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Danish Kaneria spot-fixing appeal hearing adjourned

Spot-fixing appeal hearing for Kaneria's lifetime ban adjourned



18:16 GMT, 10 December 2012

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

Adjourned: Danish Kaneria will discover the outcome of his case next year

The hearing for Danish Kaneria's appeal against the lifetime ban handed down to him by an England and Wales Cricket Board Disciplinary Panel was today adjourned, with the case expected to resume in the new year.

The adjournment came following legal submissions from both sides in London and a new date for the hearing will be agreed in due course.

Kaneria was given the ban in June for his role in a spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old Pakistan leg-spinner was found guilty of 'cajoling and pressurising' former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro 40 match in 2009.

Kaneria denies all involvement in the plot and after the hearing in June he immediately indicated his intention to appeal.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board said in
July that he would be suspended from playing in his home country until
the outcome of the appeal was known.

Witnesses are yet to be called in the appeal hearing.

ICC launch probe into corruption allegations against umpires

ICC to launch probe into allegations of corruption against umpires



17:23 GMT, 8 October 2012

The ICC has confirmed it is urgently investigating allegations of corruption made by an Indian television news channel against ICC umpires.

India TV named six officials it claimed were willing to fix matches for money in the build-up to the World Twenty20.

The ICC have urged the private station to hand over any documents which could help its probe into the allegations, while reiterating its zero-tolerance stance towards corruption and stressing none of the umpires named were involved in the recently-concluded World Twenty20.

An ICC statement read: 'The ICC and its
relevant members have been made aware of the allegations made by India
TV this evening and calls on the station to turnover any information
which can assist the ICC's urgent investigations into this matter.

Allegations: ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat

Allegations: ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat

'The ICC re-iterates its zero-tolerance towards corruption whether alleged against players or officials. The ICC confirms that none of the umpires named were involved in any of the official games of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

'The ICC will not make any further comment on this issue.'

It is not the first controversy to hit cricket in recent years.

Pakistan internationals Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were jailed in 2011 after being found guilty of bowling deliberate no-balls in a Test match.

In June this year Danish Kaneria was handed a life suspension and labelled 'a grave danger to the game of cricket' by the England and Wales Cricket Board after being found guilty of two charges of ECB regulations.

Kaneria's former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who in February was sentenced to four months in prison after admitting a spot-fixing charge at the Old Bailey, was given a five-year ban after pleading guilty to one offence.

Pakistan cricket moves forward as corruption fades – The Top Spin

Pakistan cricket moves forward from corruption … yet Butt and Kaneria remain stuck in past



10:39 GMT, 26 June 2012

Someone needs to tell Salman Butt and Danish Kaneria to get with the times.

Their protestations of innocence last week might have received official backing while the buffoonish Ijaz Butt was still in charge of the Pakistan Cricket Board. But the mood has changed – at least in the boardroom, if not yet on the streets. And, for that, the international game can be thankful.

Last week Butt was deported to Pakistan after serving seven months of his two-and-a-half-year sentence for his part in the Lord's no-ball scam of 2010. He immediately insisted that 'nothing ever practically happened in a match that was linked to any offer', and apologised only for 'failure to report' his suspicions about what was going on.

This, remember, is the man who was found guilty in court of 'conspiracy to cheat' (a unanimous decision by a jury at Southwark Crown Court) and of 'conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt payments' (a 10-2 majority verdict).

Mobbed: Butt was afforded a hero's welcome on retuning to Pakistan from a British jail

Mobbed: Butt was afforded a hero's welcome on retuning to Pakistan from a British jail

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Kaneria, meanwhile, reckoned the life ban imposed upon him by the ECB for his grooming of Mervyn Westfield was 'unfair'. He explained: 'They don't have any proof against me. I don't know why they are saying this.'

Perhaps Kaneria didn't read the verdict of the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission Panel, which concluded that he had 'shown no remorse' and was 'a grave danger to the game'. It added: 'We consider that in many respects the evidence of Danish Kaneria simply does not stand up to scrutiny and is plainly lies.'

