Business Standard – Pakistan’s has finally admitted his role in a fixing scandal that led to the imprisonment of former team-mate after six years of denials, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
- Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English chiefs that effectively applied worldwide, said in an interview for an Al Jazeera television documentary quoted by the Mail: “My name is and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Board in 2012.
- Leg-spinner Kaneria, who insisted he was repentant as he called for his life ban to be overturned, added: “I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my team-mates, my club, my Essex cricket fans.
- – ‘Forgiveness’ – He last played for Pakistan in the Trent Bridge Test of 2010, and has not appeared in any first-class game since March 2012, with all major boards upholding the ECB ban under guidance.
- Meanwhile Westfield told the Mail he accepted Kaneria’s apology, saying: “This whole chapter of spot-fixing changed my life, but I have never blamed anyone for the terrible mistake I made.
- “However, opening up about my wrongdoing and telling the truth allowed me to move on,” added Westfield, now 30, who was banned from professional cricket for five years after being released from jail but has since played club and minor county matches.