23 Jun 2012

Kaneria to appeal lifetime English cricket ban

12:57 pm on 23 June 2012

Pakistani legspinner Danish Kaneria says he'll appeal the lifetime ban handed down to him by the England and Wales Cricket Board for his role in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing scandal.

Westfield was given a five-year ban, although he will be able to play club cricket in the final two years of his suspension.

In a statement, the board's disciplinary panel said it regards Danish Kaneria as a grave danger to the game of cricket.

Westfield was jailed for four months in February after admitting he accepted money to underperform during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009.

The now 24-year-old Westfield named Kaneria, arrested with him in 2010 but released without charge, as the link between bookmakers and players.

The 31-year-old Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since making the last of his 61 Test appearances against England in August 2010, the same tour that had the infamous spot-fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer being jailed on corruption charges.