UK Police seizes mobile of Essex cricketer in match fixing probe

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London, Apr 12 (ANI): Police in Essex, Britain, has seized the mobile phone of cricketer Mervyn Westfield over alleged charges of him being involved match fixing last season.

The "match irregularities" involving Essex last season also involves Westfield and Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria.

The revelations have rocked the county and, all players have been ordered to say nothing publicly.

A shocked Westfield, 21, was asked to surrender his mobile to officers, but has told friends that he has done nothing wrong, The Sun reports.

He is not playing in Essex's current match against Hampshire and his future at Chelmsford will be under a cloud till he clears his name.

Kaneria is missing the start of the season with Essex officially because he is playing in a domestic tournament in Pakistan.

He has protested his innocence and says he has no plans to cancel his return to Essex at the end of the month.

Kaneria said: "My cricketing career is completely unstained and I'm surprised at such allegations. My association with Essex is long. This controversy has hurt me badly."

Essex has known about the allegations for several weeks and it is believed the initial concerns were raised by one of their own players.

The investigation will focus on a Pro40 match against Durham last September, which Essex won by seven wickets.

There is no suggestion any Essex player tried to throw matches, but instead that some passages of play were manipulated. (ANI)

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