PROSECUTORS said they were “considering options” yesterday after a cricket club disputed evidence that helped an abusive husband avoid a jail term for beating his wife.
Manchester Crown Court gave local cricketer Mustafa Bashir a suspended sentence, ordered him to attend a relationships workshop and made him pay £1,000 costs last week for assaulting wife Fakhara Karim, admitting to hitting her with a cricket bat and forcing her to drink bleach.
The court was reportedly told that Mr Bashir would get a professional contract with Leicestershire County Cricket Club if he was spared custody.
Leicestershire said it was “bemused” by the reports.
“The club have never spoken to Mustafa Bashir or an agent, nor offered a contract to the player,” it said.
A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: “We are aware of recent developments relating to this case and are currently considering our options.”
Crown courts are allowed to alter a sentence within 56 days of it being made under “slip rules” in response to new information or other errors.