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3rd November 2011: Three Pakistan Cricketers Sent to Jail for Spot-fixing

Cricketnext Staff |November 3, 2018, 8:47 AM IST
3rd November 2011: Three Pakistan Cricketers Sent to Jail for Spot-fixing

The Lord's Test match between England and Pakistan came under the unwanted shadow of spot fixing after News of the World, a British tabloid, ran a sting operation which exposed Mazhar Majeed, a Pakistan player agent claiming to have given money to Pakistani bowlers for bowling no balls on demand.

The then skipper Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were all convicted of taking bribes from Mazhar Majeed, to underperform at Lord's. It was on this day in 2011, a London court found the three guilty.

While Butt and Asif refused to accept any wrongdoing to start with, Amir accepted that he committed a mistake. Having served the ban, Amir returned to international cricket Amir returned to international cricket in 2016 and played his comeback Test at Lord's.

According to the report, Majeed accepted £150,000 to arrange a fix, in which Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif bowled no-balls at specific moments of the match. He also alleged that Pakistan captain Salman Butt and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal were involved, along with three other unnamed cricketers.

The ICC's anti-corruption unit and Scotland Yard began investigations, and in February 2011, Amir, Asif and Butt were handed bans for five, seven and ten years respectively. The sanctions against Asif and Butt had two and five years suspended, which meant none of the three could play sanctioned cricket till September 2015.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
7 6 1 0 12 +0.90
2
NZ
7 5 1 1 11 +1.02
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
7 4 3 0 8 +1.05
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
PAK
7 3 3 1 7 -0.97
7
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 6266 123
2 England 6084 122
3 New Zealand 4455 114
4 Australia 5247 112
5 South Africa 4902 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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