Kaneria hires lawyers for ECB hearing

By AFP
Published: April 9, 2012

Kaneria has hired three lawyers, two from UK, one from Pakistan to represent him before ECB. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

KARACHI: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria said Monday he has hired a legal team for an English cricket board disciplinary hearing over a spot-fixing case that sent his former Essex team-mate to jail.

Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four months in February after admitting that he accepted money to under-perform during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009.

The 23-year-old seamer named Kaneria – arrested with him in 2010 but released without charge – as the link between bookmakers and players.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said last week that Westfield and Kaneria would face a disciplinary hearing in May.

“Kaneria has hired three lawyers, two from the UK and one from Pakistan to represent him before the England and Wales Cricket Board,” said a statement from the player’s lawyer Farogh Naseem.

Kaneria’s legal team have asked the ECB to delay the hearing until at least May 10 to give them time to study the evidence.

In February London’s Old Bailey court was told Westfield was paid nearly $10,000 to bowl so that a specific number of runs would be chalked up in the first over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.

The 31-year-old Kaneria faces a worldwide ban from the game if found guilty at the hearing, where a number of Essex players are expected to give evidence.

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