2 Nov 2011

Cricketers found guilty of match rigging

8:27 am on 2 November 2011

Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have been found guilty of rigging part of a test match against England last year.

Former captain Butt and opening bowler Asif were charged after a tabloid newspaper alleged they took bribes to bowl deliberate no-balls at pre-arranged times.

Another opening bowler Mohammad Amir had already admitted his part in the scam.

A jury at London's Southwark Crown Court unanimously convicted Butt and Asif of conspiracy to cheat.

The jury also found them guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

The court was told the "spot fixing" scam was orchestrated by Butt and sports agent Mazhar Majeed.

Majeed claimed he had seven players from Pakistan's national side working for him and had made "masses of money".

The men will be sentenced later this week with Butt and Asif facing up to seven years in jail or large fines.

All three players have already been banned from playing by the International Cricket Council for a minimum of five years.