No Eid celebrations for jailed cricketers' families

It has been reported that Mohammad Asif could be shifted to an open jail where he can enjoy some privileges Getty Images

Lahore: Nov 7, 2011

The families of jailed Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer, are not celebrating Eid-ul-Azha this year as an atmosphere of gloom prevails in their home.

“Tell me how could we celebrate Eid at this time when our son has been sent to jail after being framed by match-fixers,” father Zulfiqar Butt said.

The senior Butt said that there was gloom and sadness in the household.

“Everyone is missing him and we are naturally worried about him. So how can we celebrate Eid when my son is in jail in another country,” he said.

Zulfiqar said he was consulting lawyers and still planned to hold a press conference soon to reveal more details of the case that will show why the family believes Salman is innocent and was trapped in the spot-fixing scandal.

Sister Khadija said everyone was missing Salman and were concerned about his welfare.

“What is bothering us that since he was jailed he has not called us or spoken to us. There is no Eid for us we just pray he comes back home soon and he is safe there,” she said.

Three pakistani cricketer Salman, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif and their agent were jailed for different terms by a British crown court last Thursday for their roles in the spot-fixing scandal.

The elder brother of Aamer, Ejaz also said there would be no Eid celebrations for the family and they hope he is released soon.

“How can we celebrate when day in and out we keep on seeing and hearing all sorts of things about AAamer. It is heartbreaking for the family and we just hope he is released soon because he is still so young,” he said.

19-year-old Aamer was sent to jail for six months after he admitted his role in the scandal before the trial begun and also apologised during the sentence hearing. (PTI)