Kaneria files fresh appeal against spot-fixing ban in London court

Johannesburg, Aug 15 (ANI): Banned Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has said that he has filed an appeal in a London court against his life ban for spot-fixing and has vowed to fight on to clear his name.

According to Sport24, Kaneria was banned for life last year after an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary panel found him guilty of spot-fixing in a 2009 county match, in which he allegedly lured his Essex county team-mate Mervyn Westfield into conceding a set number of runs for money in a pre-arranged deal.

The report further said that Kaneria's appeal against the penalty and an attempt to have it reduced were both rejected earlier this year.

However, the player has not lost hope, saying that he has filed an appeal in the Commercial Court through his lawyer in England, adding that his fight against the ban will go on until he is proven innocent.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, famous for blowing the whistle on teammates' involvement in match-fixing in 1994, demanded an independent inquiry, either by the British High Court or by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the Kaneria issue.

The report also said that the ban prevents Kaneria from playing any international or domestic cricket worldwide as boards under ICC's jurisdiction have agreed to uphold punishments imposed by individual countries in such circumstances. (ANI)

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