A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kaneria and Westfield officially charged by the ECB

Westfield and Kaneria are to attend an ECB disciplinary hearing early next month

Former Essex bowlers and teammates, Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield, have both been officially charged by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for connections with match-fixing.

Both Westfield and Kaneria, will be required to face a disciplinary hearing, which is scheduled to take place early next month, into the charges of being involved in spot-fixing.

The ECB, released a statement saying: “Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria have been notified that an ECB disciplinary panel hearing will take place at which charges will be heard relating to their alleged breaches of the ECB’s anti-corruption directives.”

“The chairman of the ECB’s cricket discipline commission, Gerard Elias QC, will chair the hearing,” the ECB added.

Westfield, currently aged 23, was sentenced to four months in prison in February this year, while also receiving an interim suspension by the ECB, after pleading guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining money for bowling in a way that would allow runs to be scored.

However, according to sources, he is to serve only half his sentence, meaning that he would be released later this month.

Kaneria, was also arrested, after being found to have some connection in the case, but, was later released with no charges.

The whole incident started in September 2009 during a Pro-40 match between Durham and Essex, where Westfield, was allegedly paid 6,000 pounds to give 12 runs off his first over, even though it only went for 10 in the actual match.

However, it was only after another Essex player, Tony Palladino, who went to Westfield’s flat in Chelmsford and emptied a bag full of 50 pound notes, that the payment to Westfield, was heard about.

Kaneria, was also supposedly paid 4,000 pounds as part of the deal during the match against Durham.

Essex, also issued a statement via the ECB, which said: “Essex Cricket wish to make it clear that the players and management involved in the discovery and reporting of suspicions concerning the possible collusion of Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria in spot-fixing at the club in 2009, which ultimately led to the conviction of Mervyn Westfield, took the correct action in reporting those suspicions.”

Essex players, Mark Pettini, Varun Chopra and James Foster also testified against the pair, saying that they had heard Kaneria talking about match-fixing, but, at the time, dismissed the things he said as banter.

However, the ECB and Essex, are extremely pleased that the teammates of the accused, came forward with the information that helped bring the whole incident into the light.

“The game owes a debt to the positive actions taken by the Essex players who came forward. Without them, the corruption that occurred may never have been exposed,” Essex said via a statement through the ECB.

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