London: The prosecution told the jury in the alleged spot-fixing trial that teenage fast bowler Mohammad Amir was being singled out as "the sacrificial goat" as both defendants Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif have each acknowledged that Amir must have participated in bowling fixed no-balls.
The comment regarding Amir came on the 14th morning of the trial, being heard at Southwark Crown Court in central London. The prosecution was giving its closing speech, before Butt's lawyer Ali Bajwa QC was to follow with Asif's lawyer Alexander Milne QC to close their defence on Tuesday.
In their cross-examinations, former captain Butt and fast bowler Asif each conceded that the prosecution's evidence seemed to suggest guilt on the part of Amir, now aged 19. But Jafferjee picked up on this tone by declaring the two senior players were looking to lay any blame in the case elsewhere.