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By Alexander Baron     Nov 3, 2011 in Crime
London - On Tuesday, two Pakistani cricketers were convicted at Southwark Crown Court of corruption; today, they and a third were sentenced.
Earlier this week, two leading Pakistani cricketers were convicted at Southwark Crown Court of organised corruption - report and background here. This morning, they, a third player and an agent/go-between were sentenced.
The agent Mazhar Majeed pleaded guilty in September but due to reporting restrictions, this could not be revealed until Wednesday of this week.
Today, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were sentenced by Mr Justice Cooke to two and a half years and twelve months respectively. The 19 year old Mohammed Amir was given 6 months' youth detention; as the instigator, Mazhar Majeed received the longest sentence, 2 years 8 months.
The Judge explained the reasons for the sentences in considerable detail.
Although only four people were involved in this case - Butt, Asif, Mohammad Amir (Mohammad Aamer), and Majeed - it is widely acknowledged that what the world has seen here is only the tip of a very large iceberg.
Curious though it may appear to Joe Sixpack that anyone should want to bet thousands of dollars on the outcome of a cricket match, much less on a specific ball, these were serious offences. In spite of there being an element of entrapment in this operation, one should not feel a smidgeon of sympathy for these men who have prostituted their talent, and brought shame on both their sport and their country, especially when they are - or were - paid so lavishly, travelled the world in style, and were idolised by their countrymen.
The world is now watching and waiting for the cricket authorities especially but not only in Pakistan, to get their act together, and put and end to this sort of thing once and for all.
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