Pakistan’s cricket took a severe blow when three players, Asif, Amir and Salman Butt, were involved in spot fixing during the Lord’s test against England in 2010.
On this very day in 2011 the trio was sentenced to jail after being tried at the London court. The then skipper Salman Butt was handed a sentence of 30 months, Asif for a year while Amir received a sentence that made him stay behind the bars for six months. The players were found guilty of receiving payments for bowling deliberate no-balls and cheating. The agent of these players Mazhar Majeed was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months for planning the entire thing.
Before the sentences the trio were already banned by the ICC by their ant-corruption unit and consequently barred from playing international cricket. Butt was banned for 10 years, Asif for 7 years while Amir was banned for 5 years. Although it was conditionally lifted on September 2nd 2015 but the ICC made it clear that they will be keeping a close eye on those players. They were allowed to participate in domestic tournaments and are supposed to follow a strict plan provided to them for rehabilitation.
The incident brought shame on the nation and former players and general public called for a revamp in Pakistan cricket to clean up the mess. Former cricketer and 1992 world cup winning captain Imran khan, during that time, while talking to a local media channel said that
“It is a shameful day for Pakistan cricket today,”
The Pakistan cricket board said in an official statement considered it a “sad day” for Pakistan cricket
“Instead of having pride in playing for their country, these players chose to disappoint their supporters, damage the image of their country and bring the noble game of cricket into disrepute. There is little sympathy in Pakistan for the sorry pass they have come to.”
Moving on it is absolutely necessary that a proper plan is formed to avoid such incidents from happening in the future. Although the board has come a long way after that unfortunate event as they have taken steps to raise awareness about fixing and conspiracies in cricket but there is still room for improvement.