Former Essex cricketers Westfield & Kaneria informed of disciplinary hearing

Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria have been notified that an England & Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel hearing will take place at which charges will be heard relating to their alleged breaches of the ECB’s anti-corruption directives.

The charges relate to the corrupt activities which led to Mervyn Westfield’s criminal conviction in February.

Westfield was jailed for four months for spot-fixing. The 23 year old pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey. He was paid £6,000 to concede at least 12 runs in his first over against Durham in a 40 over game in September 2009. Kaneria was due to receive £4,000 as part of the deal, the court heard.

No charges were brought against Kaneria, but the court heard the former Pakistani leg spinner introduced Westfield to rich Indian businessmen and made approaches to other Essex players.

The hearing will be chaired by Gerard Elias QC, Chairman of the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission.

Both the ECB and Essex County Cricket Club said they would not comment while proceedings are ongoing. Earlier this week, the county club strongly denied any wrongdoing in relation to the spot-fixing scandal.