Pakistan international batsman Nasir Jamshed has been jailed for his part in a spot-fixing scandal for conspiring to offer bribes to professional cricket players during at least two premier league matches.
He was arrested with Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz last February in a National Crime Agency probe.
During the trial in Crown Court, Nasir Jamshed also confessed to the allegations against him.
While giving the sentenced Manchester Crown Court Judge Richard Mansell QC said the fixers, Anwar and Ijaz, both from Sheffield, had engaged in “sophisticated and organised criminal activity” while Jamshaid was “vulnerable to succumbing to the temptation of financial reward”.
Judge Mansell further stated “Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time. If anything it has become worse due to the proliferation in the last decade of hugely popular televised international T20 tournaments in all the major cricketing nations, combined with a huge increase in online gambling.
Players not earning huge sums of money were prone to temptation while the corrupt practice also affected legitimate betting markets and honest punters,” the judge added.
Nasir Jamshed told the court that he had also encouraged fellow cricketers to fix the match.
Yusuf Anwar and Mohammad Ijaz, two detained men for match-fixing, also confessed to the charges against them during the trial and will also be sentenced along with Nasir on February 7.
Remember that Nasir Jamshed has already been given a ten-year ban by the PCB in the fixing scandal.
National Crime Agency arrested British citizen Yusuf Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz two years ago in February.
They were being accused of spot-fixing including Jamshed in Bangladesh and Pakistan T20 cricket matches.
Jamshed has played two Tests, 48 ODI, and 18 T20I.
Shortly after Nasir Jamshed’s sentence, his wife posted on Twiiter that: “Today is the most difficult day of my life as Nasir starts his custodial sentence & I figure out what to tell my 4 year old.”
Today is the most difficult day of my life as Nasir starts his custodial sentence & I figure out what to tell my 4 year old.. I’ve felt the need to write this in the hope that others learn from Nasirs mistakes & no one goes through the pain we have suffered in the last 3 years. pic.twitter.com/fgkkMiglgz
— Dr Samara Afzal (@SamaraAfzal) February 7, 2020