ECB charges Kaneria, Westfield for spot-fixing

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Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 17:42 [IST]
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Spot-fixing: Kaneria, Westfield charged

London, Jun 22: Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria was found guilty by England and Wales Cricket Board and has been charged for his allegations on spot fixing alongwith the English county cricketer Mervyn Westfield during ECB's hearing on Friday.

ECB official has said that Kaneria's evidence 'did not stand up to scrutiny and is plainly lies'.

The ECB was in no doubt as they knew Kaneria had influenced the Essex cricketer Westfield.

The charges are related to a CB40 match featuring Durham and Essex in 2009, when county cricketer Mervyn Westfield was given 6,000 pounds in exchange for conceding 12 runs in the very first over of the match. He had pleased guilty to opne charge and was released.

While ECB's disciplinary panel concluded that Kaneria acted as a recruiter or spot-fixer, approached a few potential targets at Essex, cajoled and pressurised Westfield knowing that he was young and vulnerable, was also present while Westfield received the payment for conceding 12 runs in the first over of the match.

Both the cricketers were charged by ECB in the month of April. Incidently, the verdict has come just a day after Pakistan cricketer Salman Butt who was released from UK jail after serving a seven month sentence.

Kaneria who has played 61 Tests, 18 one day internationals, was never charged by the Police on grounds of insufficient evidence.

Westfield became the first county cricketer in England to be charged for spot-fixing and was jailed for four months in the month of February this year. He was convicted on one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.


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