London: Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Amir was given permission at a London court on Friday to appeal against his six-month jail sentence for his part in the spot-fixing betting scam.
The fast bowler, 19, was sentenced to serve six months in a British young offenders' institute last week after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.
A judge at the Court of Appeal refused Amir bail, but granted him permission to appeal against his sentence. Judge Kathryn Thirlwall said any appeal should be heard by November 29.
Former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, 27, who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, is also seeking to appeal. It is expected that their cases will be heard together, if Butt is also granted permission to appeal.
Butt, Amir and fast bowler Mohammad Asif were jailed at Southwark Crown Court in London on November 3 for their part in fixing elements of the August 2010 Test match against England at Lord's. Amir admitted involvement in pre-arranging no-balls for shadowy South Asian betting rings. Cricket agent Mazhar Majeed also pleaded guilty. The four will serve half their sentences before being released on licence.
The fixing rocked the world of cricket after it was uncovered by the News of the World, the Rupert Murdoch-owned British tabloid which was shut down over a phone-hacking scandal in July this year.