ECB rejects Kaneria's appeal against life ban

Sydney, July 3 (ANI): The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has rejected an appeal by former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria against a lifetime ban from cricket on Tuesday at a hearing in London.

Kaneria was given a life ban by the ECB last year after a panel found him guilty of inducing his then Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to deliberately under-perform by agreeing to concede a certain number of runs in return for money in a county match in 2009, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to an ECB statement, the panel of the ECB's cricket discipline commission upheld the life ban imposed on Kaneria by a disciplinary panel in June 2012 given that it had found that he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB's regulations.

However, the statement added that it however, chose to 'vary' the sanction imposed on Westfield by saying that he could return to club cricket on April 1 next year if he takes part in a 'stringent' anti-corruption programme.

According to the report, although imposed by the ECB, Kaneria's ban was effectively a worldwide sanction as all boards under the jurisdiction of the International Cricket Council (ICC) have agreed to uphold punishments imposed by individual member countries in such circumstances.

Kaneria, who has repeatedly protested his innocence, has now seen two appeals against ECB charges fail after a CDC panel dismissed his case in April, the report added. (ANI)

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