Lahore, Jul 10: Close on England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) decision to impose life ban on legspinner Danish Kaneria, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also acted tough by slapping a temporary ban on him in Pakistan.
Recently, ECB had banned Kaneria for life for his involvement in spot-fixing in England county circuit. Now it is the turn of his home cricket board to keep him away from the game. Kaneria cannot take part in any cricket related activities in Pakistan.
"After deliberating the Kaneria case the integrity committee of the board, which also includes a retired judge, decided to wait until a decision comes on any appeal that Kaneria files against his life ban. But until that time he is not eligible to play anywhere and at any level in the country," a board official was quoted by a PTI report on Monday.
A PCB statement said: "The committee discussed in detail the ICC and PCB Anti-Corruption codes under which Pakistan Cricket Board is bound to recognize, respect and enforce the ban in it's respective jurisdiction.
"It was also brought to the knowledge of the committee that Mr. Kaneria intends to appeal against the decision of the Cricket Discipline Commission. After legal evaluation of the matter the committee agreed that any final decision should only be taken once the outcome of appeal by Mr. Kaneria was known.
"Keeping in view this aspect, and in the light of the decision by CDC of ECB dated 22nd June 2012, the facts of which are being considered in detail by the Integrity Committee, and till the matter is finally concluded by ECB's Appeal Panel, the Integrity Committee decided that Mr. Danish Kaneria will not be eligible to play any cricket match, or participate in any cricket event/activity in Pakistan."
Last month, during its Annual Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, International Cricket Council (ICC) had urged member countries to impose worldwide ban on the spinner.