6 Jul 2013

Kaneria life ban upheld in Pakistan

4:41 pm on 6 July 2013

The Pakistan Cricket Board has endorsed the life ban on Danish Kaneria, effectively ending the career of the former test spinner who was banned in England last year for spot-fixing.

Kaneria was found guilty of corruption while playing for county side Essex in 2009 and his appeal against a life ban from cricket was dismissed by an England and Wales Cricket Board disciplinary panel on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old leg-spinner has repeatedly denied any involvement in trying to engineer particular situations in a game but could not overturn the punishment.

The Pakistan board said in a statement it has upheld the life ban on Kaneria and is bound to recognize, respect and enforce the ban in Pakistan.

A board spokesman said Kaneria was suspended for life from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of cricket in any form or manner under the jurisdiction of PCB.

The spinner, who played the last of his 61 tests against England in 2010, said he had been a victim of injustice right from the start and was consulting his lawyers on whether to appeal in a court of law.