'Banned' Kaneria hopes to revive career by appealing before ECB committee

Johannesburg, Apr 17 (ANI): Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is hoping to revive his international career by appealing against his life ban before a disciplinary committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Kaneria, who was banned by the ECB last year for pressuring former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing in an English county one-day game in 2009, has reportedly left for London where the hearing is to take place next week, Sport24 reports.

Stating that his livelihood is suffering because of the ban, Kaneria said that he hoped that the panel will be independent and neutral in this hearing.

According to the report, the hearing was deferred last December when the ECB was unable to gain Westfield's cooperation to appear before the committee.

However, Kaneria said that he expected Westfield to testify in his favour, adding that he hoped that things will be seen more clearly by the disciplinary committee in the presence of Westfield.

The report further said that Westfield's admission of guilt and his evidence against Kaneria led the ECB to reduce a possible suspension of nine years to five, and allow him to be involved only in club cricket after three years of his ban.

Kaneria, who played for Pakistan from 2000 to 2010 and took 261 wickets in 61 matches, was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board until the spot-fixing case was resolved, the report added. (ANI)

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