balls’ on August 26 and 27, 2010, during Pakistan’s Fourth Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.

Accepting corrupt payments is an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906 and carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Cheating is an offence under the Gambling Act 2005 and carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Earlier, in February, an independent International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal had banned the three players for a minimum of five years each.