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Banned Kaneria unlikely to play in Pakistan, says PCB

July 1, 2012 - Karachi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has said that it is highly unlikely that leg spinner Danish Kaneria will be allowed to play now even if he appeals against his ban over a spot fixing charge.

"It is highly unlikely he will be allowed to play now even if he appeals the decision," said PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.

According to the Express Tribune, Kaneria was banned for life from any involvement in cricket under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) earlier this month after being found guilty of corruption while playing for county side Essex.

"We have an obligation to the ICC anti-corruption code which states clearly that member countries must also implement decisions relating to corruption against any player in their jurisdictions," PCB chief operating officer, Subhan Ahmed said.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), at its executive board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, urged all member countries for a worldwide ban on Kaneria.

Kaneria, who has played 61 tests and taken 261 wickets for Pakistan, has said he is innocent and will appeal the life ban.

The 31-year-old was found guilty by the ECB of encouraging or attempting to encourage Essex team mate Mervyn Westfield to under perform in a match in 2009.

Kaneria was named in a London court in February as a go-between in a spot-fixing scandal that resulted in Westfield going to jail for four months.


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