ECB spot-fixing hearing delayed
The disciplinary hearing into allegations of spot-fixing against former Essex duo Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria has been delayed.
The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed on Friday that the hearing, previously slated for May 21, had been adjourned until the week commencing June 18 at the request of Kaneria's lawyers.
Both players were last month charged with alleged breached of the ECB's anti-corruption directives. The charges were laid in connection with the events which saw Westfield jailed in February for spot-fixing.
Westfield, 23, was sentenced to four months in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.
His then team-mate Kaneria, a former Pakistan leg-spinner, was arrested in connection with the case but later released without charge and has insisted he is innocent.
"The hearing, which was previously scheduled for May 21, has been adjourned to the week commencing June 18 at the request of Danish Kaneria's lawyers," an ECB statement read.
"The chairman of the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission, Gerard Elias QC, will chair the hearing and ECB will make no further comment whilst these proceedings are on-going."
Westfield was jailed at the Old Bailey earlier this year after the prosecution had focused on the first over of a Pro-40 match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.
The Old Bailey was told that Westfield was paid £6,000 to bowl so that 12 runs would be chalked up in the first over, although in the event only 10 were scored.
The payment came to light when another Essex player, Tony Palladino, went to Westfield's Chelmsford flat in September 2009, where the bowler emptied a plastic bag of rolled-up £50 notes on to his bed and said Kaneria had told him that a "friend" would pay him to concede a certain number of runs.
Westfield's QC Mark Milliken-Smith claimed in court that the former Pakistan spinner had set up the deal, and it emerged that team-mates Mark Pettini, Varun Chopra and James Foster had also heard Kaneria discuss spot-fixing, dismissing the talk as "banter".
Kaneria, 31, who has recently been playing limited-overs cricket in his home country for Habib Bank and the Karachi Zebras, was allegedly himself due to receive £4,000 as part of the Durham match deal.