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Danish loses final appeal

Calcutta: Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has lost his final legal challenge in an English court against a life ban imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for spot-fixing while playing for county side Essex.

A media release from the ECB said: “Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton, sitting in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, ruled that the application by Kaneria, the former Pakistan international, was ‘totally without merit’.”

Judge Burton also decided Kaneria could not request the decision to be reconsidered at an oral hearing.

“He also decided that Kaneria could not request the decision to be reconsidered at an oral hearing. It means that Kaneria has exhausted all the legal options available to him to appeal a life ban imposed for his role in spot-fixing while playing for Essex.”

Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, welcomed the decision. “ECB welcomes today’s decision to dismiss the application by Mr Kaneria to appeal the life ban imposed for his corrupt activity. 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,” 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 by supporting the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption initiatives and assisting the police and law enforcement bodies in the Asian sub continent with the vital job of exposing and cutting off the primary source of cricket corruption,” Clarke added.

In May, Britain’s High Court rejected Kaneria’s bid to overturn the ban imposed by ECB for encouraging a teammate to bowl badly on purpose.

The ECB had charged Kaneria, then playing for Essex, with inducing teammate Mervyn Westfield to “deliberately concede” runs in an English county limited-overs match against Durham in 2010.

The ban was then subsequently applied globally by the ICC and Kaneria lost an appeal with the ECB disciplinary panel in July last year.