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ECB hearing delayed

Kaneria's lawyers granted adjournment until week starting June 18

Mervyn Westfield: handed four-month jail sentence in February at the Old Bailey for spot-fixing

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The disciplinary hearing into allegations of spot-fixing against former Essex duo Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria has been delayed.

The England and Wales Cricket Board revealed the hearing, previously slated for May 21, had been adjourned until the week commencing June 18 at the request of Kaneria's lawyers.

Both players were charged in April with alleged breached of the ECB's anti-corruption directives. The charges were laid in connection with the events which saw Westfield jailed in February for spot-fixing.

Westfield, 23, was sentenced to four months in jail after he pleaded guilty to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.

His then team-mate Kaneria, a former Pakistan leg-spinner, was arrested in connection with the case but later released without charge and has insisted he is innocent.

"The hearing, which was previously scheduled for May 21st, has been adjourned to the week commencing June 18th at the request of Danish Kaneria's lawyers," an ECB statement read.

"The chairman of the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission, Gerard Elias QC, will chair the hearing and ECB will make no further comment whilst these proceedings are on-going."