4 Oct 2011

Pakistan cricketers go on trial for match rigging

5:51 pm on 4 October 2011

Three Pakistan cricket players have gone on trial in London charged with spot-fixing during a Test match against England last year.

Former captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer are charged with conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat.

The players' agent Mazhar Majeed will go on trial alongside them charged with the same offences, which carry maximum sentences of seven years and two years in prison respectively.

The charges relate to allegations of deliberately bowling no-balls during England's fourth Test against Pakistan at Lord's in London in August 2010.