Amid investigations by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Pakistan’s former international cricketer Nasir Jamshed was sentenced to 17 months in prison after spot-fixing activities were enforced in a number of T20 tournaments in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
It was revealed in a statement issued by the NCA on Friday that Jamshed, along with British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz, admitted plotting to spot-fix multiple games in the Bangladesh Premier League in 2016.
Like match-fixing, spot-fixing refers to illegal activity in a sport that is unrelated to the end result but could be betting on. An obvious example of how many no-balls a cricketer would put into a match could be in cricket.
The NCA detailed in a statement: “Using an undercover officer, NCA investigators identified that the group were plotting to fix elements of the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament which Jamshed was due to play in.”
The test batsmen are joining a growing list of cricketers imprisoned for spot-fixing. In 2011, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were sentenced to prison in Britain for trying to hamper their success in a test match against England during 2010.
After being a big player in the well-documented spot-fixing scandal of Pakistan Super League in 2017, the cricketer had already been suspended from competitive play for 10 years in 2018.
Judge Richard Mansell QC, added during the Manchester Crown Court sentencing: “By far the most insidious consequence of these offences is the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of the sporting contest, not simply in the individual match directly affected but in the game of cricket generally.
“Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time.”
After the convictions of Jamshed, Anwar was sentenced to 40 months in prison, while Ijaz was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Dr Samara Afza, the wife of Jamshed, wrote via Twitter: “Today is the most difficult day of my life. I’ve felt the need to write this in the hope that others learn from Nasir’s mistakes.
“Nasir could have had a bright future, had he worked hard and been committed to the sport than gave him so much, but he took a shortcut and lost everything, his career, status, respect and freedom.
“He would have got UK nationality and played county cricket, and he threw his chance away. He would do anything to turn the clock back and not lose everything. I hope all cricketers look at his example as a deterrent against corruption.”