Pakistan leggie Kaneria to appear before ECB hearing into spot-fixing scandal

Islamabad : Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria will leave for London this Thursday to appear before the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hearing into spot-fixing from June 18.

The ECB committee has charged Kaneria and his former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield with spot fixing.

“Danish has finally got his visa to travel to London and is scheduled to fly out on the June 14 with his lawyer Faroog Naseem to attend the hearing,” sources said.

“He is confident he will be cleared at the hearing of all charges,” a source close to Kaneria was quoted as saying,” he added.

Westfield was given a short jail sentence by a crown court in February after pleading guilty to having taken 6,000 pounds to bowl wides in a Pro-40 match between Essex and Durham played in 2009 in English county season.

Kaneria, who played in the match, was also questioned by Essex police during investigations but was cleared for lack of evidence against him.

But at the Westfield trial, the English cricketer’s lawyer claimed that Kaneria had played a role in introducing his client to the bookmaker who gave money for spot-fixing.