3 Jul 2011

Kaneria seeks court help for Pakistan clearance

7:12 am on 3 July 2011

Test spinner Danish Kaneria has filed a High Court petition against the Pakistan Cricket Board's refusal to clear him to play international cricket.

The board's legal adviser Tafazzul Rizvi says it has its reasons for not clearing Kaneria as he has still not satisfied them completely.

Rizvi was referring to the fact the leg-spinner had his contract terminated by English county Essex last season after he had come under investigation in a spot-fixing case involving a Pro-40 match.

Essex police cleared Kaneria, 30, who submitted letters to the PCB from the International Cricket Council and his county team to prove he was not under investigation.

The court is due to hear the petition on Monday.

Kaneria, who has taken 261 wickets in 61 tests, last appeared for Pakistan against England in Nottingham in August 2010.