Spot-fixer Kaneria loses life ban appeal

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 02, 2013 19:59 hrs

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria is still banned from the game for life after his appeal against the decision handed down to him in 2012 was upheld by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday in London.

Kaneria was found guilty of spot-fixing and recruiting other players to do so while playing for Essex. The case also involved bowler Mervyn Westfield, who appealed the length of his ban and was shown some leniency.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: "The appeal panel's findings in this case clearly confirm the disciplinary panel's finding that Mr 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.

"The ECB will continue to advocate the need for the strongest possible deterrent sanctions for anyone found guilty of such conduct. Such sanctions are vital for the protection of the integrity of our great game.

"We trust that today's decision will serve as a stark reminder to all professional cricketers and those involved in professional cricket of the life-changing consequences of corruption and the importance of immediately reporting any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities."

Kaneria's co-conspirator, Westfield, was luckier in his appeal, as the panel decided to reduce the time he had to wait before playing club cricket. His five year professional ban was upheld, but he can play for a club as of April 2014.

ECB chief David Collier said: "The ECB notes the appeal panel's decision on Mr Westfield's appeal against the length of his ban. Without Mr Westfield's stand, the corrupt actions of Mr Kaneria might not have been exposed.

"The ECB will support Mr Westfield's efforts to rehabilitate himself and as part of this process hopes that he can raise awareness of the dangers of corruption in cricket.

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