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Pak pacer Mohammad Asif released from jail

Last updated on: May 03, 2012 16:35 IST

Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif was released from a British jail after completing half of a one-year sentence for his role in the spot-fixing scandal.

Asif, 29, was set free from the Canterbury Prison in Southeast England on Thursday morning, his London-based law firm SJS Solicitors said.

Asif was jailed in November after the Southwark Crown Court in London found him guilty of conspiring to cheat and accept corrupt payments over deliberate no-balls bowled during the Lord's Test against England in August 2010.

- The spot-fixing trial

The fast bowler is still under ICC suspension and it is not known if he would challenge his seven year-ban (two years suspended).

His lawyer, though, had indicated on Wednesday that the bowler will try to clear his name.

"I look forward to meeting him and helping him in his legal fight to restore the reputation he once had," Asif's lawyer Ravi Sukul had said.

Then Pakistan Test skipper Salman Butt and talented young fast bowler Mohammad Amir were also jailed on the same charges.

Amir was released in February after three months in jail while Butt is still serving a 30-month sentence.

The agent of these players, Mazhar Majeed, who was exposed through a sting operation by now defunct News of the World, was also handed a 32-month sentence.