There were many instances when cricketers faced legal issues and, in some cases, were sentenced to jail.
Cricketers who got sentenced to jail ft. Imran Khan
1. Imran Khan (Pakistan): Imran Khan has faced legal challenges, including a 10-year sentence for leaking state secrets, in addition to a previous three-year jail term for corruption. Khan, ousted by opponents in 2022, has denounced all charges as politically motivated. The conviction under the Secrets Act has significant implications, occurring just before general elections, where he is barred from standing.
2. Mohammad Azharuddin (India): The former Indian cricket captain was banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2000 for his alleged involvement in a match-fixing scandal. While his ban was later lifted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2012, he did face legal troubles during that period. Unlike Imran Khan, Azharuddin got out of jail after a certain period of time.
3. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif, and Mohammad Amir (Pakistan): These Pakistani cricketers were involved in a spot-fixing scandal during a Test match against England in 2010. In 2011, Butt was sentenced to 30 months in prison, Asif to one year, and Amir to six months. They were also banned from playing cricket for a certain period of time. Their sentence was not as long as Imran Khan’s, but it was enough to create trouble for them.
4. Lou Vincent (New Zealand): The former New Zealand cricketer was banned for life from all cricket in 2014 after admitting to match-fixing offenses. While he didn’t serve jail time, his involvement in corrupt activities led to severe consequences for his cricketing career.
5. Chris Lewis (England): The former England cricketer was sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2009 for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United Kingdom.