ECB rejects Danish Kaneria’s appeal against life ban

Danish KaneriaBanned Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria failed in his appeal to overturn his lifetime ban from cricket on yesterday.

Danish Kaneria was banned in 2012 for his part in a spot-fixing plan, but refused all involvement and quickly pointed out his intention to contest the decision.

The 32-year-old was found responsible for “cajoling and pressurizing” ex- Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield into taking money in return for attempting to agree a set number of runs in an over during an English county Pro40 game in 2009.

After the appeal hearing, ECB chief executive David Collier hailed the verdict to uphold a Kaneria’s ban, saying: “I welcomed wholeheartedly the independent panel’s decision to dismiss Mr Kaneria’s appeal and uphold the earlier decision made by the Cricket Discipline Commission last summer.

“I should like to thank the appeal panel for their time and diligence in hearing this case and I congratulate the ACCESS unit for its work in support of the successful prosecution of this corrupt activity.

“Corruption has no place in sport and the ECB will continue to be vigilant and adopt a zero tolerance approach in this area.”

However, Danish Kaneria has now launched an additional appeal in which the length of his ban could be cut down.

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