Pakistan's former paceman Mohammad Asif is expected to be released from a British jail on May five after finishing half his one-year sentence for spot-fixing in the coursework of the 2010 Lord's Check against England, a mate & cricket coach said Tuesday.
"Asif is due to be released on May five & they was in high spirits when I visited him last month," Mohammad Haroon told AFP from London.
The 29-year-old Asif, along with teammates Salman Butt & Mohammad Aamer, was sentenced in London last November for contriving deliberate no-balls for money in the coursework of the August 2010 Check.
Aamer was released in February after months in jail. Butt, Check captain at that time, was jailed for 30 months.
Mazhar Majeed, the agent for players who was accused of striking the deal, was jailed for 32 months.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the players for a maximum of years.
Haroon said Asif was appealing against both punishments.
"Asif has already appealed against the 12-month sentence & they will also appeal against the ICC ban," said Haroon.
All players have the right to appeal against the ICC ban in the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sports.
Aamer, who pleaded guilty in the London court, last month appeared in an ICC video to warn future players against fixing. Like Aamer, Asif was also regarded as of the quickest rising paceman at the international level.
Before his ban, Asif had taken 106 wickets in 23 Tests. They also had 46 wickets in 36 one-day internationals.