Mohammad Asif, the Pakistan fast bowler, has been released from jail after completing half of his one-year sentence for spot-fixing, his lawyers said. He was freed from Canterbury Prison in southeast England on Thursday morning.
Asif, 29, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in November 2011 of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord’s Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010. He is still under a seven-year ban (the last two years of which are suspended) imposed by an ICC tribunal in February last year.
His team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir were also found guilty. While Asif and Butt denied the charges against them in court Amir, who was released in February after serving half of a six-month sentence, pleaded guilty. Butt, who is currently serving a 30-month jail sentence, was banned for ten years (with five suspended), while Amir got five years.
Mazhar Majeed, the agent who was accused of setting up the deal that was uncovered by a newspaper sting operation, was imprisoned for 32 months.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was on Thursday released from a British jail after completing half of his one-year sentence for his role in a spot-fixing scandal.
Asif, 29, was set free from the Canterbury Prison in Southeast England this morning, his London-based law firm SJS Solicitors said.
Asif was jailed in November after Southwark Crown Court in London found him guilty of conspiring to cheat and accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.
The fast bowler is still under ICC suspension and it is not known if he would challenge his seven-year ban (two years suspended).
His lawyer though had indicated on Wednesday that Asif will try to clear his name.
“I look forward to meeting him and helping him in his legal fight to restore the reputation he once had,” Asif’s lawyer Ravi Sukul had said.
The father of former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Asif said his son’s release from prison Thursday had brought an end to six months of pain for his family and backed the paceman to return to the game.
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