London: Former Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria has been found guilty of two charges of corruption under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) regulations, the governing body has announced. Former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield was also charged with one offence under the ECB's regulations to which he pleaded guilty.
"We consider that in many respects the evidence of Danish Kaneria simply does not stand up to scrutiny and is plainly lies," the ECB panel's statement said. "The panel will now consider the appropriate sanction against both players and a decision is expected later today (Friday)."
During his trial at London’s Central Criminal Court in February, Westfield had named Kaneria, who was Essex's overseas player, has having introduced him to bookies. Kaneria had denied the allegations, but subsequently the ECB had launched into inquiry into this.
Westfield was jailed for four months in January after admitting to illegal practices during a domestic 40-over match against Durham in September 2009. A London judge had named Kaneria, 31, as the chief instigator of the act but due to insufficient evidence he was never charged by the police.
"We are left in no reasonable doubt that Danish Kaneria knowingly induced or encouraged Mervyn Westfield not to perform on his merits in the Durham match," read the ECB statement.
Kaneria has not represented Pakistan since August 2010, during the same series against England that saw the infamous spot-fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir being jailed on corruption charges. Butt, jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments, was freed on Thursday. Amir was released in February after serving half his six-month sentence while Asif, jailed for 12 months, was freed in May.