Essex and Pakistan bowler named in cricket fraud charge

Essex and Pakistan Bowler Named in Cricket Fraud Charge

An Essex and international bowler has been named as a co-conspirator in the cricket fraud case against former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield.

Pakistan international, Danish Kaneria, was named in the charge sheet against Mr Westfield when he appeared in court this morning.

Kaneria was a surprise inclusion after Essex Police dropped all charges against the leg spinner last month.

At the City of London Magistrates Court on Thursday the Magistrate read out a charge alleging Westfield had, “conspired together with Danish Kaneria and persons unknown to defraud members of Essex County Cricket Club, his team mates playing in the match against Durham County Cricket Club on 5 September 2009 and spectators and supporters watching the match”.

The match in question was a Natwest Pro40 game in which Mr Westfield is alleged to have “dishonestly agreed to bowl his first over in a manner calculated and intended to allow the scoring of a certain number of runs”.

Mr Westfield’s lawyer immediately asked for an adjournment to the case to check if the charge was an offence known to law as they had previously believed the charge was to be for defrauding bookmakers and not Essex Cricket Club, its players and its supporters.

The adjournment was allowed and the case will now be heard at 10am on Friday, 15 October at the City of London Magistrates Court.

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