Perhaps he did read it. And perhaps he was simply bearing in mind the words of the excellent Pakistani cricket journalist Osman Samiuddin in last year's Wisden: 'In Pakistan, never underestimate the power of denial and the vividness of delusion which stems from it.'

Butt and Kaneria can both play to the crowds if it makes them feel better. Yet Butt now has a criminal record and cannot set foot in the UK for the next decade, while the PCB have pledged to apply the ECB's ban on Kaneria to their own jurisdiction, give or take the outcome of his inevitable appeal.

This is progress – and it has taken a while to get there. Two years ago, the former chairman of the PCB Ijaz Butt decided he didn't like the vitriol aimed at his team in the wake of the Lord's Test and accused England of throwing the one-day international at The Oval. He later apologised. (Hey, mistakes happen.)

And yet Ijaz Butt's tactics were merely part of a proud tradition in which wrongdoing was swept under the carpet through a combination of arrogance, expediency and societal pressure.

Quite how different cricket's
landscape would look now had Justice Qayyum not – by his own admission –
grown starstruck while passing judgment on the likes of Wasim Akram
('not above board'), Waqar Younis (fined 1,200), Inzamam-ul-Haq (ditto)
and Mushtaq Ahmed ('sufficient grounds to cast doubt'), is a matter of

What is clear, though, is that all
four men went on to assume important roles, either as a player, a coach –
with the ECB, in the case of Mushtaq – or a commentator.

Not guilty: Butt has denied being involved in any wrong-doing arising from the infamous no-balls at Lord's

Not guilty: Butt has denied being involved in any wrong-doing arising from the infamous no-balls at Lord's

Not guilty: Butt has denied being involved in any wrong-doing arising from the infamous no-balls at Lord's

Last week, General Tauqir Zia – PCB chairman at the time of Qayyum – told PakPassion.net that he had considered ridding the side of these cricketers.

The General explained: 'I went to the President of Pakistan to say, “Look, I do not know much about Pakistan cricket because I've just worked there for three or four months. If you ask me, I'd like to get rid of all these characters.”

'The practical man that he was, he asked: “Do you have the back-up squad” At that time, I didn't have a back-up squad so most of them were called straight back. But since there was also only suspicion on some of those players, they were not proven.'

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Emboldened by Qayyum's vacillations, then manhandled into line by a hopelessly politicised PCB, Zia thereby confirmed to future generations of Pakistani cricketers that a slapped wrist and an averted glance would be the worst they might expect. The culture was one in which decay was not so much managed as implicitly encouraged.

Was it any surprise that both Butt and Mohammad Asif felt confident of acquittal until the final moments of their trial at Southwark Crown Court last year Or that Butt continues to behave like a man wronged Or that Kaneria pleads a heady mix of ignorance and innocence

They may still be assured of the
support of nationalists and conspiracy theorists, but at least it seems
they will no longer indulged by the PCB. So, amid all the weasel words
of the last week, let's cheer for new PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf.

'Pakistan cricket has suffered enough
and we don't want to take any further chances,' he said. 'We have a
strict zero tolerance against the corrupt element.'

We will have to take him at his word.

Disgraced: Kaneria has been banned from cricket for life by the ECB

Disgraced: Kaneria has been banned from cricket for life by the ECB


He bowls to the right: Johnson has played down the impact of Barmy Army songs

He bowls to the right: Johnson has played down the impact of Barmy Army songs

He bowls to the left…

There was a bizarre moment at Grace Road on Thursday, when Mitchell Johnson was briefly heckled by a small group of supporters as he ran in to bowl during Australia's one-day tour opener against Leicestershire.

For if there is a ground in England where the Barmy Army's favourite scapegoat might have expected a bit of peace and quiet, Grace Road was surely it. (You're a Northamptonshire follower, aren’t you – Ed.)

But it seems Johnson has been turning the taunts to his advantage. 'Out on the field it's quite strange because some of their songs are really catchy and you almost get involved in it,' he told the July edition of The Cricketer.

'You can find yourself almost whistling their songs. While you can get a bit sick of it, they must feel threatened as they do it to put players off.' Nice try, Mitch. Nice try.

