Just seven months into his three-and-a-half-year jail sentence for involvement in spot-fixing, disgraced former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt was today released under the British government’s early prisoner release scheme.
The 27-year-old was jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments during the Lord’s Test against England in August 2010.
Butt, team-mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, and agent Mazhar Majeed were accused of arranging deliberate no-balls in return for money.
Aamer was released in February after serving half his six-month sentence while Asif, jailed for 12 months, was freed in May.
The three players were banned for at least five years by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The scheme under which Butt has been released calls for immediate deportation. If that happens, Butt will not be able to come to England for 10 years.