Pakistan news May 17, 2011

Kaneria's email fails to satisfy integrity committee


Danish Kaneria's exclusion from the national team looks set to continue for a while yet, after the PCB has said the communication the legspinner sent the board from his former employers Essex "failed to satisfy requirements" of the integrity committee.

The PCB had asked Kaneria to send them a certificate of clearance from Essex following his arrest by police and eventual release last summer in a spot-fixing case involving another player from the county. Earlier this week, Kaneria sent the board an email from Essex in which the club thanked him for his services and explained the reasons he was not being offered another contract. It was an email he had already submitted to the board late last year.

"We have responded to Kaneria," PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarward told ESPNcricinfo. "The clearance letter he sent is something he sent to us six months ago and which we had. We sought legal opinion and confirmed with the ECB, and decided that the document failed to satisfy the requirements of the PCB. So Kaneria has been advised to provide a clearance certificate at the earliest."

What exactly constitutes a "clearance certificate" is unclear: "We just want an idea of what Essex say about him and the case. They were his employers at the time. Will they consider him now?" is what the board's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi told ESPNcricinfo recently. Whether or not Essex will or can provide such a document is another matter altogether. Indications from board officials suggest that such a certificate may not arrive so readily, which leaves a question mark over Kaneria's international future.

Kaneria, presently Pakistan's leading Test wicket-taker, has not played internationals since last summer. He was selected as part of the squad to face South Africa in a series in the UAE in November 2010, but was prevented from travelling by the PCB at the last minute. The board said he had not been cleared by the integrity committee, newly-formed in the wake of the Lord's spot-fixing scandal.

Since then, Kaneria has submitted various financial records and documents and appeared in front of the committee several times, but hasn't managed to satisfy members. Until recently, the committee was asking him for transcripts of his questioning by police in the case, something Kaneria and his lawyers insisted they could not provide as it was part of an ongoing investigation in the UK.

"This is an integrity issue for us," Rizvi had said nearly two weeks ago, when asking for the clearance certificate. "The committee is not just made up of board members or cricketers, it has an ex-judge of the Supreme Court on it and in their opinion, Kaneria had not satisfied them so he has not been cleared. We can't take a risk, so we have asked for this clearance now."

Osman Samiuddin is Pakistan editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 19, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    Thank you God. He isnothing compared to Ajmal and A.Rehman. don't tak about stats, he is not in form any more, this Kaneria

  • Bilal on May 19, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    he deserves to be in test squad of Pakistan team !

  • Jay on May 18, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Poor chap! PCB is asking for Clearance Certificate from his county, while county is asking for clearance certificated from PCB. Seems this has ended his career, altogather.

  • Rakesh on May 18, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    People still consider afridi an all-rounder. what a joke. ppl who suggest kaneria is a loser look at his stats. He is 4th highest wicket taker in test for pakistan.

  • Rakesh on May 18, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    PCB stand for Pathetically Controlled Board. Also Poorly Controlled Board

  • Rauf on May 18, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Seems like PCB will never win any fans. If they allow Kaneria and some damaging report by Essex comes out then ICC will be on their backs. If they don't allow him then Indians and MQM are on their backs for keeping Kaneria out because he is a Hindu or from Karachi. To Indians and MQM supporters... Kaneria played 61 test matches as a Hindu and from Karachi so to say that he is being discriminated against is just ludicrous. Maybe you should look at his performance as of late. He has become too predictable with his googleys and leaks lots of runs plus his fielding and batting is worst then a club player. Who would you pick as a selector.. Saeed Ajmal or Kaneria?

  • Rakesh on May 18, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    PCB stand for Pathetically Controlled Board. Also Poorly Controlled Board

  • Rakesh on May 18, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    @EAMiran - Same argument applies to Afridi's recent form.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    To all those nonsense who are just bombarding PCB and relating this issue to religion, What the hell are you talking about? Even if PCB is wrongly demanding the clearance certificate from county, why Kaneria is not providing this certificate? If he has been cleared then its just the case of a telephone call or an email to the county and Kaneria can easily get a fresh clearance report and present it to PCB. But now it seems as if Kaneria has not been cleared by the county, that's why he can't provide fresh certificate. Moreover, in presence of better spinners like Saeed Ajmal and better allrounders like Hafeez and Afridi plus Abdul Rehman, who needs toothless, expensive, lazy and bat-less Kaneria in the team? He is better to retire now from international cricket

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Well I do not see any hope for cricketers of Karachi as the most of the present Pakistan team members and its Board are from Panjab. Why such double standard when it comes to making decesions for cricketers from Punjab? May be the Cricket Chief and his croanies are all from Punjab or those few from Karachi are completely sold out.

    With all the talent amongst Muhajirs I wonder why they do not wish to see cricketers from karachi in the national team? MQM representing Muhajirs are interested in their own political interest and not concerned to look into the interest of cricketers from Karachi.


    Zahid Hussain Toronto, Canada

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