Friday, 13 April 2012

Kaneria got a little breathing space

By Muhammad Asif Khan
KARACHI: Pakistan Test leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria, who has been in hot waters due to spot-fixing charges, got a little breathing space as the disciplinary panel, constituted by the English Cricket Board (ECB), has agreed to postpone the hearing into the matter till May 21st this year.

Earlier the hearing was scheduled to begin on May 10th.

Talking to this correspondent, leg-spinner’s lawyer in Pakistan, Barrister Farogh Naseem confirmed the latest development and said that in reply to their former request on April 7th, they had got a little time to respond to the 400-page charge-sheet on the leg-spinner. “The disciplinary panel gave until April 27 to send a summary, and then a detailed reply could be sent till May 9th. The ECB panel will respond on May 16th, afterwards the hearing will begin from May 21st”, said Barrister Farogh Naseem.

Danish Kaneria along with his Essex county teammate, Marven Westfield, was accused of spot fixing in a pro-40 encounter in 2009. Later, the Essex police released Kaneria after failing to get evidence against the leg-spinner.

The case took a new turn when, earlier this year, Westfield not only pleaded guilty before a court in London but also described Danish Kaneria as the main conspirator.

Kaneria, on the other hand, has been adamant and is of the view that he was innocent.

Danish Kaneria, 31, who made his test debut in 2000, captured 261 wickets for Pakistan in 61 Test appearances. The lanky right-armer played his last test match in Aug 2010 against England in Nottingham.

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