Pakistan- After six years of denials, Danish Kaneria, former Pakistan’s leg right arm spinner now has finally accepted his presence role in spot-fixing. However, his fixing lead bears down the ban of his international cricket carrier.
On the other side, the Kaneria’s friend former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield had also put his presence into imprisonment around six years ago who was given a life ban by English cricket chiefs that effectively applied the worldwide ban.
“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. I want to apologize to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans. I say sorry to Pakistan” –Danish Kaneria
Following the ban of the fixing, Westfield had spent two months at Belmah prison in south-east London and impose guilty to fine 6,000 ($7,862). According to the officials, Kaneria was the just “Middle-man” in the entire process.
However, Kaneria was last played for Pakistan in the Trent Bridge Test of 2010 and has not presented his presence in any first-class game since March 2012, with all major boards upholding the ECB ban under International Cricket Council guidance.
According to the ICC’s (International Cricket Council) law, if someone found to be guilty in fixing charges as they will also face prison charges along with fine if they already played international matches. However, Westfield, now 30, who was banned from professional cricket for five years after being released from jail but has since played club and Minor County matches.
“I want to ask people’s forgiveness. Cricket has given me so much in my life and I want to give something back. 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.” -Danish Kaneria