So after a long deliberation & apparently sifting through a great amount of related documentation, which delayed sentencing for several hours, Westfield was jailed for 4 months. This is 2 months less than the sentence handed down to Amir in the recent Pakistan Test Match spot fixing case as Westfield’s offence has been deemed to be less serious. He will serve 2 months before being released on licence. The reasons why this case is regarded as less serious are not immediately clear, but defence counsel argued for a considerable period of time in mitigation.
The question remains as to how widespread this sort of thing is in the County game & several other players from the same team have revealed both fairly open & some more obtuse approaches. The natural assumption is that this is reflected to a degree throughout the other counties.
The naming of a Pakistani international player of some repute as the man who “recruited” Westfield is disappointing to say the least. Others have also pointed the finger in his direction. He has however been arrested (in 2010) over alleged irregularities occurring in 2009 & subsequently cleared of any wrong doing.
However, today’s developments leave him open to a life ban, apparently.
Judge’s full remarks available http://blog.thecricketer.com/?p=36600