Islamabad - Former Pakistan legspinner Danish
Kaneria hopes to revive his international career following an appeal of
his life ban before a disciplinary committee of the England and Wales
Cricket Board next week.
Kaneria was banned by the ECB last year
for pressuring former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing
in an English county one-day game in 2009.
Kaneria left on Tuesday for London, where the hearing will be held next Monday.
have high hopes the panel will be independent and neutral in this
hearing," Kaneria told The Associated Press by telephone from the
southern port city of Karachi. "My livelihood is stuck due to the ECB's
The hearing was deferred last December when the ECB was unable to gain Westfield's cooperation to appear before the committee.
who pleaded guilty to receiving payment which could bring him or the
game into disrepute, was banned for five years, but allowed to
participate in minor club cricket after three years.
admission of guilt and his evidence against Kaneria led the ECB to
reduce a possible suspension of nine years to five, and allow him to be
involved only in club cricket after three years of his ban.
Kaneria expects Westfield to testify in his favour.
"I hope things will be seen more clearly by the disciplinary committee in the presence of Westfield," he said.
played for Pakistan from 2000 to 2010, when he was suspended by the
Pakistan Cricket Board until the spot-fixing case was resolved. An
integral part of Pakistan's test team, he took 261 wickets in 61
Kaneria's determination to clear his name included an
appealed to the Sindh High Court in Karachi to try and overturn his PCB
suspension. But the court dismissed his appeal in 2011, saying it was
not within its jurisdiction.
Pakistan cricket has been hit badly by spot-fixing and match-fixing over the last three years.
Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir are serving long bans for their
involvement in spot-fixing during a Test against England in 2010, while
last week the PCB banned umpire Nadeem Ghauri for four years for