KARACHI: Pakistan on Friday endorsed England's decision to uphold the life ban on Danish Kaneria, calling on the leg-spinner to reflect on his conduct and start a process of rehabilitation.

The 32-year-old was banned for his part in a 2009 spot-fixing scandal, in which he lured his Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to concede an agreed number of runs in an over in return for money.

A disciplinary committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned Kaneria for life in June last year. His first appeal was rejected in April. On Tuesday, an ECB appeal panel rejected his second appeal, which asked for the ban to be reduced.

A disgusted Kaneria accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of not helping him, but the organisation rejected his claim.

“Kaneria was duly represented in the proceedings through a legal counsel of his choice and no question with regard to jurisdiction, composition, procedure or fairness of the appeal panel was raised by Kaneria's counsel,” the PCB said.

Kaneria hit back once more Friday, saying: “The PCB is acting as if I have not done any service to Pakistan.”

He added: “The ECB has made me a scapegoat to save their county cricket and England is one country which is against the revival of international cricket in Pakistan but our board is siding with them.”

The ban effectively prevents Kaneria from playing any form of the game anywhere in the world as boards under the International Cricket Council (ICC) have to enforce bans imposed by any country.

The PCB said Kaneria would remain banned from all cricket in Pakistan as per ICC rules.

“Therefore, Kaneria is suspended for life from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of cricket in any form or manner under the jurisdiction of PCB,” it said.

The body added: “The PCB hopes Kaneria will reflect on his past conduct and will now initiate efforts towards redemption and rehabilitation.”

Kaneria took 261 wickets in 61 Tests, the highest by any Pakistani spinner.

Three other Pakistani players -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir -- were banned in 2011 after being found guilty of spot-fixing in a Test in England in 2010.

Butt and Amir have confessed and are due to start rehabilitation under PCB guidance.

The PCB last week asked the ICC to look into the possibility of reducing Amir's five-year ban.

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July 5, 2013 2:59 pm

Rather than being disgusted I would have expected Mr. Kaneria to be ashamed of what he has done. He has not only let his team down but brought shame to Pakistan and Pakistanis.

July 5, 2013 3:54 pm

What on earth is PCB doing? ECB reduced the banned of a person who also commented same crime and there is no evidence against Danish Kaneria just single man's words are enough for life ban? I don't know what to say but PCB should fight for Kaneria otherwise no reason to fight for Aamir as well. Why ICC didn't banned spot fixers of IPL? They only ban Pakistani cricketers and umpires for any good reason anyone?

Naeem Syed
July 5, 2013 4:24 pm

Isn't there a pattern in this ? All your Best Bowlers are being taken out systematically. What is wrong and what can we do to fix it? That is the real question.

Mohammad Ashraf
July 5, 2013 5:11 pm

Ban imposed by ECB and endorsed by ICC on Kaneria should also be applicable to Butt and Asif as both have committed the same crime. Butt had been denying the allegations but recently had accepted it publicly. If PCB is following ICC ruling against Kaneria then it should endorse the same against Butt and Asif. I fail to understand, how long the country will support these traitors and cheater who defamed the country for making money. These two should also be banned for life with no consideration for rehabilitation, aimed to bring them back in the team. PCB should set precedent for others to avoid the route followed by Butt, Asif, Amir and Kaneria.

July 5, 2013 7:04 pm

Time for PCB to also reflect on it's own conduct for the past 25 years.

July 5, 2013 7:29 pm

Hypocritical conduct from PCB. Why no life ban for Salman Butt, who has achieved much less for the country when compared to Kaneria?

July 5, 2013 7:43 pm

Why is he not getting the same punishment as Butt, Asif or Amir? Media needs to provide more details to explain life ban for a county cricket spot fixing incident (Kaneria) as opposed to a 5-10 year ban for spot fixing in international cricket (Butt, Asif, Amir). Otherwise the punishment seems overly harsh.

July 5, 2013 9:37 pm

Dear Mr. Najm Sethi,

For PCB to clean the menace of spot fixing for all time they should immediately ban anyone who has been accused of spot fixing. The player must clear his name and the only way for him to do that is to sue the party and parties who have accused him. PCB shopuld help the player with legal counsul. Once a player has done that they can get back to playing cricket temporarily till such time a decision is taken by the court. In the past Kamran Akmal, Imran farhat, Wahaz Riaz and a few others were also accused by Majeed who was accused and confessed in the case of M/s Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif.

zia khan
July 6, 2013 12:18 am

@Shakeel: ICC has not taken action against Indian players because India itself has started investigation. In our case PCB was a spectator and kept defending the criminals till last moment. Probably ICC will have something to say about IPL players once investigation and court proceedings are over. Kaneria must tell the truth and confess his crime. I don't see any reason why another player will involve him just for nothing.

July 6, 2013 12:44 am

@Naeem Syed: You see a conspiracy in this? It's a case of cheating - let's leave it at that. Let's not drag any conspiracy theories in here because nobody believes them outisde Pakistan. And they are right.

Yankee cricket Lover
July 6, 2013 4:04 am

@Mohammad Ashraf: You conveniently left out Amir from your request for ban. Was he not part of the same crime? I don't understand why everyone, you included, show a double-standard when it comes to Amir. As Amir is the only one who actually admitted to committing the crime, he should also be given the same ban that you are requesting for Asif and Salman.

July 6, 2013 8:44 am

Though, I want to believe Kaneria of his innocence and yes just the words of a convict are not enough but if he thinks he is not fairly treated by ECB in its hearing, he has the option of going back to courts and CAS.

I agree with some comments that PCB should not discriminate between the 3 cheaters caught earlier and Kaneria. All of them should serve their ban properly as per ICC code without showing unnecessary sympathies towards socalled innocent Amir. I do feel ethinic and religious background would again rule over in case of Butt and he would get some leeway while Danish being from a minoroty and not from the powerful province will be denied of any relaxations

July 6, 2013 9:21 am

Everyone is busy bashing Kaneria He has always been treated by PCB over selection. what people are not hearing is his claim that ECB is protecting its county players. People should stand up to this unjust. why only non white players are charged ? one needs to look at IPL and see its an international problem.

July 6, 2013 9:26 am

Everyone is busy bashing Kaneria He has always been treated by PCB over selection. what people are not hearing is his claim that ECB is protecting its county players. People should stand up to this unjust. why only non white players are charged ? one needs to look at IPL and see its an international problem.

July 6, 2013 1:51 pm

@Naeem Syed: what is wrong is that they are all cheaters and I don't think we want to do any more 'fixing' :-)

July 6, 2013 2:19 pm

@Khalid and everyone else; for God's sake spare me the conspiracy theories against Pakistan. I agree, Kaneria has been banned for life, so should Butt and Asif. These guys are absolute scum and deserve to be made an example of. Please Kaneria, just go away now, you've done enough "service" for your country.

fida sayani
July 6, 2013 2:43 pm

@Khalid: Since when Pakistani had shame? Musharaf and Zia sold their country to other nation to protect/save their rule.

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