Kaneria fails in appeal on life ban

Danish Kaneria’s career now over.
Danish Kaneria’s career now over.

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has failed in his appeal against a life ban imposed by the ECB for corruption.

Kaneria, 32, was banned by a disciplinary panel in June 2012 for spot-fixing while playing for Essex. He was found guilty of “cajoling and pressurising” team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash to concede a number of runs in a Pro40 match in 2009.

Westfield, 25, was imprisoned for his part in the affair. He was also banned from professional cricket for five years, but the ECB appeal panel ruling stated that he can return to club cricket next April — three years before his ban is complete.

An ECB statement read: “An appeal panel of the cricket discipline commission today upheld the life ban imposed on Mr Danish Kaneria by a disciplinary panel in June 2012.

“At a hearing in April 2013, the appeal panel found that he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB’s regulations. “The panel varied the sanction imposed on Mr Mervyn Westfield. He has been banned from all forms of cricket for five years from 17 February, 2012, but will be permitted to participate in club cricket after April 1, 2014, provided that he has cooperated fully with the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s stringent anti-corruption education programme.”

Kaneria has repeatedly denied all involvement in the corruption case, but his appeal against two ECB charges has now failed twice. A cricket discipline commission appeals panel dismissed the case in April before today’s decision, when Kaneria had hoped a reduction in his ban might at least have been achieved.

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