London: Former Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria has been has been banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over his involvement in spot-fixing. Earlier on Friday, Kaneria – who also plays for Essex – had been found guilty of two charges of corruption under the ECB’s regulations, and the governing body has now issued a life ban for involvement in the playing, organization and administration of any cricket under its jurisdiction.
Former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield was also charged with bringing the game intro disrepute under the ECB's regulations to which he pleaded guilty, and he has been handed a five-year ban. Westfield will be allowed to play club cricket after three years.
In his ruling Gerard Elias QC said: "We regard Kaneria as a grave danger to the game of cricket and we must take every appropriate step our game from his corrupt activities. Accordingly, we are unanimously of the view that the only appropriate sanction in relation both charges is one of suspension for life, and that is the sanction we impose. This means from today Danish Kaneria is suspended form any involvement in the playing, organization and administration under the jurisdiction of the ECB."
It is expected that the Pakistan Cricket Board will take action against Kaneria, 31, who has not represented Pakistan since August 2010, during the same series against England that saw the infamous spot-fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir being jailed on corruption charges.