Former Pakistani skater Danish Kaneria admitted his guilt in the spot repair case involving former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield more than six years after the ECB banned him for life.
"My name is Daneria Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the Cricket Board of England and Wales in 2012," said Kaneria, 37, Al Jazeera . "I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you can not live a life with lies."
Westfield, 23 at that time, had admitted that he accepted 6000 pounds in exchange for granting a certain number of races and exits. a Pro40 match against Durham in September 2009. He was jailed after pleading guilty to the charge of accepting or obtaining corrupt payments. Kaneria, who was arrested along with Westfield in 2010 only on charges that were dropped due to lack of evidence, was allegedly the intermediary between Westfield and Anu Bhatt, who was on the radar of the ICC for being a person involved in illegal gambling.
Kaneria had protested his innocence in the matter several times over the years and had repeatedly and unsuccessfully appealed for his life ban to be revoked. Although banned by the ECB, the ICC's anti-corruption code states that decisions in accordance with the rules of a board must be confirmed by boards throughout the world.
In the Al Jazeera interview, Kaneria said he had met with Bhatt four years before the Essex Game for which he and Westfield were put under scrutiny. "In 2005, on a tour of the West Indies, my assistant manager introduced me to Anu Bhatt, because he was a Hindu and was a fan of cricket," said Kaneria, who was the only Hindu on the Pakistan team at that time. . "Then we were on a tour of India and there, in 2008, I think Anu Bhatt invited the whole team to dinner, so my wife and I and other cricketers went to his house for dinner."
Kaneria admitted ignoring the warnings of the ICC ACU that Bhatt was a "suspicious guy". "[ACU] I came to Pakistan and he told several cricketers and me that he is a suspicious guy and is involved in making arrangements," he said. "I'm very sorry, I did not complain to the higher authorities, such as the English Cricket Board or the ICC unit, I did not inform them or tell them that this guy is here [in the UK].
" used Mervyn to tell me he wants to become in a rich cricketer. I received a high payment in Essex, and at that time I was an international player. And he was living a life, a very luxurious life, so he also wanted to earn money. I think he was attacked by Anu Bhatt and I think he fell into that temptation. Being an international cricketer and a senior cricketer, I should have taken a step further to tell Mervyn that this guy is a suspect.
"I want to apologize to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex teammates, my Essex cricket club, my" Essex Cricket Worshipers. I apologize to Pakistan. If the ECB, the ICC and other agencies give me a second chance, I can help educate young people in cricket, teach them that if they do something bad they end up like me. " Kaneria said part of the reason why He maintained his innocence at that time was that his father, who died of cancer in 2013, was in poor health. "His health was getting worse and worse," Kaneria said. "I did not have the courage to face him and tell him That I was wrong. He was a very, very proud guy. Very, very proud of me and what I did, representing Pakistan, representing my country. "
Kaneria played 61 tests for Pakistan between 2000 and 2010 and took 261 windows at an average of 34.79. most successful bowler in Pakistan.