Spot-fixing June 23, 2012

No objection to Kaneria ban - PCB


The Pakistan board is satisfied with the ECB's disciplinary hearing against Danish Kaneria and has no objection to the sanctions imposed on the legspinner, ESPNcricinfo has learned. The PCB's legal advisor Taffazul Rizvi was present at the five-day hearing as an observer and had access to the charges and evidence against Kaneria, who was found guilty of corruption in relation to the spot-fixing case involving former Essex pace bowler Mervyn Westfield and subsequently banned for life from any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB.

The PCB is seeking a detailed judgment from the England board, which is expected next week, but it is understood that it will, in principle, stand by the ban imposed on Kaneria, who has already been barred from playing for Pakistan since 2010. Kaneria has continued to play domestic cricket in Pakistan but that is also likely to stop now.

Although his punishment was handed out by the ECB, the ICC's anti-corruption code states that decisions based on a domestic board's regulations should be upheld by boards around the world, including the PCB, which will now complete its own integrity committee hearing. Kaneria has said he will appeal against the ECB disciplinary panel's findings and has 28 days to do so.

Kaneria was also due to appear before the PCB's integrity committee but he had refused. "We asked Kaneria to discuss with the PCB about his case but he refused to co-operate so we let him on his own then," PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said. "Pakistan cricket has suffered enough and we don't want to take any further chances. We have a strict zero tolerance against the corrupt element." The integrity committee is now expected to complete its hearing into the Kaneria issue.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • narendra on June 26, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    i also have no objection about this ban right step by bold ECB

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 6:42 GMT


    No that's not right. He landed on Lahore Airport and I m residing in Lahore so can confirm that not more then 180 to 200 people were their to receive him and most of them were his family members. He is expected to hold a press conference soon but mate, to be honest, We Pakistanis despite of loving their talents are having harsh feelings for what they have done to national integrity !!!

  • Ahmed on June 24, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    @Gloucsfan No that's not at all true .. In fact , he's hiding his face from the general public and people are mad at him for hurting their emotions and country's image ... only people who gave him good reception were his family members . I don't know why Jonathan Agnew ( who ever he is ) said that ...

  • jaysean on June 24, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    No objection to kaneria ban

  • Baundule on June 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    PCB's stance is understandable. Kaneria has long been out of their plan. They won't risk their relation with the ECB for him.

  • Arfat on June 24, 2012, 7:40 GMT


    Mervyn WESTFIELD <<=== That's England for you!

  • Anthony on June 24, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Jonathan Agnew said on the radio this week that he had heard that salman butt received a good reception on his return to Pakistan. Can anyone confirm this.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    Im a Pakistani. And I understand that if PCB's official observer was present and PCB don't have any objection on the ban then there must have been some solid evidences. If there was any room for doubt on evidence PCB would have had different thoughts. There should be zero tolerance on corruption. Im with ECB and PCB on this decision. Lets make this beautiful game of cricket clean and lets start from Pakistan.

  • Joe on June 23, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    That's Pakistan for you :)"

  • amit on June 23, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    even we also dont have no objection to Kaneria ban ....

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