Sydney, Apr 23 (ANI): Disgraced English pace bowler Mervyn Westfield has revealed that he has been forced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to attend the match-fixing appeal hearing of Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria or face arrest.
Kaneria, who is hoping to overturn a life ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board last year for inducing Westfield to under-perform in a 2009 county match, is effectively banned from all cricket worldwide, News.com.au reports.
The report added that all boards under the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) governing body have agreed to uphold punishments made by member countries in such cases.
Westfield has stated that although he has told the ECB that he does not want to participate in this hearing or to provide any further evidence, however, the ECB has decided to take the hostile route by having the court summon him in order to secure his attendance.
Westfield further said that if he does not attend then the ECB would request a warrant for his arrest.
According to the report, both Westfield and Kaneria were arrested in 2010 but while no action was taken against the Pakistan leg spinner, the former Essex quick was prosecuted and found guilty of taking 6000 pound sterlings off a bookmaker to whom he had been introduced to by Kaneria to bowl below par.
Westfield served two months of a four-month prison sentence and was also banned from first-class cricket for five years, the report added. (ANI)