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Danish Kaneria's lifetime ban still stands, says ECB

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Former Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria has had his appeal against a lifetime ban for spot-fixing swatted away, BBC Sport have reported.

According to Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton, sitting in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, this latest plea from Kaneria was “totally without merit."

The bowler was banned in June 2012 after being found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex in a 50 over game in 2009.

The 33-year-old has once before tried to force an overturn in his punishment, but that to was deemed unworthy for the Court of Appeal.

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ECB pleased

The ECB announced the news this afternoon with glee and described the decision as “good for the game of cricket.”

Kaneria was seen to be the orchestrator in corruption of the sport and used his teammates to carry out certain tasks.

The Pakistani’s Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield admitted to a corruption charge relating to a 40 over game against Durham and was jailed for four months in 2012.

During Westfield’s trail, the judge at the time said that the scandal had been led by Kaneria, who spent six seasons at Essex from 2004.

He played 61 tests and 18 One Day Internationals from 2000-2010, but was never charged by the police on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

Pakistani Cricket in the news

It has been a turbulent week for Pakistani cricket with this news coinciding with the latest Saeed Ajmal debacle.

The successful off spinner is to have his action reviewed by the International Cricket Board after umpires saw a problem in the current test series in Sri Lanka.

Dark past

There was also the very famous incident at Lord’s in 2010 when certain players deliberately bowled no balls.

Undercover reporters from News of the World secretly videotaped bookmaker Mazhar Majeed informing reporters that the bowlers Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif would bowl illegal deliveries at specific points in the match.

All three men and Salman Butt - Pakistan’s test captain in 2010 - were given prison sentences ranging from six to 32 months.

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