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Leading figures in sport have been giving their reaction as three Pakistan cricketers face possible jail terms for their part in a "spot-fixing" scam following the verdict of a corruption trial in London.

Former captain Salman Butt, 27, and fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, were both found guilty of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments. Another bowler, Mohammad Amir, admitted the charges before the trial.

They plotted to deliberately bowl no-balls during a Lord's Test match against England last summer.

Following the verdict, leading cricketing figures said the scandal had "tainted" cricket and they were concerned that match-fixing in the sport could be even more widespread than was already known.

Calls were also made for the International Cricket Council to carry out more in-depth investigations into fixing allegations. And the Met Police and Crown Prosecution Service said the trio had let down the cricketing world and its fans.
Dickie Bird, retired international umpire

Mr Bird said betting scams were "like a cancer" and would "eat the game away".

"I won't say there have been shortcomings but they have got to look at it now and get a grip on world cricket," he said.

"I never thought I would live to see this day. Never. I cannot think this is happening to our game."
Angus Porter, chief executive, Professional Cricketers' Association

The Pakistan match-fixing scandal has had a "major impact" on world cricket, according to the body representing past and present first-class cricketers in England and Wales.

Mr Porter said: "There are still a lot of questions about the extent to which any players in the game are being exposed and rooted out and, indeed, whether this is a one-off linked to a newspaper sting.

"It has been an important case, but nobody should take the view one way or another that this case has been a major breakthrough. It was, in my view, a one-off case."

He added: "We should not take that as meaning that we have got a grip on the situation. We should not feel reassured by a case like this.

"My hope is that everybody continues to work together to ensure the game is as free of corruption as it can be."

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