Karachi: Dec 11, 2012
The hearing into Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria’s appeal against a life ban had to be adjourned in London after the counsel for the player objected to the absence of key witness, Mervyn Westfield, from the proceedings.
According to details available with PTI, the counsel for Kaneria, QC Tim Maloney, raised the issue that since Westfield was the main witness in the whole case, his presence at the hearing was imperative.
Westfield absented himself from the hearing on grounds of ill-health.
The former Essex player and teammate of Kaneria at the county was jailed by a crown court for a short period after confessing to accept payments for under-performing in a Pro-40 match against Durham in late 2009.
Westfield later also named Kaneria as his alleged corrupter which led to a disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) imposing a life ban on Kaneria in June this year.
Kaneria has appealed against the life ban and at the first appeal hearing on Monday Westfield was not present.
“Although the ECB counsel kept on insisting before the five-member appeal tribunal that it was not necessary to have Westfield at the hearing but Kaneria’s counsel argued that since it was on the basis of his confession and testimony that his client was declared a grave danger to cricket,” a source aware of the hearing developments said.