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Kaneria vows to clear his name in spot-fixing scandal

February 18, 2012 16:10 IST

Under the cloud of spot-fixing controversy, Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has vowed to do everything in his control to get his name cleared in the scandal, which has led to the jail sentence of county bowler Mervyn Westfield.

- Former Essex player Westfield jailed for spot-fixing

Former Essex fast bowler Westfield was handed over a jail sentence of four months by a London court on Friday, after he admitted receiving £6,000 ($9,200) to bowl badly so that 12 runs could be scored in the first over of a 40-over match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.

Westfield's lawyer told the court that his Essex teammate Kaneria told him that a friend would pay him to cheat.

"I don't want to say much now on this issue. But it is a incorrect terminology that I have been implicated by the court. In fact, the Essex police cleared me in this case after proper investigations," said Kaneria.

"I have told my lawyer in London to get the full judgment of the trial and pursue this matter. I will not rest until I am cleared to play for Pakistan again," he added.

Kaneria, who played 61 Tests and 18 One-dayers for Pakistan between 2000 and 2010, was arrested in connection to spot-fixing case in 2010 but later released without being charge.

But the PCB has not considered him for national selection since August 2010 because of the scandal.

Kaneria also went to the Sindh High Court against the PCB for not clearing him for selection despite having been cleared by the Essex police during the course of investigations into the spot-fixing scandal. The court rejected his petition on technical grounds.

Danish KaneriaTafazzul Rizvi, the legal advisor of the PCB, informed that they also wanted to properly investigate the matter and get to the bottom of it before clearing Kaneria's name.

"We are expecting the English and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary committee will hold an inquiry as the matter pertains to county cricket. The PCB will co-operate and work with the ECB in finding out the truth in this issue," he said.

Rizvi said that the PCB had zero tolerance policy towards corruption of any kind and would soon get the judgment and other details of the court and give it to the integrity committee.

"Kaneria's case is already with the integrity committee. It is a serious matter because there were doubts over his integrity. But now everything will be examined closely to find out the truth," said Rizvi.

In November, a British court jailed three Pakistani cricketers -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir -- for fixing parts of a Test in England in 2010.
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