Nothing if not consistent

As sure as night follows day, the
BCCI have responded to the latest attempt by the ICC's Chief Executives'
Committee to make the DRS mandatory in international cricket with a big
fat 'no'.

The timing of the BCCI's declaration
of non-intent is hardly propitious: the Galle Test that finished
yesterday – and did not use the DRS for financial reasons – was marred
by a string of howlers of the kind that ought to have no place in the
modern game.

Throw in the recent independent
findings, which – admittedly, from a small sample – confirmed the
accuracy of the ball-tracking technology in use during last year's South
Africa-Australia series, and you wonder just how much longer the BCCI
will be able to resist.

With the 2015 World Cup due to
include the DRS, you might think they'll need to practise using the
system sooner rather than later.

Right to ban Misbah

Dav Whatmore thinks it isn't right that Misbah-ul-Haq should have been banned from the Galle Test because of an over-rate misdemeanour. This is no great surprise: Whatmore is Pakistan’s coach, and Misbah their captain.

And yet financial penalties have had little or no effect on the constant short-changing of the public by players who can’t be bothered to give them their money's worth. It’s hard to think of any measure designed to focus a captain’s mind than the thought that he might miss the next game.

Pedestrian: Misbah has paid the price for Pakistan's slow over rate

Pedestrian: Misbah has paid the price for Pakistan's slow over rate

A very modern kind of perspective

If we're honest, does anything really put things into perspective Apparently, the tragic death of Tom Maynard was going to do precisely that. But three or four days was all it took before everyone began wringing their hands over Andrew Flintoff's weird broadside at Mike Atherton.

Which just went to show that tragedy may indeed give rise to perspective – but only until a triviality arrives to blur the focus.

ECB charge Danish Kaneria over spot-fixing

ECB take bold step and charge Kaneria over spot-fixing following Westfield case



20:00 GMT, 5 April 2012

Facing charges: Danish Kaneria

Facing charges: Danish Kaneria

English cricket took a huge and brave step forward in the fight against fixing when the ECB decided to press ahead with corruption charges against Danish Kaneria.

The former Pakistan and Essex leg-spinner, 31, was named at the Old Bailey this year as the corrupter of seamer Mervyn Westfield, who was jailed for four months for spot-fixing and will also be charged under the ECB's disciplinary code.

Westfield, who was allegedly groomed and corrupted by Kaneria when they were Essex team-mates, will be tagged and released from prison shortly after Easter and will attend the ECB tribunal next month, when he is expected to plead guilty, as he did at his criminal trial.

An ECB statement read: 'Mervyn Westfield and Danish Kaneria have been notified that an ECB disciplinary panel hearing will take place at which charges will be heard relating to their alleged breaches of the ECB's anti-corruption directives. The charges relate to the corrupt activities which led to Mervyn Westfield's criminal conviction in February.'

At his sentencing, the fast bowler told the court that Kaneria had introduced him to two underworld Asian bookies and pressured him into spot-fixing during NatWest Pro40 matches in September 2009 that were televised globally.

Jailed: Mervyn Westfield was sentenced at the Old Bailey in January

Jailed: Mervyn Westfield was sentenced at the Old Bailey in January

It also emerged in court that Kaneria had been officially warned by the ICC in April 2008 about keeping 'highly inappropriate company' with an Indian bookmaker called Arun Bhatt.

It is not known whether Kaneria, who has denied all involvement in spot-fixing, will travel to London for the case.

The commission has power to impose life bans on Westfield and Kaneria. Westfield will seek a lesser ban, based on his guilty plea, his young age at the time of the offence – 21 – and his prison sentence.

Mark Milliken-Smith, QC, defending Westfield, revealed in court that Kaneria had boasted about making money from corrupt bookies in front of several Essex players.

Batsman Varun Chopra, now at Warwickshire, also gave a statement in which he said he had been approached by Kaneria to spot-fix.

Danish Kaneria recalled to PCB integrity committee

PCB recall Kaneria to demands answers after court claims over spot fixing

Recalled: Danish Kaneria has been summoned by the PCB

Recalled: Danish Kaneria has been summoned by the PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board have asked Danish Kaneria to reappear before its integrity committee and respond to allegations he was involved in fixing county matches.

