Kaneria's alleged partner in crime makes comeback

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    LONDON: Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield has been cleared to return to English reserve level and minor counties cricket a year ahead of schedule after serving a ban for corruption, it was announced on Thursday.

    The pace bowler was banned from all cricket for five years and sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to a spot-fixing offence in a 2009 one-day fixture against Durham, an incident which later led to a life ban for former Essex and Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

    Westfield’s suspension runs until February 16, 2017 and he cannot play first-class cricket until that date.

    But part of a previously all-encompassing ban has been relaxed by England’s Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) in an acknowledgement of the now 27-year-old Westfield’s involvement in anti-corruption programmes.

    “The Cricket Discipline Commission today announced that the former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield will be allowed to play Minor Counties and First Class Second XI cricket from the start of this season,” said a statement.

    Westfield was charged along with Kaneria after accepting £6,000 ($8,619) for agreeing to concede 12 runs from his first over in a county 40 overs per side match in September 2009 — even though Durham only scored 10 runs.

    Kaneria was later given a global life ban from cricket after being found guilty of enticing Westfield into spot-fixing — a process whereby specific incidents in a match, rather than the result itself, are fixed for underhand financial gain.

    Westfield was allowed to return to club cricket two years ago and has played for the Frinton-on-Sea team in Essex for the last two seasons.

    He has also spoken to young players at England’s Professional Cricketers Association’s pre-season rookie camp and at a recent event in South Africa which tried to educate cricketers on the threat of corruption.

    “The CDC Panel ruled that Westfield must continue to serve the remainder of his five-year ban from first-class county cricket because strong deterrent sentences continue to play an important role in the wider fight against corruption in cricket,” the CDC statement also said.

    However, CDC chairman Gerard Elias added: “The panel concluded that Mr Westfield has made a real and substantial effort in this area which reflects his continuing remorse and a genuine desire on his part to repay cricket for the harm caused by his actions in 2009.

    “In these exceptional circumstances, we shall allow him to participate in minor counties cricket and first-class county second XI cricket from February 17th, 2016.

    “However, he will not be able to participate in first-team cricket for any first-class county until his original sentence expires on February 16th, 2017.”

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    DANISH KANERIA LASHES OUT PCB AND ECB

    Pakistan's Banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and England Cricket Board (ECB) after it was announced that fast bowler Mervyn Westfield has been allowed to play lower-level cricket with one year of his spot-fixing ban remaining.

    According to India Today report, Kaneria said, “It just gets tougher to bear all this. On one hand the Pakistan board is not willing to even listen to me and now the ECB has allowed Westfield permission to play again”.

    “It is strange to me that I have not even confessed to any spot fixing nor has any solid evidence been shown against me. They never even put me on trial. But a person who admitted accepting money for spot-fixing and who changes his statements on oath is being shown leniency,” Kaneria lamented. “The ECB banned me on the basis of Westfield s statement which he changed during the hearings while they are not even willing to listen to me and talk evidence. I remain banned based on an individual’s statement and no real proof,” he further added.

    Both were banned after they played together for Essex in the English county championship. The ECB anti-corruption tribunal had banned Kaneria for life in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on spot fixing charges.


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    Well, Kaneria is right to some extent here you know.
     
  4. Raf Pragmatic
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    He should play Asian cad on ECB.
     
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    No. i didn't.
     

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