Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years

By Daily Sports on October 19, 2018

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Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial.

The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix.

Leg spinner Kaneria, who unsuccessfully appealed against a life ban from playing in England and Wales, says he "cannot live a life with lies".

"It's been six years. I lost everything," he told Al Jazeera.

"I lost friends, respect from fans.

"I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, Essex Cricket Club and the fans, to Pakistan and my fans around the world. And to my wife and family - I have let them all down."

Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial.

The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix.

Leg-spinner Kaneria, who unsuccessfully appealed against a life ban from playing in England and Wales, says he "cannot live a life with lies".

"It's been six years. I lost everything," he told Al Jazeera.

"I lost friends, respect from fans.

"I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, Essex Cricket Club and the fans, to Pakistan and my fans around the world. And to my wife and family - I have let them all down."

Kaneria was found to have pressured Westfield – who was handed a four-month prison sentence – into agreeing to concede 12 runs during an over of a one-day game for Essex against Durham in 2009.

Kaneria was banned for life and described as "a grave danger to the game of cricket" by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who also banned Westfield for five years.

In 2014, Kaneria told BBC Sport he had not pressured Westfield and said if given the chance, he would ask his former team-mate why he had chosen to "destroy" his career.

But he now says he knew Westfield - who received a £6,000 payment for his role - wanted to "become a rich cricketer".

In reflecting on his denial of the crime, Kaneria says the ill-health of his father around the time of the spot-fixing scandal had been an influence.

"His health was getting worse and worse," added Kaneria. "I didn't have the courage to face him and tell him that I had done wrong. He was so proud of me and it would have caused him a lot of suffering."

Kaneria took 261 Test wickets for Pakistan - a figure only bettered by Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.

He exhausted all legal option in appealing against his lifetime ban but hopes he can return to the sport in order to "give something back", and asks for "people's forgiveness".

Kaneria added: "If the ECB, International Cricket Council 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." (BBC)

•Photo shows Danish Kaneria

Source Daily Sports

Posted October 19, 2018

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