PCB seeks legal opinion from law firm on Kaneria case

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 20:45 [IST]
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PCB seeks legal opinion on Kaneria case

Lahore, Sept 21: The Pakistan cricket Board has sought legal opinion from a law firm in London on the Danish Kaneria case which will come up for hearing on September 27 in the Sindh High Court.

PCB's legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said that the board would get the legal opinion on whether Danish can submit tapes and transcripts of his questioning by the Essex police this week.

"The court at its last hearing directed us to submit a legal opinion from any law firm in London on whether the stance take by Danish is correct on submission of tapes and transcripts," Rizvi said.

Kaneria, Pakistan's most successful Test leg-spinner, went to court against PCB's decision to not clear him for national selection on the basis of his questioning in a spot-fixing case by the Essex police last year in England when he played for Essex.

Kaneria was questioned by the Essex police in connection with allegations that he and his Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield were involved in spot fixing during a Pro-40 match against Durham in September 2009.

The police later said it had found no evidence against Kaneria but have filed criminal charges against Westfield.

Kaneria's lawyer at the last hearing in the Sindh High Court submitted a document by the bowler's English lawyer in which he stated that under English laws they could not submit the tapes and transcripts of the questioning of Kaneria by the Essex police.

The PCB's integrity committee has said it cannot give clearance to Kaneria for national selection until he shows them the transcripts or tapes of the questioning by the Essex police.

"Our point is very clear that in a case where Kaneria's own career and clearance is at stake why is he more worried about the Westfield case," Rizvi said.

Kaneria's lawyers have also taken the plea that they can't submit the tapes or transcripts as the matter is subjudice due to the charges against Westfiled and can have a bearing on his case.

"We will submit our legal opinion on this issue once we get it this week. But our stance is clear whatever judgement the court gives we will follow it in letter and spirit," Rizvi said.

Interestingly, on September 27, the Lahore High Court will also hold a hearing on a writ field by retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar against the decision by the board to ban and fine him 7.5 million rupees for breach of discipline.

The board has already deducted the fine from Shoaib's earnings with them.


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