Category Archives: Essex spot-fixing trial

Exclusive: Danish Kaneria charged by ECB

Pakistan and former Essex leg spinner Danish Kaneria has been charged with corruption by the ECB. The 31-year-old, who remains the highest wicket-taking spinner for Pakistan, faces a worldwide ban from the game if found guilty. Kaneria was named in … Continue reading

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Authorities “swept corruption under the carpet” – Topley

Exclusive… In 1994, Don Topley became the first man to blow the whistle on corruption in cricket, a stance for which he was ridiculed by players and ostracised by the authorities. Topley has never forgotten how he was treated. He … Continue reading

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Danish Kaneria: profile

In the long and glorious tradition of Pakistani spin kings, Danish Kaneria tops the record books as the greatest of them all. The country’s most successful Test twirler, with 261 wickets, he was until recently considered the best wrist-spinner remaining … Continue reading

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Mervyn Westfield jailed: judge’s remarks in full

Judge Anthony Morris sentenced Mervyn Westfield to four months in prison. Here is the full text of his sentencing judgement today at the Old Bailey. Mervyn Westfield, you have pleaded guilty to count 1 of accepting a corrupt payment in … Continue reading

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Mervyn Westfield jailed for four months

Mervyn Westfield was jailed for spot-fixing today as damaging claims emerged that the county game had “turned a blind eye” to corruption. Westfield, 23, was sentenced to four months behind bars for his part in a spot-fixing racket the judge … Continue reading

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Danish Kaneria faces life ban in new corruption probe

Essex and Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria is facing a new corruption inquiry which could ban him from the game for life, The Cricketer can reveal. The 31-year-old bowler was named in court as the “corrupter” of Mervyn Westfield. It … Continue reading

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Danish Kaneria named as Essex cricket corrupter

Pakistan and Essex leg spinner Danish Kaneria “corrupted” Mervyn Westfield and approached at least four other players in the club about spot-fixing, a court heard today. Kaneria’s boasts about making money from corrupt bookies were an open secret at Essex … Continue reading

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Essex spot-fixing: Mervyn Westfield profile

As a teenager, Mervyn Westfield seemed to have the cricketing world at his feet. Honoured as a schoolboy and lauded by Essex, who gave him his First Class debut aged 17, he even tasted international acclaim as he shared the … Continue reading

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Essex spot-fixing trial: Kaneria fights to clear his name

Danish Kaneria, the Pakistan leg-spinner, is still fighting to clear his name following the Essex spot-fixing scandal. The 30-year-old was arrested alongside Mervyn Westfield over allegations of spot-fixing in county cricket. He was released from bail six months later with no charge. … Continue reading

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Essex spot-fixing trial: Mervyn Westfield pleads guilty

Mervyn Westfield, the former Essex fast bowler, has become the first English cricketer to be convicted for spot-fixing after admitting he took bribes to deliberately bowl badly. The 23-year-old is facing jail after making a dramatic, last-minute guilty plea before … Continue reading

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