Cricket: Pakistan 'spot-fixing' case timeline

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Timeline of the spot-fixing case against Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif:


August 29

- The News of the World newspaper says it paid 150,000 pounds (230,000 dollars) to agent Mazhar Majeed in return for details about the timing of three no-balls in Pakistan's fourth Test against England at Lord's.

- The report says Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif delivered blatant no-balls at the exact points in the match agreed with the alleged fixer.

- The bowlers and Test captain Salman Butt are interviewed by Scotland Yard detectives.

- News of the World publishes photograph of Majeed counting wads of banknotes given to him by a reporter posing as a front man for a betting syndicate.

August 31

- Butt, Aamer and Asif summoned to meet the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, and the Pakistan high commissioner, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, in London.

September 2

- Salman Butt, Aamer and Asif dropped from the two Twenty20 matches against England.

- The three vow to clear their names, according to Hasan, who adds they are pulling due to the "mental torture" of the scandal.

- International Cricket Council (ICC) charges Butt, Aamer and Asif with various offences under its anti-corruption code. All three provisionally suspended.

September 3

- Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, tells reporters: "There is a really arguable case to answer".

September 4

- Pakistan one-day captain Shahid Afridi apologises for the row, saying: "On behalf of these boys -- I know they are not in this series -- I want to say sorry to all cricket lovers and all the cricketing nations."

September 5

- News of the World releases footage of Pakistan Test player Yasir Hameed in which he claims team-mates "were doing it (fixing) in every match".

September 17

- Police pass "spot-fixing" file to the Crown Prosecution Service, England's state prosecutors.

November 4

- Pakistan suspends the contracts of Butt, Asif and Aamer.

December 13

- Butt denies the allegations, saying: "I have not done anything such as this in all my life or cricketing career".


January 11

- After six days of evidence, a three-man independent anti-corruption tribunal, meeting in Qatar, delays announcement of its findings until February 5.

February 4

- British prosecutors charge Butt, Aamer, Asif and Majeed with conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

February 5

- ICC bans Butt for 10 years, with five suspended, Asif for seven years with two suspended and Aamer for five years straight after being found guilty of corruption.

September 9

- Aamer pleads guilty to British police charges against him at a pre-trial hearing.

October 5

- Trial of Butt and Asif begins at Southwark Crown Court in London. The pair plead not guilty. Prosecutors say the case "reveals a depressing tale of rampant corruption at the heart of international cricket".

October 17

- Butt takes the stand, telling the court he ignored requests by Majeed to fix matches. "I was absolutely not interested in what he was talking about," he said.

October 27

- Jury sent out to consider their verdicts.

November 1

- Butt and Asif found guilty by unanimous verdict of conspiracy to cheat at gambling and by majority verdict on conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.

November 3

- Butt, Asif and Aamer due in court for sentencing.


© 2011 AFP

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