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Two Pakistani Cricketers Lose Appeal of Sentences in U.K. Court

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Two Pakistani cricketers convicted of taking bribes to cheat in a Test match against England lost their attempts to shorten their sentences.

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Igor Judge, refused the appeals of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, 27, and fast bowler Mohammad Amir, 19.

Butt was appealing his sentence of 30 months, and Amir was asking for a reduction of his six-month jail term. They were sentenced earlier this month. Also convicted was another player Mohammad Asif, 28, and Mazher Majid, an agent. The group was caught in a newspaper investigation last year.

The current sentences allow for all four to serve half their sentences before being released for good behavior. Asif got one year and Majeed received two years and eight months.

They 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. The players became the first sportsmen to be convicted of cheating in the U.K. since three soccer players were jailed for throwing matches in 1964.

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