Wednesday 23 November 2011 

Butt And Amir Lose Appeals Against Sentences

Butt And Amir Lose Appeals Against Sentences
Butt And Amir Lose Appeals Against Sentences
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Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir have seen their appeals against the sentences handed down to them for their part in the spot-fixing plot dismissed by the Lord Chief Justice.

Lord Chief Justice Judge upheld the sentences of 30 months for Butt and six months in a young offenders institution for Amir after the former was found guilty and the latter pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to cheat and conspiring to accept corrupt payments.

It was also confirmed during the appeal hearing that Mohammad Asif will be appealing his conviction on both charges.

Neither Butt or Amir was present at the hearing, which was presided over by Judge, Mr Justice Royce and Mr Justice Globe.

Butt's legal team argued that the sentence was out of proportion to the crime and claimed that three no balls were not likely to affect the outcome of the match.

They also stated the case that his sentence was disproportionate to that of Mohammad Asif, who was jailed for one year.

Amir's legal team attempted to argue that he should have been handed a suspended sentence and should therefore be released immediately.

However, Judge decreed that there were no grounds to shorten either man's sentence, noting in his summary that the corruption was 'carefully prepared' and was not a 'sudden temptation' for any of the players.

He added that the cricketers had betrayed their team, their country and their sport and that the game would be 'impoverished' if the players were able to walk free.

The three players and agent Mazhar Majeed were implicated in the spot-fixing plot, which saw no balls delivered at pre-arranged moments of the Lord's Test against England in August 2010 following ain investigation by the now-defunct News Of The World.

They were found guilty of breaching the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption code and were banned from the game for five years with Asif and Butt also receiving additional suspended sentences of two and five years.

© Cricket World 2011