Danish Kaneria admits guilt in Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case after six years

first_imgDanish Kaneria has admitted his role in a spot-fixing case involving his former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield, more than six years after he was banned by the England and Wales Cricket Board.Westfield was jailed for four months in 2012 after pleading guilty to accepting a payment to concede a set number of runs off an over in a limited-overs match against Durham in 2009. Kaneria, the former Pakistan leg-spinner who had repeatedly denied any involvement in trying to engineer particular situations in a game, was banned for life by the ECB for “cajoling and pressurising” Westfield into accepting money. Read more Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Cricket Support The Guardian news England beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in third ODI and take 2-0 series lead Essex Reuse this content The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook “My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012,” the 37-year-old told al-Jazeera. “I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you cannot live a life with lies.”Kaneria remains Pakistan’s most successful spinner with 261 wickets in 61 Tests. He last played for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge Test in 2010, and has not appeared in any first-class game since March 2012.“I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex teammates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans. I say sorry to Pakistan,” Kaneria added. “If the ECB and ICC and other bodies would give me a second chance I can help to educate young people in cricket, teach them that if you do wrong you are finished like me.” Since you’re here… Pakistan cricket team Share on Messenger Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitterlast_img