Spot fixing: ICC urges worldwide ban on Kaneria

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 9:52 [IST]
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ICC wants worldwide Kaneria ban

Kuala Lumpur, Jun 28: International Cricket Council (ICC) has called for a world-wide ban on tainted cricketer Danish Kaneria following his punishment from England and Wales Cricket Board for his role in spot-fixing.

The Board has sent out a message to all the domestic boards saying they "should recognise and respect the sanctions... including by enforcing and giving effect to them within their own jurisdictions to the fullest extent permitted by law".

Danish Kaneria was banned for life by the ECB following his involvement in spot-fixing and influencing Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield. After the cricketer was banned for life, Kaneria has vowed to appeal the sanction.

The Essex cricketer who was also involved in fixing, was banned for five years for bringing cricket into disrepute, a charge the pace bowler accepted but was also allowed to play club cricket during the last two years of suspension.

ICC is trying to overcome spot-fixing, which includes bowling illegitimate deliveries to order by bookmarkers, during the annual conference in Kuala Lumpur which wraps up on Thursday.

Kaneria, has not played for Pakistan since appearing against England in Aug 2010, the same tour that witnessed the Pak trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif being involved in spot-fixing for bowling two illegitimate deliveries and were jailed.

Butt, jailed for 30 months in Nov 2011 was released on Thursday from London, after accepting the corruption charges.

Similarly, Mohammad Aamer was released in February this year, after a serving half his six-month sentence while Asif was released in the month of May after being issued a 12-month sentence for his involvement in spot-fixing.


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