Category Archives: Pakistan

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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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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Rana Naved signing thrills determined Derbyshire

Veteran Twenty20 specialist Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, the top wicket-taker in this season’s Big Bash in Australia, has signed to play for Derbyshire in the Friends Life t20. The capture gives Derbyshire the proven t20 campaigner they were looking for as they … Continue reading

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Saeed Ajmal agrees to return to Worcestershire

Saeed Ajmal, England’s chief tormentor in their series whitewash by Pakistan, will play county cricket again this summer as Worcestershire’s second overseas player in the Friends Life t20. The off-spinner took 24 wickets in three Tests against England in the … Continue reading

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Simon Hughes: The mental torment of Saeed Ajmal

The threat posed by Saeed Ajmal and his spinning assistants is, when combined with a dusty, low bouncing pitch and the Decision Review System, as big as that of the conveyor belt of tall West indies fast bowlers in the … Continue reading

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Vic Marks: Cricket in Dubai better than its backdrop

As a newcomer to Dubai it has been a surreal experience just getting to the cricket stadium in the middle of what was so recently the desert. There is still plenty of sand around, though now it swirls around all … Continue reading

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