A judge in London sentenced Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield to four months in prison for on-field corruption last week and accused Kaneria of pressuring teammates from the county side to fix matches.

'Danish Kaneria will again be called to appear before the integrity committee to explain his position,' the PCB said in a joint statement with the England and Wales Cricket Board and International Cricket Council.

Kaneria denies the allegations and claimed he had been cleared by British police, the ECB and ICC. Both cricketing organizations deny the claims, however, saying the leg-spinner has never been issued with a clearance certificate.

The PCB has overlooked Kaneria for the national team since Westfield's case surfaced in 2010, forming an integrity committee to hear his case and which has yet to clear him.

Sentenced: Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four month for spot-fixing

Sentenced: Mervyn Westfield was jailed for four month for spot-fixing

For the past two years, Kaneria had been trying to clear his name and even appealed to the Sindh High Court in Karachi to try and overturn his unofficial suspension. But the court dismissed his appeal last year, saying it was not within its jurisdiction.

Essex police cleared Kaneria of criminal charges in September 2010 following allegations he was involved in spot-fixing during a county match against Durham in 2009.

The PCB's integrity committee has directed Kaneria to provide copies of the tapes of his Essex police interview.

The bowler was once an integral part of Pakistan's test team, claiming 261 wickets in 61 tests at an average of 34.79.

I"m completely innocent of spot-fixing allegations, says Kaneria

I'm completely innocent of spot-fixing allegations, says Kaneria

Danish Kaneria has dismissed allegations that he was involved in the latest spot-fixing scandal to rock cricket.

Former Essex fast bowler Mervyn
Westfield, 23, was sentenced to four months in prison on Friday after
pleading guilty to accepting a 6,000 bribe in return for conceding a
fixed number of runs in his first over of a Pro40 game against Durham in
September 2009.

Kaneria, who was questioned by Essex
police in March 2010 along with Westfield before being released without
charge, is facing a possible England Cricket Board investigation.

Under suspicion: But Danish Kaneria, centre, maintains his innocence

Under suspicion: But Danish Kaneria, centre, maintains his innocence

His name was repeatedly mentioned during the trial, with the judge accepting the 31-year-old former Pakistan leg-spinner arranged the fix.

But the Pakistan Cricket Board refuse to suspend him unless he is proven guilty, and Kaneria captained Sind yesterday in the first day of a domestic cup final in Lahore.

'I am completely innocent from day one. All allegations against me are false,' he said. 'The Essex police cleared me and I have clearance certificates from the ECB and ICC, so I am not feeling any pressure.'

Mervyn Westfield jailed over spot-fixing

First English cricketer guilty of spot fixing to be sentenced

Mervyn Westfield, the first county cricketer in England to be prosecuted for spot-fixing, has been sentenced to four months in prison.

Former Essex player Westfield, 23, was jailed for one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs. He will serve half the term in prison and a confiscation order was made for 6,000.

He was paid the sum to bowl so that a specific number of runs would be chalked up in the first over of a match between Durham and Essex in September 2009.

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

Howzat: Mervyn Westfield of Essex will be sentenced on Friday over spot-fixing

It was claimed that Westfield was
'targeted' by former Essex team mate and Pakistan international Danish
Kaneria, who set up the deal.

Passing sentence, Judge Anthony
Morris told Westfield: 'I am satisfied that you would have known from
the outset that what was being offered was a corrupt payment and that
you could and should have refused it.

'I am also satisfied that, if you had
any concerns about the approaches being made to you, you had an
opportunity to mention them to the team captain or management, or if you
were nervous of doing so, at least to your friends within the team. You
chose not to do so.'

He said the person who made the
corrupt payment had used the information to influence either a foreign
legal betting market, or an illegal one here or overseas.

The judge went on: 'The criminality
here is that, for financial gain, you betrayed the trust placed in you
to play honestly and to the best of your ability.

'You were trusted to do so by other
members of your team, your employers, the supporters of Essex County
Cricket Club and the very many followers of the game throughout the

Mentioned: Danish Kaneria

Mentioned: Danish Kaneria

'If, because of corrupt payments, it
cannot be guaranteed that every player will play to the best of his
ability, the reality is that the enjoyment of many millions of people
around the world who watch cricket, whether on television or at cricket
grounds, will be destroyed.'

