5 Nov 2011

Black day for Pakistani cricket

7:32 am on 5 November 2011

The jailing on Thursday of three Pakistani Test cricketers for spot-fixing during a Test match against England last year, is being called a black day for Pakistani cricket. Little sympathy was expressed for them.

Former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt, fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir and their agent Mazhar Majeed were all sentenced to prison terms.

They were arrested after the fourth Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010.

Newspaper commentaries in Pakistan on Friday condemned their actions.

The sentences dominated the newspaper headlines and other media.

The BBC reports little sympathy was expressed for them.

There were also calls for new laws targeting corruption in sport.