Danish Kaneria finally admits he was involved in spot fixing
Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his involvement in the spot fixing scandal after six years.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Kaneria admitted and apologized for the guilt of the charges brought against him by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012.
Here is how Kaneria confessed about the wrong deed: Kaneria’s confession:
“My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012.
“I want to apologize to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, my Essex cricket club, my Essex cricket fans. I say sorry to Pakistan.”
Some six years back, he cried out much saying he had been racially discriminated that Pakistan tried to throw him because of his religion.
During the interview, Kaneria, 37, said he intentionally introduced Mervyn Westfield to fixer Anu Bhatt, the scandal that led to Westfield’s imprisonment. Kaneria and Westfield are teammates in the Essex.
Kaneria was handed a lifetime ban by the ECB for his role in the scandal. However, he was able to avoid criminal charges because of the lack of evidence for a conviction.
Kaneria is still holding the position of Pakistan’s leading spinner with 261 Test wickets. He last played for Pakistan in the Trent Bridge Test of 2010 and has been out of any first class action since March 2012. All major boards are upholding the ECB ban.
The right arm leg spinner said his earlier denial was an effort not to embarrass his dying father who was battling with cancer.
“His health was getting worse and worse,” he recalled. “I didn’t have the courage to face him and tell him that I was wrong. He was a very, very proud guy. Very, very proud of me and what I did, representing Pakistan, representing my country.”
Meanwhile, Westfield told the Daily Mail that he accepted Kaneria’s apology. “This whole chapter of spot-fixing changed my life, but I have never blamed anyone for the terrible mistake I made,” he said.