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Cricketers guilty of fixing scam

Two Pakistan cricketers have been found guilty of spot-fixing.

Former captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif were both found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

The players deliberately bowled no-balls during a test match against England at Lord’s last summer.

A third player, young bowler Mohammad Amir, had pleaded guilty to the charges before the start of the trial, although this could not be reported until the conclusion of the case. The jury was not informed of his plea.

All three men are facing potential prison terms.

Sally Walsh of the Crown Prosecution Service said the players had "brought shame on the cricket world" and had "jeopardised the faith and admiration of cricket fans the world over".

She added that the players’ fixing “went against everything expected of someone in their position and they failed to take into account their fans of all ages and nationalities when deciding to abandon the values of sportsmanship so unconditionally".
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