Danish Kaneria disappointed by PCB's lack of support in spot-fixing controversy

Danish Kaneria said he had tried several times to approach PCB for help but got no positive response after ECB had banned him for his alleged involvement in spot-fixing © AFP

Karachi: Jul 19, 2013

Banned Test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria whose appeal against a life ban has been rejected by the England and Wales Cricket Board on Tuesday complained about not receiving any support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“It is really disappointing that the PCB is willing to speak up on behalf of players who have spent time in jail but they are not concerned about my case,” Kaneria said on Tuesday.

The leg spinner said he had tried several times to approach PCB for help but got no positive response.

The PCB recently convinced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to form a sub-committee to review anti-corruption laws and also the ban term on Mohammad Aamer.

Kaneria lost his appeal against his life ban from playing in England on Tuesday and as a consequence he can’t play cricket at any level in Pakistan or abroad.

Kaneria said he had been a victim of injustice and malafide intentions from the ECB.

“There is still no evidence against me that I indulged in any spot fixing or introduced anyone to any player from Essex county but yet I have not got justice and the sad part is even the PCB has not supported or fought my case,” he said.

The 32-year-old cricketer said he would now consult his lawyers on whether to file an appeal in the high court in London.

“My entire life has been destroyed and I am in a mess and I still plead to the PCB to look at my case.”

ECB chief executive, Giles Clarke said yesterday that Kaneria had tried to create a team of fixers in county cricket and established links with bookmakers.

He said the life ban appeal was dismissed because the player had shown no remorse or repentance for his act.