Kane­ria to seek com­pen­sa­tion from ECB


Dis­graced Pak­istani legspin­ner Dan­ish Kane­ria will seek com­pen­sa­tion from English cricket au­thor­i­ties for de­lay­ing his ap­peal against a life ban im­posed for spot-fix­ing last year, his lawyer said.

The 32-year-old's ap­peal against the ban was ad­journed un­til April 22 af­ter Kane­ria's ac­cuser, former Es­sex bowler Mervyn West­field re­port­edly re­fused to ap­pear in the hear­ing in De­cem­ber last year.

Kane­ria, Pak­istan's most suc­cess­ful Test spin­ner with 261 wick­ets in 61 matches, was banned af­ter West­field named him in an Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in­quiry in June last year. West­field was banned for five years.

Kane­ria's lawyer Farogh Naseem said his client was dis­traught by the de­lay in hear­ing his ap­peal. "We will def­i­nitely seek com­pen­sa­tion from the ECB as be­cause of the ban my client has been un­able to play and earn a liv­ing," Naseem told AFP.

Naseem re­fused to dis­close the ex­act fig­ure but went on to say that it will be "sub­stan­tial". "We feel that they not only have de­layed the pro­ce­dure, but they re­fused to al­low an in­terim mea­sure un­til it was de­cided. Kane­ria should have been al­lowed to con­tinue to play while the mat­ter was set­tled," the lawyer said.

Two years ago, Kane­ria was ar­rested by Es­sex po­lice on charges of in­duc­ing his team­mate West­field to con­cede a cer­tain num­ber of runs in an over in re­turn of money dur­ing a Pro-40 match against Durham in 2009.

The Pak­istani leg-spin­ner was not charged but West­field named Kane­ria as the go­b­e­tween dur­ing a crim­i­nal in­quiry last year, which ended in a four-month jail term for the English­man.

Un­der In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil rules bans im­posed on a player by any coun­try have to be ap­plied by all mem­ber boards. Naseem said his client wants the ap­peal to be heard in pub­lic. "We do not have any­thing to hide and, if the ECB is con­fi­dent they have a strong case, they should have noth­ing to hide as well," he said.

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