June 22, 2012
The ECB have found former Pakistan leg-spinner guilty of two corruption charges for encouraging his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield not to play to the best of his ability in a CB40 match in 2009.
Westfield was sentenced to four months in prison in February for charges relating to the match between Essex and Durham, when Westfield received £6,000 in exchange for conceding 12 runs in his first over of the match. Westfield pleaded guilty to the charge, and has since been released from prison.
The ECB claim that Kaneria, 31, influenced Westfield into taking the money in return for bowling poorly. Punishments for both players will be announced this afternoon.
Kaneria represented Pakistan in 61 Test matches and in that time he claimed 261 wickets. He also played in 18 one-day internationals for his country picking up 15 wickets. Kaneria was representing Essex as their overseas player at the time of the incident.
The Scoop 22/06/12