Spot-fixing July 3, 2013

Kaneria 'disgusted' by spot-fixing ban

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria has said he is "disgusted" by the ECB's decision to uphold his lifetime ban from cricket for spot-fixing and claims he has been victimised when there was no evidence to support the case.

Kaneria has now been urged to publicly admit his role in spot-fixing, but he believes there has been double standards at work after Mervyn Westfield had his ban amended so that he is able to play club cricket from April 1, 2014.

Kaneria was banned in June 2012 after being found guilty of corruption in the spot-fixing case involving Westfield, where he had been "cajoling and pressurising'' his Essex team-mate into accepting money to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro40 match in 2009. He had been hoping to get the sanction reduced, having earlier lost another appeal against the convictions in April.

"I am deeply disappointed and disgusted with the decision," Kaneria said. "I have been victimised in this case and Westfield got his ban relaxed. Right from the outset there was no evidence against me and not even the Essex police charged me, but the ECB has been unjust towards me and it's unacceptable.

"I feel alone and at times I feel that because I am from a minority, people don't support me. The PCB has not supported me in the case. I appeal to Pakistan President [Asif Ali] Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to please take up my case with England. I want to play cricket and don't want to be stopped because of this unjust ban."

Kaneria said the PCB had set a precedent by asking for the ICC to allow Mohammad Amir, who was also banned following the 2010 Lord's Test, to use national training facilities. "If they can raise a voice for one player why can't they contest my case with England?" Kaneria said.

However, Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, said that Kaneria should now fully reveal his role in the events and use his experiences to help Pakistan's anti-corruption processes. Last week the former Pakistan captain Salman Butt admitted for the first time his role in the 2010 spot-fixing at Lord's, in an attempt to earn his career.

Clarke said: "We note, with regret, that Mr Kaneria has neither made any admission of guilt nor expressed any remorse for his corrupt actions despite the weight of evidence against him and the fact that, after two lengthy hearings, his guilt has now been resoundingly established on two separate occasions by two separate independent panels.

"It is high time that Mr Kaneria came clean about his involvement in these corrupt activities and stopped misleading the Pakistan cricket fans and wider public with his empty protestations of innocence.

"We urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself by supporting the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption initiatives and assisting the police and law enforcement bodies in the Asian subcontinent with the vital job of exposing and cutting off the primary source of cricket corruption, namely the illegal bookmakers such as those referred to in the Appeal Panel's findings in this case."

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  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Danish Kaneria, a very dear friend of Mine since School days as we have played together in School team and in other local circuit too. I personally know him as he was from a very humble and a decent family.... Danish cannot do these things with the game of cricket as it was his only bread and butter for his family.

    I truly support him in this regard and will be with him for the rest of his life as he been the proud public figure of our beloved country...

  • sunny on July 6, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    why have different punishments for similar offence.someone gets 5 yrs n another is banned for life.though punishing him is justified this different yardstick is unjust.......n the reason PCB wont help him is so obvious.he was a talented bowler but never got the backing of PCB.why?......obviously because he is not danish mohammed or danish yousuf but danish kaneria.

  • Jason on July 4, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @ruester, actually the PCB have no choice over the life ban as all boards agreed that if a player receives such a ban by that a board affiliated to the ICC all boards had to implement the same level of ban on that player.

    @Nezan Arthas Khan, the punishiments were delivered by two seperate entities, while the ECB took a hard line approach and the ICC didnt. In the case of westfield, the ECB was lenient as he agreed to testify, however it is highly probably that he will never play professional cricket again, as no county will want to be associated with him. He may get to play in local leagues but effectively his profesional career is over.

  • ana on July 4, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    ECB has not shown any evidence todate, it is just verbal testimony by Westfield's... Keneria is right this is insane... If he is guilty i think the ECB should have courage to try his on the court just like they did on asif, amir and salman case... But i sure they will not.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    @ PAKisTANeee786, I certainly follow what you are saying, but I feel you are missing a couple of important points.

    1. You cannot compare salaries in one profession to those in another; so while Kaneria's salary might sound like a brilliant deal by Pakistani standards, it really is not that high by modern international cricketing standards (compared to other top countries). It is not his fault that international players at his level got paid much more during his playing days. Certainly, one must see this from his perspective too.

    2. I see a lot of people talking about Kaneria's commercial/endorsement contracts. Unfortunately, I doubt that Kaneria is marketable in Pakistan (or England), and I really doubt if he's exactly raking in the cash.

    I say all this , not to justify his behavior, but to point out that he may really have done it for the money. However, a life ban is appropriate.

  • farah on July 4, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    The primary question is that Salman Butt, Mohd Asif, Mohd Aamir, Westfield all actually committed the fixing / underperformed but they have been banned for a certain specified period where as Kaneria who is only allegedly involved gets life time ban. No wonder Kaneria is disgusted. This is not equality.

  • Khalid on July 4, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    what seems to be missing in the whole situation and this article is the mention of the exact evidence against Kaneria - it seems to be one mans word + ECB against the other!

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Indeed Desperate Times need Desperate Measures, ICC should come up with more concrete plans to fight out the fixings. Cricket is a Gentlemen's Game and Gentlemen don't Fix. They play with spirit of the Game. Else the Spirit of the game will be Tarnished.

  • Rue on July 4, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    As I understand it the ECB gave him a life ban because they don't want spot fixers to play in our county game. The PCB also followed the life ban because they want to clear up Pakistan cricket. In the case of Butt I really don't see him playing in England you? Kaneria is not an innocent, please Pakistan supporters realise you don't need players like him tarnishing your cricket. The world loves watching Pakistan perform and you have such talented players. If any player tries to fix the outcome of a ball, a wicket or a match even once then he should be banned for life. that is the only way you can stop this.

  • Shiv on July 3, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    Banned for life? Insane. The guys who have been caught red-handed, asif, butt, amir, have got like 5 years ban and this guy gets a life ban.. just ridiculous..and of course PCB wont help.. i really doubt anybody in pak cares about him...

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