Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has been given a life ban from all forms of cricket. The England and Wales Cricket Board called Kaneria a "danger to cricket" for his involvement in a spot fixing scam.
Kaneria was implicated in a scam in 2009 when his Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield was paid £6000 for bowling certain bad deliveries in a match against Durham. The board found that Kaneria had lured Westfield into becoming involved in the criminal activity. Kaneria had introduced his team-mate to Asian businessmen who made the offer of cash to Westfield.
"We have no doubt that this is a cancer which must be rooted out of the game of cricket," said the board chairman Gerard Elias. "As a senior international player of repute he plainly betrayed the trust reposed in him in his dealings with fellow team-mates and we regard his persistent efforts to recruit spot fixers as being a seriously aggravating factor in his case.”
Kaneria has consistently denied the charges since he was arrested with Westfield in May 2010. He contests Westfield’s testimony, but the board discounted his arguments. "We consider that in many respects the evidence of Danish Kaneria simply does not stand up to scrutiny and is plainly lies," Elias said.
Kaneria has been the most successful spinner in Pakistan’s Test history. With the ECB judgement enforced in all areas of world cricket though, he now joins a list of notorious players to have received bans. They include Kaneria’s former Pakistan team-mates Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif.