Butt appeals his prison sentence

CRICKET: Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has filed an appeal against a 30-month prison sentence for match fixing, his lawyer said today.

His solicitor confirmed an appeal had been lodged against the sentence handed down at London’s Southwark Crown Court last week.

Butt, 27, was jailed for his role as the “orchestrator” of a plot to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord’s Test against England last summer.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar’s sparkling 76 secured India’s five-wicket victory in the first test against West Indies on Monday, while prolonging his agonising wait for his 100th international century.

Vangipurappu Laxman (58 not out) also chipped in with a half-century as India, resuming on 152 for two, reached the 276-run victory target after lunch, with the loss of five wickets.