Panel rejects Kaneria's appeal against ECB-imposed ban over spot-fixing

London, Apr 27 (ANI): Former Pakistani and Essex spinner Danish Kaneria's appeal against a lifetime ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a spot-fixing incident was rejected yesterday by a five-man panel from the cricket discipline commission.

According to a ECB statement, an appeal panel of the commission dismissed Kaneria's appeal against a finding of a disciplinary panel in June 2012 which found that he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB's regulations, the Guardian reports.

Kaneria, who has denied the charges, was suspended by the ECB in June following his alleged role in a spot-fixing case during a Pro40 match for Essex in 2009, for allegedly pressuring his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting money for trying to concede a specific amount of runs in a single over.

Admitting that he was disappointed by the decision, Kaneria hinted that he and his lawyers may take further action against his ban, probably in court, once they receive the written reasons behind the decision.

According to the report, although Westfield served two months of a four-month prison sentence last year following a criminal investigation by Essex police but Kaneria has not been subject to criminal proceedings.

However, the report added, whereas Westfield has been banned from the sport for

five years, Kaneria was handed a lifetime ban by the ECB. (ANI)


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