Spot-fixing July 3, 2013

Kaneria 'disgusted' by spot-fixing ban

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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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  • 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...

  • shaantanu 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.

  • YorkshirePudding 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_ibrahim 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.

  • 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.

  • somethingdifferent 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.

  • khan_man 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!

  • 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.

  • ruester 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 again...do 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.

  • ProdigyA 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...

  • 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...

  • shaantanu 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.

  • YorkshirePudding 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_ibrahim 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.

  • 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.

  • somethingdifferent 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.

  • khan_man 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!

  • 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.

  • ruester 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 again...do 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.

  • ProdigyA 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...

  • shillingsworth on July 3, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    @irishwolfhound - The evidence was not based solely on Westfield's testimony and the reasons for the panel finding against Kaneria have been published on this site. See http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/569429.html

    @bad_boy - In England, breaking the ECB's code of conduct is not a criminal offence and sports disciplinary panels have no power to imprison anyone.

    @Hammad-Hasan - The disciplinary panel say that there is plenty of evidence against Kaneria. They've explained the reasons for their decision. You say there is no evidence. On what basis?

  • on July 3, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    The only reason I have some sympathy for Kaneria is that But, Asif and Amir, Samules, did not get a life ban. I support life ban on player who are involved in fixing but I do not support the way it is being implemented. some players getting life ban and some getting only 3 years( samules) and 5 years (amir) which in my opinion is not fair. Before people start saying that Amir is talented and should be given chance well that is out of the question because it is more likely that talented player will be involved in fixing because they control the outcome of the game. Kaneria should have been given a ban based on punishments handed out to other players. But I guess that is ECB decision not ICC?

  • 214ty on July 3, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    A life ban for match fixing! I am definitely not condoning his actions. But did he kill someone to deserve a life ban? I think ICC needs to revisit their rules and regulations and stop damaging people's future, especially young players. PCB need to stop isolating themselves in a corner and wake-up. Do not let ICC damage the future of your good players. Amir is one of the most promising players I've ever seen. I know that ICC wants to send out a strong message, but all these punishments need to be relaxed.

  • landl47 on July 3, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    No-one's buying it, Danish. If you want forgiveness, say you're sorry.

  • Chris_P on July 3, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    @Hammad-Hasan. Take off your blinkers & smell the coffee. There is an undeniable weight of evidence against him, he was found guilty beyond question & given exactly what he deserves. He soiled this great game & deserves the full extent of punishment. He is lucky criminal charges weren't held against him. The question whether he should have got the same ban as others is not the real one, it is why the others didn't get the full treatment. @Werner Blomberg. Grow up please.

  • AndyMick on July 3, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Unlucky, cheated, got caught, should have thought about the consequences before he took the dish. What I find really amazing is that over the last 20 years or so most f the "cheating" that we here about in cricket seems to involved"Asian" cricket, perhaps there may be a clue there if we look closer. Perhaps we should pay these guys proper money for their skills so that they may not be so easily tempted. Probably wont publish this.

  • Sal76 on July 3, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    While all forms of fixing should be severely punished under the law, I do believe that the law should apply to all guilty parties in a like manner. I don't know the details but from all articles that I have read it appears that Westfield was imprisoned as there was evidence against him and Kaneria was not imprisoned as there was no evidence against him and Westfield's testimony alone was not sufficient. He was given "benefit of doubt" by the judiciary. If that was the case, then what evidence did the ECB have to implicate Kaneria in this manner? If they did have such overwhelming evidence that 2 separate panels found him guilty, then why wasn't such evidence handed over to the police? I find that REALLY REALLY odd. Is there any truth to his claims of victimization? I think it is high time the ECB shared the nature of the evidence so that the public will know the truth about his guilt or innocence and end all matters of speculation, one way or another.

  • on July 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Accusation isn't equal to Evidence , just like opinion isn't equal to facts and without proof there's absolutely no case whatever the hearing.Injustice is Injustice regardless whoever the victim maybe from whatever background.

  • on July 3, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    There is a pungent smell surrounding the Kaneria case. The other guy accused him and repented; now he can play again. Kaneria can never play ever again. He claims there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. The ICC wants him to apologise and admit his guilt. Say sorry and we will let u play again. Its all so confusing. PCB won't say a word in his defense. They have disowned him a long ago and don't care. The man is finished for good. Sorry Kaneria. But what were u thinking?

  • gsamiru on July 3, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Don't know exactly what the situation or how severe the conditions are, But feels 'A life Ban' is too much, it totally destroys his life ....... If someone can give a comparison between Butt's and Kaneria's cases, people will be able to come to a conclusion on the penalties - weather it's reasonable of not ....... ! What ever said and done, fixing should be eliminated from Cricket either by hook or by crook .....

  • PAKisTANeee786 on July 3, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    at Werner Blomberg, 2500 pounds a month is more than enough for a lot of young players, because converting to PKR, results in almost 380,000, which is more than enough for a player in Pakistan. Additionally, several players do commercial ads and etc, and get heavy loads of money, possibly even more than they get form PCB. So your comment regarding justifying their act is horrendous, i mean what else can a players ask for, if he is playing for his country. However, this fact cannot underly the ruling on Kaneria, this guy has been hard done by the ECB. Someone accuses him, and that person gets away with a minimal term, with this poor guys banned for life. DOUBLE STANDARDS!!

