Fallen hero: Mohammad Asif to be released on May 5

Published: May 1, 2012

Asif is set to be released on May 5. PHOTO: AFP

Once Pakistan’s star cricketer and now fallen hero, Mohammad Asif, is scheduled to be released on May 5, after serving his sentence in the United Kingdom, The Times of India reported on Monday.

According to his lawyer Ravi Gill, Asif will decide when to return home after his release, “Asif will complete his jail term on May 5 and all formalities have been completed for his release.”

The infamous trio, including bowlers Asif, Mohammad Amir and batsman Salman Butt, were given jail terms of varying lengths by a London court in October 2011 for being involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.

They had been found guilty of bowling no-balls on predetermined deliveries in exchange for vast amounts of money. The fix had been made between Mazhar Majeed, who was close to the players, and an undercover News of the World reporters. The undercover reporters managed to video tape the entire deal.

Asif, 29, was jailed for 12 months while Butt was given a 30-month sentence. All three had appealed against their sentences but were rejected by the Lord Chief Justice.

In February 2011, an International Cricket Council (ICC) tribunal had banned former captain Butt for 10 years (the last five years of which have been suspended should no further offences happen), Asif for seven years (with last two years suspended should no further offences happen) and Amir for five years.

However, Asif has lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against his ban in January 2012.

“We have heard Asif is being released this week. Whenever he returns to Pakistan, the terms and conditions of the ICC ban will remain on him and he will not be allowed to take part in any cricket related activity in Pakistan,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said.

A family member of Asif said they wanted him to return home as soon as he was released as they were eager to meet him.

Since his debut in 2005, Asif took 106 wickets in 23 tests , 36 wickets in 48 one-day internationals and 13 wickets in 11 Twenty-20 internationals.

Meanwhile Amir, the youngest of the three, who was released in February and returned home in March after completing a six month jail term at a youth detention centre in the UK has decided against appealing against his five year ban imposed by the ICC.

While he cannot participate in any cricketing activities, including being barred him from using the facilities at the National Cricket Academy by the PCB, the board has decided to use him in their fight against corruption and warning the country’s young cricketers about the effects of indulging in spot-fixing or match-fixing.

Reader Comments (15)

  • curious
    May 1, 2012 - 2:46AM

    Not really a fallen hero as match fixing is very big business especially in India and this poor fellow is just a small fry. The big well connected crooks don’t get caught. Indians are way ahead of Pakistanis.

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  • Ahmed
    May 1, 2012 - 2:49AM

    No one cares.Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    May 1, 2012 - 3:44AM

    What hero? The man is a proven thug and has been punished for his crime—– Come on, let’s keep the matter in its correct perspective——-for goodness sake don’t try to paint cheats and thugs as our heroes.

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  • Omar
    May 1, 2012 - 3:46AM

    @curious:
    no wake up

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  • champa
    May 1, 2012 - 3:59AM

    India is mother of match fixing, really big business here but sadly only Pak players were targeted and trapped in this matter.

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  • Pungi
    May 1, 2012 - 4:39AM

    A news about a Pakistani player has been taken from Indian Newspaper in Pakistani Newspaper…Y is our media too slow?
    Similarly when our electronic media gives breaking news about any news in WP,CNN,BBC or NYT it makes one think y on earth we r giving so much importance to their interpretation when they dont even bother about what we say or what we think… Until we start giving importance to our own things our own news pieces and anlaysts our own culture and adoptations we cant really succeed…

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  • Pollack
    May 1, 2012 - 6:12AM

    I am sure veena Malik will be outside the jail entrance welcoming him after his release…NOT…

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  • Sid
    May 1, 2012 - 9:21AM

    @Pungi:
    I am happy this news is by and large ignored by the media in Pakistan. Why should anyone care for such a person who committed such a disgraceful act.

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  • Noble Tufail
    May 1, 2012 - 9:59AM

    No matter Indians do it or not … we ought not to do it.

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  • Sarcastically yours
    May 1, 2012 - 10:07AM

    Welcome Dear…

    We have convicts running this country.. please feel at home.

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  • Nasir
    May 1, 2012 - 11:54AM

    @Sarcastically yours: best comment i have ever seen on Express Tribune

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  • Truth_Prevails
    May 1, 2012 - 2:08PM

    @Sarcastically yours: You rock man! ‘a thousand recommends’

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  • May 1, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Lets hope, he has a taste of his medicine and now he should help the Upcoming Youth of Pakistan with his skills. Atleast this is what he can do for his Nation now.

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  • Fawad
    May 2, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Law and order are for small thieves only. No law for the ones who have looted our country for long time.

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  • Peer Sain
    May 2, 2012 - 4:07PM

    @curious:
    Right like that Gavaskar always got away and so did Kapil Dev.

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