Reaction to jail terms of fixers

Thu, 03 Nov 12:04:00 2011

Reactions to former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt and bowler Mohammad Asif being jailed for 30 months and one year respectively after being found guilty of taking bribes to fix parts of a test match against England in 2010.

Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir arrives at Southwark Crown Court, London - 0

Pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who pleaded guilty before the trial of his two team mates, was sentenced to six months.

Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif

They deserved this punishment, they had it coming. But now the Pakistan government and Pakistan cricket board should also take action against them.

These convictions will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others in future because cricket should not be allowed to be corrupted by anyone.

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan

I feel very sad today not only for the players but for Pakistan and its cricket. But the fact is that when these players see corrupt people flourishing in our society they think they can get away with anything.

It is a shameful day for Pakistan cricket today. I feel very bad for Amir in particular because he still very young. I think he saw others doing it and thought he could get away with it as well.

Salman Butt's father, Zulfiqar

My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat. I will produce evidence and documents to prove what is really happening in this case.

Former West Indies bowler Michael Holding

I hope this acts as a deterrent for others thinking of doing the same thing, not just in England but in the rest of the world.

Former England all-rounder Ian Botham

We know it is all over the place, we know it is endemic, now is the time to attack it.

Former England fast bowler Bob Willis

This will certainly help to eradicate spot-fixing and match-fixing in the UK, as for the rest of the world I'm not sure.

Former Pakistan captain Moin Khan

It is a sad and tragic day for Pakistan cricket but one hopes it will also result in a new beginning for Pakistan cricket

Former Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam

Today is a black day for Pakistan cricket. I feel for these boys but what they have done they must pay for it. They let their families and nation down, which is terrible.

Former England pace bowler Darren Gough

I'm pleased, I would have liked to see the (sentences) longer to be honest.

Butt and Asif found guilty

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