HC Summons Kaneria against ECB Spot-Fixing
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday summoned Pakistan’s banned leg spinner Danish Kaneria on August 18 in response to a petition filed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
English cricket authorities on July 29 asked SHC to help them recover almost £250,000 ($390,000) in fines and costs levelled against Kaneria for spot-fixing.
A disciplinary panel of the ECB banned Kaneria in June 2012 after he was found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex county in a limited-overs match in 2009.
The panel imposed a fine of £100,000 on Kaneria. He lost his second and final appeal against the penalty in August 2014.
Khawaja Naveed, a lawyer for the ECB, said the petition in the SHC demands Kaneria pay the fine as well as additional costs incurred over the course of the case.
“I have filed a petition on behalf of the ECB in which we have demanded that a total cost of £249,000 be recovered from Kaneria,” said Naveed.
Naveed said in case the former leg-spinner fails to pay the ECB had asked the court to demand the former player sell his property.
Under International Cricket Council rules, a ban on a player by any member country is applicable globally, though Kaneria took part in a private T20 cricket league organised in the US last year.
Kaneria is Pakistan's most successful Test spinner with 261 wickets in 61 matches.
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