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'My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat'

Last updated on: November 3, 2011 20:44 IST

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Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and two of his teammates -- pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad
Amir -- were sentenced to jail for their role in the spot-fixing scandal, making them the first cricketers ever to
be imprisoned for corruption.

Here's how the cricketing world reacted to the sentencing.

- Sentencing remarks of Justice Cooke

- Judge slaps fines too on convicted trio

- The spot-fixing trial

- How the spot-fixing saga unfolded

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.


Image: Rashid Latif

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'Hope this acts as a deterrent for others thinking of doing the same thing'

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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.


Image: Michael Holding

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'It is a sad and tragic day for Pakistan cricket'

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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.


Image: Moin Khan

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'Would have liked to see the sentences longer'

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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.


Image: Darren Gough

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