Former Essex player admits to spot-fixing charges
A former English county cricketer pleaded guilty on Thursday to taking money to fix part of a domestic match in 2009 in the latest "spot fixing" scandal to hit the sport.cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2012 01:10 IST
A former English county cricketer pleaded guilty on Thursday to taking money to fix part of a domestic match in 2009 in the latest "spot fixing" scandal to hit the sport.
Mervyn Westfield, who played for Essex, admitted agreeing to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of 12 runs in his opening over in a 40-over match against Durham in September 2009. In the event, only 10 runs came off the over.
Judge Anthony Morris told Westfield that he could be jailed when he is sentenced on Feb. 10. "It's open to the court in this case to pass an immediate custodial sentence," Morris told Westfield during a hearing at the Old Bailey, London's Central Criminal Court.
Judge Morris said that the name of the other party involved in the deal would be known to cricket fans, but it was not revealed in court.
PCB fears Kaneria can be other person
Lahore: With a UK court to reveal the name of the second person involved in a fixing scandal in a county match, the Pakistan Cricket Board is hoping it's not Danish Kaneria. The Essex police had in 2010 questioned Westfield and Kaneria but the Pakistani spinner was not charged due to lack of sufficient evidence.
The PCB, however, hasn't considered Kaneria for national selection after the scandal.