London: The jury deciding on the alleged spot-fixing trial at Southwark Crown Court involving Pakistan players Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were sent home for the weekend on Friday afternoon having failed to reach a verdict after two days of deliberation.
The judge, Justice Cooke, released the jury at just after 4.00pm on the 18th day of the trial. They will resume for a third day of deliberations on Monday morning at 10.00am. The jury were issued with the customary details from the judge about not discussing the case with anyone outside of the jury room.
Asif's lawyer Alexander Milne QC also stood to inform the judge that the two players had been issued with emergency 14-day visa extensions as their existing ones were due to expire at midnight on Monday.