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Match-fixing trio given jail time

CRICKET: Three of the world's top cricketers were jailed today for their parts in a match-fixing scam that has rocked the sport.

Pakistan's former Test captain Salman Butt, 27, received a 30-month sentence and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, was given a 12-month term behind bars for plotting to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test against England last summer.

Teenage fast bowler Mohammad Amir was jailed for six months after he admitted bowling two intentional no-balls.

The corrupt UK-based sports agent at the heart of the fixing scandal, Mazhar Majeed, 36, was jailed for two years and eight months at London's Southwark Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Mr Justice Cooke said the four men’s actions had damaged the image and integrity of cricket through their actions.

He said they engaged in corruption in a game whose very name used to be associated with “fair dealing on the sporting field”.

The judge told London’s Southwark Crown Court: “‘It's not cricket' was an adage. It is the insidious effect of your actions on professional cricket and the followers of it that make the offences so serious. The image and integrity of what was once a game but is now a business is damaged in the eyes of all."