The payment came to light when
another Essex player, Tony Palladino, went to Westfield's Chelmsford
flat in September 2009, where the bowler showed him 'the most money he
had ever seen'.

Westfield emptied a plastic bag of
rolled-up 50 notes on to his bed, and said Kaneria had told him a
'friend' would pay him to concede a certain number of runs. Kaneria was
allegedly himself due to receive 4,000 as part of the Durham match

Fast bowler Westfield pleaded guilty
last month to one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to
bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs. He has received an
interim suspension order from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Kaneria, who first joined Essex in 2005, was arrested in connection with the case but later released without charge.

The court heard that he was warned in
2008 by the ICC that he was keeping 'highly inappropriate company' over
his links with Indian bookmaker Arun Bhatia.

Mark Milliken-Smith QC, for
Westfield, told the court: 'It is clear, we submit, that Kaneria and his
associates targeted Westfield.

'Westfield was on the verge of the
squad, more susceptible for that reason. Less likely perhaps to be able
to say no to the club's international star, his future with the club

The match was the second televised game that Westfield had played in.

The court was told that other Essex players heard Kaneria mentioning spot-fixing but dismissed what he was saying as 'banter'.

Varun Chopra said that, in a phone
call in August 2009, Kaneria told him: 'There's ways of making money,
you don't have to lose a game'. He ignored the alleged approach.

Former Essex captain Mark Pettini and
team-mates James Foster and David Masters also heard Kaneria discussing
spot-fixing but thought it was a joke, the court was told.

Mr Milliken-Smith told the court that,
despite these rumours at Essex County Cricket Club, a 'blind eye' was
turned, and opportunities to report the allegations were initially

Andrew Strauss: Let"s not think we"ve beaten the fixers

Let's not think we've beaten the fixers, says Strauss as he warns against complacency

Andrew Strauss went into Tuesday’s first Test against a Pakistan side ravaged by the spot-fixing scandal pleading for anyone in cricket tainted by corruption to step forward and clean up the game.

The England captain looked on in dismay last week as Mervyn Westfield became the first English cricketer to be convicted of spot-fixing and now Strauss hopes any other transgressors will take advantage of the ECB’s three-month amnesty.

Strauss admits he was stunned when Westfield and his Essex colleague Danish Kaneria, who was released without charge, were originally arrested for spot-fixing offences in a Pro40 game between Essex and Durham. Now he hopes it is not the tip of the iceberg.

Keeping a watchful eye: Strauss urged against complacency

Keeping a watchful eye: Strauss urged against complacency

‘It took me completely by surprise when these allegations first came out and I’ve certainly not seen anything in county cricket during my time,’ said Strauss before this sensitive re-match against Pakistan, the first meeting between the sides since the ill-fated 2010 series. ‘But let’s not be arrogant and assume it’s not there because clearly there has been an incident and if there has been one there is a fair chance that there have been others.’

Strauss wants anyone involved in those other incidents to follow the example of Tony Palladino, Westfield’s Essex team-mate and close friend, who reported the bowler to his county when he discovered his colleague had been paid 6,000 to bowl badly.

Landmark case: Mervyn Westfield is the first Englishman convicted of spot-fixing

Landmark case: Mervyn Westfield is the first Englishman convicted of spot-fixing

‘The ECB have provided an amnesty for players to step forward in the next three months and I would urge them to do that if they have any information,’ said Strauss. ‘If it is there, we need to root it out. We need to get it dealt with and move on. If you want world cricket to be in good order then you have to make sure your own house is clean first. I think there is a lot more awareness now on the back of what has happened over the last couple of years, but it’s something we have to always be vigilant about.

‘We have heavy schedules internationally and domestically and there is always the opportunity for someone to think one game is less important than another. Then they might think they can benefit from it.

‘If there is a problem then we need to see the extent of it and take steps to clean it up. This is not the time to show loyalty to team-mates, friends or people you know. This is the time to do what’s right for the game.’