London: The former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has been released from prison a mere seven months into his 30-month sentence, his lawyers have confirmed.
In November 2011, Butt and his team-mates Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed at Southwark Crown Court for their roles in the plot to bowl deliberate no-balls during the Lord's Test in August 2010. Asif and Aamir had been handed out 12 and six-month sentences, but were released earlier year.
"Salman Butt has had to endure a great deal of suffering, strain, pressure and humiliation over many months both personally and on behalf of his family," Butt's lawyer, Yasin Patel, said in a statement.
"His return back home will allow Salman to spend time with his family and relatives. He will get to see and hold his son whom he has not seen since his birth in November last year. He can now return to his beloved homeland, start to rebuild his reputation and begin the long process in his efforts to return back to top-level cricket."
The ICC’s anti-corruption tribunal had advised the game's governing body and the Pakistan Cricket Board to rehabilitate the three players, who have all been banned from the game for five years. Amir recently appeared in a ICC anti-corruption educational video, warning future players of the pitfalls of spot-fixing.