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Disgraced Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has requested the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to help him pay the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) £249,000.
Kaneria’s plea for help comes just a day after the ECB filed a writ petition in the Sindh High Court to recover the fines Kaneria has yet to pay.
Kaneria was banned for life and charged £100,000 after being found guilty of spot-fixing and corruption in June 2012. However, the leg-spinner’s costs have soared after his failed attempts to appeal the decision on two occasions.
Interestingly, Kaneria claims that he hasn’t received any word from the court regarding the petition the ECB filed.
“I still haven’t received any notice from the court regarding the application filed on behalf of the ECB in the Sindh High Court for recovery of the money from me,” he told PTI.
With his debts having spiralled out of control, Kaniera has urged the PCB to help him pay the £249,000 he owes.
“Yes it would be a big support if the PCB guided or helped me in this situation,” he said. “So far all these years I have fought to prove my innocence all alone and it has dried up my resources and that of my family.
“I hope the PCB will help me our as will members of the cricket community. I am already devastated for the last three years and now this…I came back to Pakistan after losing my appeals reconciled to the fact that cricket was over for me now…but my misfortunes don’t seem to end.”
When asked if he would consider coming clean and admitting that he helped fix a limited overs match while playing for Essex in 2009, Kaneria said: “Then why have I wasted my hard earned money, gone through such torture and given so much stress to my family. I have been only trying to prove my innocence all this time.”