By Muhammad Asif Khan
Karachi: Pakistan’s suspended leg-spinner, Danish Kaneria - who has been banned for life from playing in England and Wales after being found guilty of corruption – is in London for the hearing of his appeal against the ban. However, sources privy to the development have claimed that Westfield had now formally refused to attend the appeal hearing scheduled for Monday. “Westfield’s lawyers have formal informed the ECB about his non-availability to be present at the appeal hearing”, claim sources.
The 61-test veteran, Kaneria was banned for life from playing in England at a disciplinary hearing of the ECB earlier year for his alleged role in spot-fixing in county matches. Consequently, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also suspended the leg-spinner from taking part at any level until his appeal is heard by an independent ECB panel.
Also, Kaneria’s Essex county mate, Westfield was sentenced four months imprisonment for intentionally bowling badly in a pro-40 game against Durham in 2009, and later was banned for 5 years after he pleaded guilty to the charge of accepting money to underperform. The ECB said that key evidence against Kaneria came from Westfield.
On the upcoming appeal and the absence of Westfield the sources further said that Monday’s hearing would not move forward without the presence of the English cricketer. “If Westfield’s lawyers would come up with a legitimate excuse then the hearing is likely to be adjourned as the presence of Westfield, who is the main person in the case, is a must at the proceedings”, conclude sources