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Karachi: Apr 18, 2014
Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in exhibition matches in the United States with banned spinner Danish Kaneria.
Kaneria was given a lifetime ban for spot-fixing in an English county game, which under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules effectively bars him from playing anywhere in the world.
Other Pakistani players involved in the games were Fawad Alam, who staged a comeback in the national team in last month’s Asia Cup, Abdul Razzaq and Shahzaib Hasan.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed said the matter was under investigation.
“We are looking into how these players featured in these matches — authorised or unauthorised — without our permission,” Ahmed told AFP late yesterday.
The United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) could also have questions to answer as banned players such as Kaneria are not allowed to play in any match under the auspices of an ICC member country’s association.
The England and Wales Cricket Board banned Kaneria two years ago for his part in a spot-fixing case during a 2009 county match between Essex and Durham.
A disciplinary board found he had enticed his Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to concede an agreed number of runs in an over in return for money.
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