No immediate relief for Shoaib Malik, Kaneria

Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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No immediate relief for Malik, Kaneria

Lahore, Aug 17: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria are unlikely to get immediate relief from Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee and the duo might have to wait for some more time before they could be considered for national selection again.

The integrity committee at its hearing on Aug 15 was not satisfied with the explanations of the two players over the questions on their integrity.

"Malik was given a 15-minute hearing, while Kaneria's hearing hardly lasted for 8-10 minutes," a source told PTI.

In Malik's case, PTI has learnt that the chances of him getting cleared immediately to play for Pakistan are slim, although he once again pleaded his innocence before the integrity committee.

The former skipper also submitted documents to the board explaining how he got an amount of 95,000 pounds in his bank account and where he had spent it.

"Although there is sympathy for Malik amongst the integrity committee members and the board because he avoided giving any controversial statements, yet the committee is not satisfied enough to give him clearance," a source said.

The source also revealed that Malik had been trying to use his political connections to exert pressure on the PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to close his case but so far nothing had materialised.

"Malik will be eventually cleared but it will not happen soon," the source informed.

As far as Kaneria's case is concerned, the source said that the leg-spinner seemed to have reached a dead end and there was a clear deadlock between him and the integrity committee.


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