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Families stand by jailed Pak cricketers

cricket Updated: Nov 03, 2011 23:56 IST

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Families of jailed Pak cricketers Salman Butt, Mohd Asif and Mohd Amir stood by them Thursday, saying they are innocent and have been implicated in the spot-fixing case.

Butt's father Zulfiqar said that his son was made a scapegoat. "My son has been implicated and made a scapegoat. I'll produce evidence to prove what is really happening in this case," Zulfiqar was quoted. Butt's sister Rubab said the cricketer's mother and wife, who delivered the couple's second child Monday minutes before the cricketer was convicted, were not well.

"His (Butt) wife, ever since she had the surgery with the baby - they haven't been eating, they keep crying… there's tremendous stress… He's my only brother, and he's in a foreign country, he's all alone," said Rubab. Butt's other sister Khadijah's marriage in December has been postponed.

Amir's mother Nasim Akhtar cried and said that her son was innocent and blamed Butt for the incident.