Mervyn Westfield jailed February 17, 2012

'You have betrayed trust'

ESPNcricinfo staff
Mervyn Westfield, the former Essex bowler, was jailed for four months after admitting spot-fixing

"For financial gain, you have betrayed the trust of Essex, players, fans and followers throughout the world in you to play cricket honestly. Your plea was entered very late in the day. You denied knowledge and lied to police. I have grave doubts whether you are truly remorseful for what has happened."
Judge Anthony Morris showed little sympathy towards Westfield

"Although the ICC is not directly involved in this case, we have followed it closely. While the ICC takes no pleasure from anyone being sent to jail, it is a decision of the court which we support and I believe would act as a deterrent to anyone who is tempted to sully the good name of cricket."
Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive

"This is a very sad day for all at the Club. It is going to take a while for us to fully digest the comments of the judge."
Essex statement

"Another sad day for the game, Westfield sent to prison for 4 months. When will it all finish."
Marcus Trescothick, the former England batsman, on Twitter

"Devoted sports fans who pay hard-earned money to watch competitive matches have a right to expect players to do their honest best for the team, whether those games take place in the biggest world class arenas, or at their local ground."
Crown Prosecution Service statement

"We do maintain zero tolerance toward corruption. But since nothing is yet proven against the cricketer the status remains same as it was so he will continue to play the final tomorrow as captain."
The PCB explain that Danish Kaneria will continue to captain his domestic team

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  • j on February 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Blimey, not many comments being accepted on this page, and for reasons it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess at. Four months in Jail for Westfield seem right to me.

  • abu on February 18, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    i agree with you @ Paul. why waste tax payers money + hes out of the society for that time. best to impose longer community service - compulsory.

  • James on February 18, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    As a fan, I am insulted by people like Westfield. I don't know about jailing as a remedy in other respects, but if it is one way of keeping him off cricket fields, even for a short time, that can be counted in its favour. Inside, I trust he will get involved in some indoor cricket with fellow players who, themselves on the mend, will imbue Westfield with the spirit of cricket.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Like any cricket lover, I am appalled at spot-fixing - or any other type of fixing, come to that. However, does it really deserve a prison sentence? Just think of how much good he could have done with community service.

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