  • YorkshirePudding on July 3, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    @Posted by on (July 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT), what has the level of salaries got to do with anything, Pakistan Cricketers might be paid £2500/month, but the average salary in Pakistan is about £175/month so comparing their salaries with those of other nations like India, Aus, England, and SA is a poor argument.

    You also have to remember that some of these guys get contracts in England/Aus and get paid £30-40,000 while working for a county, not to mention all the sponsorship that gets thrown at them from equipment makers, and other companies like Pepsi.

    (I tried to make this point earlier but it wasnt published)

  • Cyril_Knight on July 3, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    @Hammad-Hasan there is truckloads of evidence against Kaneria, that is why he was found guilty and why that sentence upheld twice! Unfortunately "cajoling and pressurising" doesn't fall under UK law, it does however contravene all ECB rules around match-fixing and contact with bookmakers, hence only a cricket punishment. If Kaneria had not been at Essex, Westfield would not have committed the crime and would not have gone to prison.

  • on July 3, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    The thing that is problematic in this case is this.

    Westfield went to prison for spot fixing, and has a small ban. Kaneria was not charged by the police, but given a life ban by the ECB.

  • disco_bob on July 3, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I agree in the double standards, Butt should also have been given a life ban, like Kaneria he also groomed and corrupted other players which is a far worse crime than the actual match fixing.

  • Krisy on July 3, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I believe Danish Kaneria has a point, ECB did not prove his guilt in any court of law. ECB allowed their player Westfield to play from April 2014 and why life ban for Kaneria.

    Kaneria has a point, why PCB did not support Kaneria, while PCB president actively supporting their other players Butt, Amir, Asif . PCB making themselves looking bad by adopting these double standards.

  • on July 3, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    If he committed a crime he should be in jail just like Asif / Amir / Butt

    If there is no crime how is he still banned?

  • YorkshirePudding on July 3, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @Posted by on (July 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT), this is the problem, comparing apples and oranges, comparing £2500 per month in England would be sub-par but in Pakistan where the average salary is something like £175-200 per month, it makes them exteremly wealthy.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Really Feel For him..Great Friend of Mine..Ecb shame on you..

  • ObjectiveCricketism on July 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I find this case odd to say the least and there may well be some injustice involved. Perhaps Cricinfo can do an article telling us exactly what evidence the ECB has against Kaneria.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    i recently read the salaries pakistan test players receive. something like 2500 pounds per month is nothing. I would spot fix too.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    He must not pull the minority card. Do the crime, do the time.

    Simple fact is, that if he did come back and play cricket, and have a bad day it would immediately be assumed he was fixing again.

    Lifetime bans are the only worthy punishment in my humble opinion.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    My heart bleeds for him, really it does....

  • Hammad-Hasan on July 3, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Amazaing the man who got punishment his ban is relaxed while there is no evidence against kaneria he has been banned for life time. Trulley disguisting

  • wrenx on July 3, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    It might be that I've not been following the case all that closely, but do we know what the alleged evidence against him actually is? I take it it's not a video sting like it was for Asif, Amir and Butt. Is his ban a result of testimony from Westfield alone?

  • OnlyKaps on July 3, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    ..and we are 'disgusted' by what you did. arent you ?

  • bad_boy on July 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    if they have evidence against him.. what is the reason for not sending him to prison?

  • milepost on July 3, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    A life ban is indeed a severe punishment but it is the only punishment that should be handed out for fiddling cricket matches regardless of if it is spot or match fixing. There is no place for it in our game and therefore no place for players that do it.

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  • milepost on July 3, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    A life ban is indeed a severe punishment but it is the only punishment that should be handed out for fiddling cricket matches regardless of if it is spot or match fixing. There is no place for it in our game and therefore no place for players that do it.

  • bad_boy on July 3, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    if they have evidence against him.. what is the reason for not sending him to prison?

  • OnlyKaps on July 3, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    ..and we are 'disgusted' by what you did. arent you ?

  • wrenx on July 3, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    It might be that I've not been following the case all that closely, but do we know what the alleged evidence against him actually is? I take it it's not a video sting like it was for Asif, Amir and Butt. Is his ban a result of testimony from Westfield alone?

  • Hammad-Hasan on July 3, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Amazaing the man who got punishment his ban is relaxed while there is no evidence against kaneria he has been banned for life time. Trulley disguisting

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    My heart bleeds for him, really it does....

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    He must not pull the minority card. Do the crime, do the time.

    Simple fact is, that if he did come back and play cricket, and have a bad day it would immediately be assumed he was fixing again.

    Lifetime bans are the only worthy punishment in my humble opinion.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    i recently read the salaries pakistan test players receive. something like 2500 pounds per month is nothing. I would spot fix too.

  • ObjectiveCricketism on July 3, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I find this case odd to say the least and there may well be some injustice involved. Perhaps Cricinfo can do an article telling us exactly what evidence the ECB has against Kaneria.

  • on July 3, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Really Feel For him..Great Friend of Mine..Ecb shame on you..