London - Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria's lifetime ban from
cricket remained in place Tuesday after the England and Wales Cricket
Board (ECB) rejected hus appeal at a hearing in London.
was given a life ban by the ECB last year after a panel found him guilty
of inducing his then Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to deliberately
under-perform by agreeing to concede a certain number of runs in return
for money while bowling in a county one-day match in 2009.
imposed by the ECB, the now 32-year-old Kaneria's ban was effectively a
worldwide sanction as all boards under the jurisdiction of the
International Cricket Council (ICC) have agreed to uphold punishments
imposed by individual member countries in such circumstances.
was not until 2010 that the scandal became public when Essex police
arrested both Kaneria and Westfield. However, the Pakistani was released
without charge and has maintained his innocence throughout.
contrast, legal proceedings against Westfield continued and he spent two
months in prison, as well as being banned for five years from
first-class cricket and three from recreational cricket by the ECB.
saw an appeal panel of the ECB's cricket discipline commission uphold
Kaneria's ban in full although it chose to 'vary' the sanction imposed
on Westfield by saying he could return to club cricket on April 1 next
year, provided he take part in a "stringent" anti-corruption programme.
appeal panel of the cricket discipline commission today upheld the life
ban imposed on Mr Danish Kaneria by a disciplinary panel in June 2012,"
an ECB statement read.
"At a hearing in April 2013, the appeal panel had found that he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB's regulations.
panel varied the sanction imposed on Mr Mervyn Westfield. He has been
banned from all forms of cricket for five years from the 17th February
2012, but will be permitted to participate in club cricket after April
1st 2014 provided that he has co-operated fully with the Professional
Cricketers' Association's stringent anti-corruption education
Kaneria, who has repeatedly protested his innocence,
has now seen two appeals against ECB charges fail after a CDC panel
dismissed his case in April.
During his criminal trial last
year, Westfield named Kaneria as the figure who induced him into
accepting 6,000 ($9,000) from a bookmaker to under-perform in the 2009