Danish Kaneria, the 39-year-old former Pakistani spinner on Sunday declared that the bookie, who possessed a role in 2012 spot-fixing scandal in English county cricket, visited Pakistan on PCB’s invite many times and that the national team players recognised him.
The 39-year-old Kaneria, indicted in a place-fixing case while fiddling county cricket in 2012, accused that the bookmaker was recognised to the Pakistan Cricket Board officials. “I have constantly been portrayed from the incorrect angle by the people. When individuals have the opportunity to converse the truth, they do not, they alter facts and converse. I am explaining the actual scenario today. In my situation, the people who introduced me to the person, actually who were they? My situation is open to everyone,” Kaneria stated on his Youtube channel.”The whole of Pakistan team recognised that person (spot-fixer) and similarly did the officials. That person also kept arriving in Pakistan on specific tours.
He was called upon by the PCB. I never recognised that person intimately. I was made to meet him by stating that both of us come about to a similar religion.” After the scandal, Kaneria’s Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield was sent to jail for 2 months at Belmarsh prison in London, post which he pleaded guilty of agreeing USD 7,862 from an illegal bookmaker, Anu Bhatt, for conceding 12 runs in one over.
Kaneria was recognised the middle man in the scam, being introduced Westfield to Bhatt. Why does not anyone converse about this? Why do not they state the truth? I have played my whole of cricket with complete honesty,” said Kaneria. Kaneria also implied that he was treated not in a fair manner by the Pakistan cricket establishment, which acquired into its fold players who “gave out country for wealth” but did not accord him the similar favour.
People who converse about fixing, they should go through the charges that were labelled not in their favour. I had agreed with both the charges.