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HindustanTimes Wed,24 Sep 2014

Cricket

Westfield reveals four-month prison torment
AFP
London, September 28, 2013
First Published: 02:21 IST(28/9/2013)
Last Updated: 02:22 IST(28/9/2013)

Former Essex pace bowler Mervyn Westfield has revealed his torment at spending four months in prison after being found guilty of spot-fixing.

Westfield was jailed in 2012 and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three for accepting £6,000 ($9,606, €7,124) to concede more than 12 runs in an over in a 40-over match against Durham in September 2009.

The 25-year-old served his time in Belmarsh prison in south-east London and he admits the whole experience was a nightmare that has scarred him for life.

"They took me down to the room, handcuffed me and put me in the security van," he said in a film recorded by the Professional Cricketers' Association.

"I felt so scared. You are in this little box and you can't look outside the windows of the van because they were blacked out. My time in Belmarsh was hell for me."

Westfield now works as a shop assistant in a Tesco supermarket in east London.


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