Kaneria to consult lawyers before hearing

Published: April 7, 2012

Leg-spinner faces ECB hearing over fixing claims. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Danish Kaneria will consult his lawyers before deciding whether to attend a disciplinary hearing called by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) into corruption charges.

Kaneria, who has taken 261 wickets in 61 Tests, was arrested in 2010 along with teammate Mervyn Westfield on suspicion of spot-fixing during an Essex match in 2009 before being released without charge. Kaneria’s Essex contract was terminated in 2010 and he has not played for Pakistan since the scandal came to light, appearing several times before the country’s cricket board integrity committee.

He was also named in a London court in February as a go-between in the spot-fixing scandal that resulted in a four-month prison sentence for Westfield. The court heard that Kaneria told Westfield a friend would pay him to cooperate in a spot-fixing scam — an allegation denied by the Pakistan player.

“We’ve received no notification of the ECB disciplinary hearing so far,” said Kaneria’s brother. “When we get it, we’ll consult our lawyers. Danish was questioned by the Essex Police when this incident took place and was released without being charged. He’s innocent and we have no issues about him going to London to attend the hearing.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2012.

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