1 May 2013

Kaneria's father dies

8:05 am on 1 May 2013

The father of Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has died just days after his son lost an appeal in England against a lifetime ban for his role in a spot-fixing plot.

Kaneria's 82-year-old father had been suffering from cancer.

Danish Kaneria was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board after being found guilty of cajoling Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to concede a set number of runs in an over in a 2009 one-day county match.

Kaneria appealed against the ban but it was upheld late last week.

Kaneria became the second player from the Hindu community to play international cricket for Pakistan after Anil Dalpat in the 1980s.

He is Pakistan's leading spinner Test spinner with 261 wickets in 61 matches.