LAHORE: Pakistan and Essex’s leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was arrested by the Essex police in East London in connection with spot-fixing allegations but was released on bail till September 15 after being questioned.
According to a report, two Essex players, namely Kaneria and fast-bowler Mervyn Westfield, were arrested as part of the investigation in wake of ‘match irregularities’ and suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud following the police’s investigation into alleged spotfixing in Essex’s Pro40 match against Durham in September 2009. “As per our policy, we do not reveal the name until any one is charged with any offence but I can confirm that two people were arrested on Friday,” an Essex police official told The Express Tribune.
“We arrested them for the investigation and this is only what I can reveal,” said the official while adding that further comments will be given out in due course. Essex police had confirmed that their investigation, which began in March this year, followed allegations received against two Essex players for ‘match irregularities’.
The report however leaked into the media last month when Kaneria was expected to be available for Essex for the County Championship but the leg-spinner opted to delay his arrival by three weeks as he ‘preferred’ to play in the Pentangular One Day Cup held in Karachi. Essex County Cricket Club refused to comment on the matter when contacted.
Published in the Express Tribune, May 16th, 2010.