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Danish Kaneria yet to be cleared by ICC, PCB

Mohit Singh, February 23 2012,
He may not be able to resume his international career just yet.
Yet to clear Danish Kaneria
Yet to clear Danish Kaneria
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Danish Kaneria the former Pakistan test bowler might have claimed that he has been granted clearance certificates allowing him to resume his international career in the wake of the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing court case, but the England and Pakistan cricket boards, and now the International Cricket Council (ICC), have made statements to contradict the player's claims.

Former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield was sentenced to four months in jail last week, for the central role that he played in the spot-fixing scandal under investigation, and Kaneria found himself named as an accomplice in this matter at the Old Bailey.

However, just the day after being named in court, Kaneria stated that he was enjoying his cricket playing for Sind Province in Lahore, as he was under no pressure, as the essex police had cleared him of any wrong doing, and stating that he had the necessary clearance certificates from both the ECB and ICC, allowing him to once again play international cricket.

The cricket boards involved have issued a joint statement since, in which they have made it quite clear that no such clearance certificate was ever issued to the player, whatever claims he might be making to the contrary.

It was alleged in court that Kaneria was the middle man between the bowler Westfield and the bookmakers who made paid the former Essex cricketer a substantial sum of money, believed to be £6,000 to bowl deliberately badly, and thereby to allow the opposition batsmen to score a previously agreed number of runs in a specified over during a Pro40 match against Durham in 2009.

In fact, Kaneria had been released in 2010 on grounds of insufficient evidence in 2010. But following the Pakistan Cricket Board's rejection last May of a document he submitted in an attempt to remove suspicion from himself of spot-fixing, and allowing him to represent his county once more, both the ECB, and Essex County Cricket Club, who at that time were his employers, have failed to find it appropriate in the meantime to issue the necessary clearance certificate.

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