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Disgraced Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria’s appeal to have his life ban overturned has been rejected by the Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton in the UK’s Court of Appeal.
Kaneria was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2012 for being the mastermind behind the Mervyn Westfield match-fixing scandal.
Kaneria is not allowed to play any cricket affiliated with the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, his ban has not stopped him from playing Twenty20 cricket in the United States.
“Kaneria has exhausted all the legal options available to him to appeal a life ban imposed for his role in spot-fixing while playing for Essex,” an ECB statement said.
ECB chairman Giles Clarke added: “The ECB welcomes today’s decision to dismiss the application by Mr Kaneria to appeal the life ban imposed for his corrupt activity. Mr Kaneria acted as a recruiter of potential ‘spot-fixers’ and used his seniority and international experience to target and corrupt a young and vulnerable player.
“It is high time that Mr Kaneria came clean about his involvement in these corrupt activities and stopped misleading the Pakistan cricket fans and wider public with his empty protestations of innocence.
“We once again urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself by supporting the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption initiatives and assisting the police and law enforcement bodies in the Asian subcontinent with the vital job of exposing and cutting off the primary source of cricket corruption.”