Danish Kaneria to appear before ECB over alleged corrupt activities

Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield were arrested by Essex police in May 2010 on suspicion of spot-fixing during a county match against Durham in 2009 Getty Images

Karachi: Apr 6, 2012

Summoned by the England Cricket Board for a hearing over alleged corrupt activities in county matches, Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria said he has no issues in appearing before the ECB but he would consult his lawyers before taking a decision.

“I want this issue settled once and for all. But once we get something in writing from the ECB we will consult our lawyers and than take a decision on attending the hearing,” he said on Thursday.

The Pakistani spinner was reacting to an ECB statement which said that it had summoned Kaneria and his Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to attend a disciplinary hearing into charges that both players breached its anti-corruption code of conduct.

The ECB said the chairman of its Cricket Discipline Commission, Gerard Elias QC, will chair the hearing for which no date has been set as yet.

Westfield, 23, in February became the first English county cricketer to be convicted in a court for spot-fixing and was jailed for four months.

Westfield was convicted for accepting a corrupt payment of 6000 pounds to bowl badly in a county match dating back to 2009 against Durham.

But Westfield, who confessed to his crime, and his lawyer told the court that Kaneria had instigated him and was also involved. Kaneria’s brother, Vicky said they were ready to face any disciplinary hearing.

“But obviously we have lawyers in London and we have to consult them on everything. We will also be talking to the Pakistan cricket Board on this issue.”

Vicky pointed out that his brother had been cleared by the Essex police of any wrong doing after being properly questioned.

“The police questioned Danish when this incident first came up and released him without charging him as he was innocent,” Vicky stated.

Kaneria, who is Pakistan’s most successful Test spinner with 261 wickets in 61 matches, has not been selected to play for Pakistan since September, 2010 as there are doubts over his integrity.

He has, however, been allowed to play domestic cricket and even went to the Sindh High Court against the Pakistan Cricket Board’s “unofficial” ban but his petition was rejected on technical grounds. (PTI)