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'You cannot live a life with lies:' Former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria admits guilt in spot-fixing case

Danish Kaneria was banned by the ECB in 2012. Credit: PA

Former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria has finally admitted his role in a spot-fixing case involving former team-mate Mervyn Westfield, more than six years after he was banned from playing in England and Wales.

Westfield was sent to prison in 2012 after he pleaded guilty to accepting money to concede a set number of runs in an over against Durham in 2009.

Pakistan Leg spinner Kaneria, who always maintained his innocence, was found to have pressured Westfield and was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012.

However, in an extraordinary interview with Al Jazeera, Kaneria, 37, has now admitted that he did play a part in the scandal.

Mervyn Westfield was jailed for his role in the scandal. Credit: PA

"My name is Danish Kaneria and I admit that I was guilty of the two charges brought against me by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012," he said.

"I have become strong enough to make this decision, because you cannot live a life with lies.

"It's been six years. I lost everything. I lost friends, respect from fans.

"I want to apologise to Mervyn Westfield, my Essex team-mates, Essex Cricket Club and the fans, to Pakistan and my fans around the world. And to my wife and family - I have let them all down."

Following his confession, Kaneria is now hopeful that his ban will be lifted so that he can educate young cricketers about the dangers of match-fixing.

"I want to ask for people's forgiveness," said Kaneria. "Cricket has given me so much in my life and I want to give something back.

"If the ECB and ICC and other bodies would give me a second chance, I can help to educate young people in cricket, teach them that if you do wrong, you are finished, like me."