Sindh HC rejects Danish Kaneria’s appeal to return to cricket

Danesh Kaneria, who has been facing a ban from International cricket since 2012 has received a setback from the Sindh high court. The leg-spinner with 261 wickets was found guilty in 2012 by the ECB for arranging a meeting between individuals, who wanted to spot-fix the match. Kaneria’s lawyer Asad Ifthikhar was fighting the case with PCB’s lawyer Taffazul Rizvi who informed a leading publication that “Yes we have won the case and Kaneria’s writ petition has been dismissed by the bench of the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court,”

Kaneria’s lawyer stated to the court that his client was never involved in the spot-fixing himself and urged the court to allow Kaneria to participate in local tournaments, and to work as a coach. In order to overturn the decision, Kaneria would now have to appeal to the ECB in the UK court. Kaneria last appealed to the UK court in June 2014, when the judge Stanley Burton stayed the decision of life ban from ECB on Kaneria in 2012 stating that the application by the spinner was “totally without merit”.

Under the ICC Rules, the ban imposed by any country member stands global which means that the banned player cannot participate in any cricket conducted under ICC. Kaneria was convicted of a crime done in 2009 after he was found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex county. The Sindh High court cited an interview of the leg spinner on the Al Jazeera channel where he admitted being guilty of two of the charges against him brought by the ECB. The most successful leg-spinner of Pakistan, Kaneria is the second-ever Hindu to play for Pakistan after Anil Dalpat.

It was in 2019 that Kaneria’s Youtube channel took off when Shoaib Akhtar revealed that Kaneria was mistreated by some players of Pakistan as he was a Hindu.

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