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Pakistan Cricketers Sentenced to Prison in Match Fixing Case

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Nov. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Three Pakistan cricketers and a sports agent were sentenced to as much as two years and eight months in jail by a U.K. judge after being convicted of accepting bribes to cheat in a Test against England at Lord’s last year.

Former captain Salman Butt, 27, received two years and six months in prison, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 29, got one year after both men were found guilty this week following a three-week trial at Southwark Crown court. Mohammad Amir, 19, pleaded guilty before the start of the trial and received a six-month prison sentence.

The trio were caught following an undercover sting by defunct U.K. tabloid the News of the World for plotting to bowl no-balls during the match.

Butt’s agent, Mazher Majeed, was sentenced to two years and eight months.

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