Approach ECB, PCB tells Kaneria
LAHORE: PCB has advised Danish Kaneria, who has been banned for life, to approach England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his life ban to overturn and rehabilitation process can start.
The former spinner Kaneria routinely accuses the PCB of discriminating against him and pleads for his life ban to be lifted. “You were banned for life by the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission after it was established that you had ‘knowingly induced or encouraged Mervyn Westfield not to perform on his merits in the Durham match’,” PCB said.
Kaneria subsequently challenged the decision before the Appeal Panel of the Cricket Disciplinary Commission, which was upheld. Then, he appealed before a commercial bench of the High Court in London, which was dismissed. Then, he appealed before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), which was also rejected.
“The PCB’s rehabilitation programme is offered to players upon conclusion of the respective periods of ineligibility and not for players who are serving life bans,” PCB said. The life ban was imposed by the ECB and upheld by all ICC Members as per Article 9 of the ICC/PCB Anti-Corruption Code, and the only way it could have been overturned was by way of appeal, an avenue which have already been explored.
“Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, which is applicable in this case, clearly states only the chair of the anti-corruption tribunal, which has imposed a period of ineligibility on a player, had the discretion to permit the player to participate. “As such, you are advised to approach the ECB as per Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code,” PCB advised Kaneria.