Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted that he spot-fixed after six years of denial. The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix. Kaneria, who was banned from playing in England and Wales for life, says he “cannot live a life with lies”.
The leg-spinner said, “It’s been six years. I lost everything, I lost friends, respect from fans. I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, Essex Cricket Club and the fans, to Pakistan and my fans around the world. And to my wife and family – I have let them all down.” Kaneria took 261 Test wickets for Pakistan – a figure only bettered by Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.
He exhausted all legal option in appealing against his lifetime ban but hopes he can return to the sport in order to “give something back”, and asks for “people’s forgiveness”. Kaneria added: “If the ECB, International Cricket Council and other bodies would give me a second chance, I can help to educate young people in cricket, teach them that if you do wrong, you are finished, like me.”