Pakistan cricketers are found guilty of cheating

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Mohammad Asif (L) and Salman Butt

Two Pakistan cricketers have been found guilty of planning to cheat during Test matches against England.

Former Test captain Salman Butt, 27, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, plotted to bowl deliberate no-balls in the Lord's Test last summer.

It was part of a scam so other people could bet on the game and make money.

A jury at Southwark Crown Court found both Asif and Butt guilty of planning to cheat and get paid for it.

A third cricketer, fast bowler Mohammad Amir, 19, admitted his part in the cheating scam before the court case began.

He pleaded guilty to both charges of planning to cheat and get paid for it.

The players were charged after a tabloid newspaper accused them of taking bribes to bowl deliberate no-balls.

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Fast bowler Mohammad Amir admitted he had been a part of the scam

A no-ball is when a bowler steps past the line, called the popping crease, behind which the ball must be bowled.

The court heard the players plotted with UK-based sports agent Mazhar Majeed, 36, to fix parts of the Lord's Test last August.

Three deliberate no-balls were bowled during the match between Pakistan and England from August 26 to 29 2010.