Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif, who was found guilty of match fixing in 2010, was released from jail today, Express News has reported.
Asif was kept in a jail compound for international convicts a few miles outside of London at Canterbury. According to his lawyer Ravi Gill, Mohammad Asif’s visa has expired and so an appeal to extend the visa has been made but no final decision regarding the visa has been confirmed yet.
The infamous trio, Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt and Mazhar Majeed were all given jail terms of varying lengths by a court in London in October 2011 for being involved in spot-fixing during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have both been kept at Canterbury jail, whereas Mazhar Majeed has been placed in an open jail in London where British citizens are jailed.
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 Mohammad Amir for five years.
According to his lawyer, Mohammad Asif’s case will be appealed and the ICC decision banning him from playing will also be appealed. He further stated that appeal documents have been prepared. He may stay with friends/family while in England, however, that all depends on his immigration status said Gill.
Mohammad Asif father was interviewed by our correspondent where he expressed his angst against the sentence allotted to his son. He stated that the decision was made without any evidence and it was an unfair decision. He also stated that there was no reason for Mohammad Asif to discontinue playing cricket and that he will continue to play.