Youngster Muhammad Amir, M. Asif, and Salman Butt were being caught by some media in UK exchanging large amount of money from Mazhar Majeed. They were blamed to have spot-fixing in match. Spot fixing is the term which should never ever be confused because both are different. Match fixing is done for whole match but spot-fixing takes place on certain spot or event. Both M.Asif and S.Butt are liable to pass almost seven years in jail. The youngest player who was performing superbly in one day matches and was about to have player of the year award from ICC is the only M.Amir. Amir is of 19 years age only so due to his young age, he is being punished 6 months from UK government and his all appeals to court are cancelled. Amir agreed that he was being pushed by senior players too much and he was under pressure. Both Salman Butt and Amir agreed and confessed their mistakes in court of law. Amir bowled no balls and Butt played a full maid-in over. Asif also bowled no-ball as spot fixing attribute.
In final court, Mr. Justice Cooke explained about players that they all had betrayed their county and have represented their country much badly. They must show sportsman spirit and must act properly according to rules. His words were:
“The image and integrity of what was once a game, but is now a business is damaged in the eyes of all, including the many youngsters who regarded three of you as heroes and would have given their eye teeth to play at the levels and with the skill that you had,” he said.
Cooke further added that: “You, Butt, Asif and Amir have let down all your supporters and all followers of the game. These offences, regardless of pleas, are so serious that only a sentence of imprisonment will suffice to mark the nature of the crimes and to deter any other cricketer, agent or anyone else who considers corrupt activity of this kind, with its hugely detrimental impact on the lives of many who look to find good honest entertainment and good-hearted enjoyment from following an honest, albeit professional sport.”
Cooke declared Mazhar Majeed and Butt as masterminds being all this incident and he blamed former captain Butt for provoking Amir who was a fantastic player and an innocent person from reputable family background. Cooke added that this deal was not being made in Pak tour to England but it was a fixed deal which took place in Dubai between the two persons and Mazhar was highly involved in fixing in India and all other major cricket tours. Lastly, Justice concluded that “It appears that the corruption may have been more widespread than the defendants here before me, and may have permeated the team in earlier days, though I have seen no direct evidence of that,”