By Neal Wallace
Disgraced Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt has filed an appeal against his 30-month prison sentence.
The former captain was sentenced last month by Mr Justice Cooke for his role in spot-fixing during Pakistan's test against England at Lord's last year. His lawyer Yasin Patel today (November 8th) confirmed the appeal.
Butt, along with fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were all found guilty of conspiracy to accept corrupt payments and conspiracy to cheat, receiving combined sentences of four years.
Mazhar Majeed, the agent who was secretly filmed by a reporter accepting £150,000 to arrange the scam, was given the longest sentence at two years and eight months.
All three players were banned by the International Cricket Council for five years.
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who won the World Cup with his national side, said the corruption charges were sad for cricket as a whole, and that radical changes need to be made in the sport in order to combat the problem.