Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that prompted the detainment of previous Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield after six years of denials, Britain’s Daily Mail detailed late on Wednesday.
Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English cricket boss that adequately applied around the world, said in an interview for an Al Jazeera TV documentary cited by the Mail: “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.”
Leg-spinner Kaneria, who insisted he was repentant as he called for his life ban to be toppled, added: “I want to apologize to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans. I say sorry to learn.”
Westfield burned through two months at Belmarsh jail in south-east London after pleading liable to accepting 6,000 pounds ($7,862) from an illegal bookmaker, Anu Bhatt, to surrender 12 keeps running in his first over of an English region 40-over game against Durham in 2009. He yielded just 10, yet at the same time took the cash.
Kaneria was the “middle man” in the scam, having introduced Westfield to Bhatt, yet avoided criminal charges when English legal authorities chose they lacked the evidence for a conviction.