Former Essex bowler, Mervyn Westfield has declared that he took money in exchange for spot-fixing in the Pro40 one-day tournament in England. Westfield made this confession to the court and he has been convicted for this illegal exercise. He will now be sentenced to a maximum penalty of seven years in jail on February 10.
Westfield admitted that he took £6000 to concede 12 runs in one over in a game against Durham in 2009. In the event, he gave away only 10 runs in the over. He was caught when he revealed to Tony Palladino, a teammate, that he had taken the money. It was Palladino who complained about this to the Essex management.
It was interesting to note that the judge Anthony Morris referred to another person associated with cricket and called him the corruptor. He said, “It seems the alleged corruptor is a person whose name is known to me, and I'm sure known to many people interested in cricket."
Apart from Westfield, Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria had earlier also been investigated by the Essex police but was later released without any charges against him.
Already, the trio of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt have been banned by the ICC for five years and were jailed by the English courts for accepting money to under-perform.