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Danish vows to clear his name

Karachi: 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 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 informed 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 an 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.

Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket bosses will ask British authorities for the full judgment and evidence in the spot-fixing case that implicated Kaneria.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Taffazul Rizvi said the organisation had to seek evidence or material before it could act against the leg-spinner.

“Since Kaneria is a Pakistan player we are obviously looking into the matter with a lot of concern,” Rizvi said.

“Since the match was an England domestic match, it's in the England board's jurisdiction and we will seek evidence from the concerned authorities.”       (agencies)