Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 25 November 2014

Jury chosen for 'cricket fix' trial

The jury has been selected for the trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt over spot-fixing allegations
The jury has been selected for the trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt over spot-fixing allegations

Potential jurors in the trial of two Pakistani Test cricketers accused of spot fixing have been asked whether they or their families work in the gambling industry.

They are also likely to be ruled out from sitting on the jury if they or their relatives earn money from professional cricket or have ever been employed in journalism, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, 26, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, are charged with conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments during their country's tour of England last summer.

The pair, who deny the charges, are accused of conspiring between August 15 and 29 last year to accept money in return for arranging for deliberate "no balls" to be bowled during the Test match between the two sides at Lord's in London.

The allegations stem from an investigation by Mazher Mahmood, former undercover reporter for the now-defunct News of the World.

The judge, Mr Justice Cooke, told a group of 30 men and women from whom the 12 jurors will be selected that the trial could last up to five weeks.

The jury is expected to be sworn in after lunch and the prosecution could open its case against Butt and Asif later on Tuesday.

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