PCB keeping fingers crossed after Westfield`s fixing admission

Lahore: With a UK court to reveal the name of the second person involved in a fixing scandal in a County match, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping that it`s not Danish Kaneria.

Pakistan can ill afford another conviction in match fixing with three of its cricketers already serving jail terms in UK for spot fixing.

Former Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield has pleaded guilty to receiving corrupt payments during a Pro40 match.

Sources aware of the developments in the PCB said the officials and legal advisors are concerned about the remarks made by Judge Anthony Morris that name of the other party involved in the deal would be made public soon.

During the trial, Westfield, who played with Kaneria for Essex, admitted agreeing to allow 12 runs to come off his opening over in match against Durham in September 2009 in return for a 6,000 pound payment.

In the event, only 10 runs were scored off the over.

The Essex police had in 2010 questioned Westfield and Kaneria but the Pakistani spinner was not charged due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Since October 2010 the PCB has not allowed Kaneria to be considered for national selection as it claimed it was still not satisfied he was completely clear in the spot-fixing case.


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