Tuesday, 20 March 2012 - 8:06
"I was a victim"; Mohammad Amir



Mohammad Amir, in his first comments on the spot-fixing affair that disgraced Pakistan cricket, has presented himself as a victim of a plot organised by his captain at the time, Salman Butt, and the agent, Mazhar Majeed, and pleaded for forgiveness.

Amir was jailed for six months after pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat at gambling involving the bowling of deliberate no-balls in a Test against England in 2010.

His guilty plea meant that unlike his co-conspirators, Butt and Mohammad Asif, his fellow fast bowler, he had no chance to tell his story, and indeed did not face the challenge of cross-examination.

Butt was sentenced to two-and-a-half years, Asif was jailed for one year, and Majeed received a sentence of two years eight months.

Butt and Amir subsequently lost appeals against the sentence.

Amir's rendition suggests that the spot-fixing plot was more sophisticated than previously thought.

Amir was released from Portland Young Offenders Institution in Dorset on February 1 after serving half of a six-month sentence.

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