Asif will be released from prison after serving a sentence of one year
Disgraced Pakistan bowler, Mohammad Asif will be released from prison on May 5, after completing his sentence for being involved in match-fixing.
Asif’s lawyer, Ravi Gill stated that the bowler will make his own decision upon when he plans to return back home.
“Asif will complete his jail term on May 5 and all formalities have been completed for his release,” he said.
Asif, along with teammates Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt, were all given jail terms for their involvement in the match-fixing allegations that shocked the cricketing world in 2010.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption tribunal also slapped all three players with five-year bans as well.
Mohammad Amir, who was the youngest of the three players to be involved, returned home to Pakistan in March after spending six months in jail, and stated that he would not appeal against the five-year ban that was handed down.
An ICC board official, said: “We have heard Asif is being released this week. Whenever he returns to Pakistan, the terms and conditions of the ICC ban will remain on him and he will not be allowed to take part in any cricket related activity in Pakistan.”
Asif, who is currently 29, was given a one-year sentence, while Butt, who was the alleged mastermind of the whole match-fixing allegation, was jailed for 30 months.
All three players had appealed their jail terms, but they were rejected by the Lord Chief Justice.
Since returning home to Pakistan, Amir has kept away from participating in any cricket, and the ICC have also banned him from using the facilities at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.