Mohammad Aamer (left), Salman Butt and Mohammad Aasif (background) were the cricketers involved in the 2010 spot-fixing case © Getty Images
Mohammad Aamer (left), Salman Butt and Mohammad Aasif (background) were the cricketers involved in the 2010 spot-fixing case © Getty Images

London: Jan 18, 2015

England’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is reportedly re-examining the infamous spot-fixing convictions of three Pakistan players jailed in 2011 on account of concerns over evidence submitted by the investigative journalist Mazher Mahmood.

According to The Guardian, the conviction of former captain Salman Butt and pace bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were among around 25 under deliberation due to concerns over Mahmood’s evidence .

Mahmood, also known as the Fake Sheikh, had attracted severe criticism for his methods from various corners as the trial of the Tulisa Contostavlos had collapsed last July.

Earlier in the week, the CPS had dropped the charges against 13 footballers who were arrested over spot-fixing allegations after a sting by Mahmood, saying that they would face no further action, the report added.

Amir, former captain Butt and Asif were all banned for different terms in February, 2011 for their involvement in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal in England with Aamer given a minimum ban of five years.