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Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt has been found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments in London's Southwark Crown Court.

Paceman Mohammad Asif has been found guilty of the lesser charge of conspiracy to cheat but the jury has been sent out by Mr Justice Cooke to reconsider the second charge which has a maximum custodial sentence of seven years.

Conspiracy to cheat holds a maximum custodial sentence of two years.

Butt, 27, and Asif, 28, plotted to bowl three deliberate no-balls in last summer's Lord's Test against England.

The jury of six men and six women heard over three weeks of evidence that there are huge sums to be made by fixing cricket matches for gambling syndicates and took over 16 hours of deliberation before making their decision.

The pair were charged after an undercover reporter recorded sports agent Mazhar Majeed, 36, boasting of how he could arrange for Pakistan players to rig games for money.

The agent was secretly filmed accepting £150,000 in cash from the journalist as part of an arrangement to rig games.

The allegations emerged after the News of the World's former investigations editor, Mazher Mahmood, approached Majeed in August last year pretending to be a wealthy Indian businessman seeking major international cricketers for a tournament.

Sentencing will take place later this week. (eurosport)
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