PCB to support ECB regarding Kaneria inquiry

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Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 17:12 [IST]
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Westfield jailed for spot-fixing

Lahore, Feb 18: Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee has offered its support to the England Cricket Board in order to hold an inquiry regarding Danish Kaneria's involvement in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case, PCB's legal advisor has said.

Danish Kaneria, the former Pakistan and Essex player was not on trial, as former Essex player Westfield was sentenced for four months after the bowler pleaded guilty to the charge of accepting or oobtaining corrupt payments.

Though, former Pakistan spinner's name dominated the court proceedings as it is alleged that he was the one who led Westfield astray.

The 23 year old bowler, Westfield had admitted that he accepted 6000 Pounds, to give a set number of runs during a Pro40 match against Durham in September 2009.

Alongwith Westfield, Kaneria was also arrested in 2010 for charges as he was dropped due to lack of confidence, could now face an investigation by the ECB.

"This match was an England domestic match, so it's in the ECB's basic jurisdiction, but since Danish is a Pakistan player we are obviously looking into the matter with a lot of concern," Rizvi told cricinfo, a leading cricket website. "The stance of the PCB is one of zero tolerance towards any player with questionable integrity.

"The judgment of Westfield raised a lot of questions but in law everybody is innocent until proven guilty. A detailed inquiry is required and the integrity committee will resume its proceedings in due course. The PCB will be working closely with the ECB to get to the bottom of this matter."

Despite the recent developments, Kaneria is leading Sind in the Pentangular Cup final, which began in Lahore today. Pakistan board though did not prevent him from playing the match as they did not want to act in haste.

"Even Westfield was suspended after he was sentenced so there should not be a knee-jerk reaction. The integrity committee has taken up a detailed inquiry proceeding and obviously fairness has to be followed in all proceedings," Rizvi said.

With more twists and turns to this case, Kaneria's lawyer says that his client had been cleared by ICC.

"At the time of the police inquiry, Kaneria was not charged and [was] cleared. "The ICC cleared him. We feel that Kaneria was discharged in the case," Naseem, Kaneria's lawyer said.


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