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Mohammed Asif loses appeal against spot-fixing conviction

A court in London has rejected by disgraced fast bowler Mohammad Asif against his conviction for spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2011.

Asif, 30, was jailed along with his then-captain Salman Butt and young fellow paceman Mohammad Amir after they were found to have conspired to fix individual elements in during the Third Test of the tour at Lords.

They were caught after a sting operation by the News of the World newspaper.

Judges at the Court of Appeal in London declared they were “not persuaded” to overturn the ruling in regards to Asif.

In addition to their jail sentences, all three players were handed lengthy playing bans by the International Cricket Council; Asif was banned for  seven years from all forms of cricket.

He was released from jail in May last year after serving half of a 12-month sentence.

Butt was jailed for 30 months after being found guilty of performing a key role in the scheme in which illegal payments were made to deliberately bowl no-balls during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.

He is banned for 10 years by the ICC, with five years of that ban suspended.

In April, both Butt and Asif lost their appeals at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to have their bans from cricket overturned.

Amir, who was 18 at the time of the offence, was banned for five years and sentenced to six months in a young offenders’ institution. He did not appeal against his ban.



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