Jailed Pakistani cricketer may be released early

Salman Butt arrives at court last year for his sentencing. The former Former Pakistan cricketer is set to be out of jail soon, his father claims.Pakistan’s disgraced former Test captain Salman Butt is to be released early from prison in Britain, his father has claimed.

Butt, 27, was jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.

Butt, teammates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, and agent Mazhar Majeed were accused of contriving deliberate no-balls in return for money.

Aamer was released in February after serving half his six-month sentence while Asif, jailed for 12 months, was freed in May.

Butt’s father, Zulfiqar, said his son was being released early.

“We expect him to be released tonight,” he told Pakistan’s private channel Geo.

“My son’s good behaviour has led to the decision and he will be in Pakistan in the next three to four days.”

Butt’s wife and oldest son visited him in jail last month.

The three players were banned for at least five years by the International Cricket Council, which has ordered the Pakistan Cricket Board to rehabilitate the former stars.

Aamer started rehab last week.

The trio has a right to appeal against the ICC ban in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland.

Aamer, who pleaded guilty during the trial, has decided not to appeal but Asif and Butt have hinted that they will challenge the punishment.

The Sydney Morning Herald

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