Kaneria's life-ban appeal turned down

The English Court of Appeal refuses application by former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria over his life-ban from cricket

    Kaneria has taken 261 wickets for Pakistan in 61 Tests [AFP]
    Kaneria has taken 261 wickets for Pakistan in 61 Tests [AFP]

    The England and Wales Cricket Board says Danish Kaneria's latest appeal against his life ban from cricket for corruption has been refused by the English Court of Appeal.

    Stanley Burton, sitting in the court, ruled Kaneria's application was "totally without merit", and the former Essex and Pakistan spinner could not ask for the decision to be reconsidered, the ECB said in a release.

    Kaneria, meanwhile, confirmed to Al Jazeera that neither him nor his lawyers have received anything in writing from the court or the ECB.

    We once again urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself

    Giles Clarke, ECB Chairman

    "Whatever I've heard about this latest development is through the media," he told Al Jazeera. "My lawyers are seeking details on this and we will take decide on a course of action once we have something tangible."

    The board said the decision meant Kaneria had exhausted all of his legal options to appeal the life ban by the ECB in 2012 for inducing his Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to bowl deliberately badly in a one-day game in 2009.

    His appeals to the ECB failed in 2013, and at the High Court in London in May.

    "Kaneria acted as a recruiter of potential 'spot-fixers' and used his seniority and international experience to target and corrupt a young and vulnerable player," ECB Chairman Giles Clarke said.

    "It is high time that Mr Kaneria came clean about his involvement in these corrupt activities and stopped misleading the Pakistan cricket fans and wider public with his empty protestations of innocence. We once again urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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