Cricket chiefs on Wednesday called for an international lifetime ban for Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after he was punished for his job in an English spot-fixing scandal.
The International Cricket Councils board said domestic bodies should be aware of and respect the sanctions... including by enforce and giving effect to them within their own jurisdiction to the fullest extent allowed by law. Kaneria was banned for life by English authorities for his involvement in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case. The 31-year-old Pakistani has vowed to plea the permit.
Westfield was jailed for four months in February, but served 2 before being released in April, after admitting he accepted 6,000 Pounds to under-perform 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 among bookmakers and players. Westfield was given a 5-year ban for bring cricket into disrepute, a charge the seamer accepted, though he will be able to play club cricket in the last 2 years of his suspension.
The ICC is wrestling with the problem of spot-fixing, often bowling no-balls to order by bookmakers, at its yearly conference in Kuala Lumpur which wraps up on Thursday. Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since appear against England in August 2010 -- the same tour that saw the notorious fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer being jailed on bribery charges.
Butt, jailed for 30 months last November on charges of compliant corrupt payments, was freed from an English jail on Thursday.
Aamer was released in February after serving half his 6-month sentence while Asif, jailed for one year, was freed in May.