Thursday 3 November 2011 

Cricket World TV - Spot Fixing Trial - Jail Sentences Handed Down

Reaction to the news from Southwark Crown Court where Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Mazhar Majeed were handed jail sentences for their part in the spot fixing case that shamed cricket.

The spot fixing trial lasted 22 days and was brought against the players after allegations made in August 2010 by the News of the World that the four men were involved in a plot to bowl pre-arranged no balls for financial gain during the 2010 Lord's Test against England.

The case has brought cricket into the global spotlight and the players are the first to be jailed following the introduction of the Gambling Act of 2005. The case undoubtedly represents the darker side of the game that goes on - far removed from fans celebrating the feats of legends Sachin Tendulkar and Muttiah Muralitharan or India's World Cup win earlier this year.

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