Pakistani Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria during his hearing by the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) claimed that he had been unable to break off his ties with Indian bookmaker, Arun Bhatia as the latter had threatened him several times.
Well-informed sources aware of the proceedings during the hearing that later banned Kaneria for life from English cricket and fined him 100,000 pounds for his involvement in spot-fixing, said Kaneria had also admitted that he had introduced the Indian to his Essex teammate, Mervyn Westfield.
"During the hearing this month when Kaneria was asked why he had kept his contacts with Arun despite being warned by the ICC anti-corruption unit officers to stay clear of him claimed he was being threatened by the Indian," one source said.
"Danish said in 2008 after the ICC anti-corruption officers questioned him in Lahore and told him that Arun was a bookmaker and he (Kaneria) should stay clear of him, he had tried to do this but the Indian started threatening him," the source said.
But he said the ECB panel were not convinced with Kaneria's story and asked him if he was under threat from Arun why he had not informed the Pakistan cricket Board and other authorities. "The panel also asked Danish if he was under threat from Arun why did he accompany him to nightclubs and restaurants and also introduced him to Westfield and other Essex players," the source claimed.
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