Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Pakistan’s disgraced test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria has reiterated his innocence after the dismissal of his appeal against the life-ban imposed by the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his involvement in the notorious spot-fixing saga of 2009.
The ECB panel described Kaneria as a “grave danger for the game of cricket” and charged him as a conspirator who lured in a ‘vulnerable’ Essex county mate, Mervyn Westfield, into fixing during a county game in September 2009.
“It was a one-sided hearing where neither hard nor soft evidence was presented against me. Their sole agenda seemed to bail their countryman [Westfield] out”, maintains Kaneria while talking to this correspondent for News One TV.
The ECB panel also directed Kaneria to pay 2, 00,000 pounds in costs, which the banned leg-spinner termed an unfair penalty. “My case was of 2009, while they applied the code of conduct drafted in 2012, isn’t it unfair?” questions Kaneria, who has 261 Test wickets to his credit – highest by a spinner in Pakistan’s history.
On a question, Kaneria did not rule out the possibility of approaching the court of law in both England and Pakistan. “My lawyers are pondering upon the next course of action and the option of approaching the High Court in London is open”.
“ECB should share the evidence against me with PCB and the media as well. If I have done something wrong, everyone should come to know about it”, concludes Kaneria.