Chronology of Pakistan’s spot-fixing scandal

Chronology of events in the spot-fixing case which resulted in five-year bans for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.


August 28, 2010

— British tabloid News of the World reveals three Pakistani players and their agent Mazhar Majeed are under  spot-fixing investigation for arranging no balls to be bowled to order in the Lord’s Test against England, revelations which shock the cricket world


September 2

— The International Cricket Council (ICC) provisionally suspends the three players for violating its code of conduct


October 31

— The ICC rejects appeals by the players against their suspension


February 5, 2011

— An ICC tribunal led by Michael Beloff bans Butt from all cricket for 10 years with five years conditionally suspended, Asif for seven years with two years conditionally suspended and Amir for five years


November 1

— Southwark Crown Court in London finds Butt and Asif guilty of “conspiracy to cheat” and “conspiracy to accept corrupt payments”. Butt is sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and Asif one year. Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial was sent to a youth offenders’ institution for six months. Their agent Majeed was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison


April 14, 2013

— Asif confesses to spot-fixing, apologises


April 17

— Butt and Asif lose appeal against bans in the Court of Arbitration for Sports


Jan 29, 2015

— ICC amends its code of conduct and allows Amir to resume playing in domestic cricket


June 18, 2015

— Butt finally accepts his guilt, apologises for his acts


August 19, 2015

— ICC lifts sanctions against Butt, Asif and Amir. It is announced that Butt and Asif will be free to resume their cricket careers on September 2


September 2

Butt and Asif free to resume playing at club level