Jul 292017
Younis Khan plays football alongside Brazilian coach Romildo Sanchez

KARACHI: Younis Khan, former captain of Pakistan Cricket team and the country’s highest Test scorer, participated in a football match along side fellow cricketers in Karachi on Saturday.Younis was joined by former teammates Tanvir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, and Khurram Manzoor along with others. The cricketers took on a team led by Brazilian football coach Romildo Sanchez.Players from both teams – cricketers and footballers – showcased football skills in the 30-minute game, which was won by Romildo’s team after a nail biting contest. After scores were levelled 2-2 at the end of the second half, both teams scored seven goals each in the 10-penalty-kicks round, leading to a final face-off between the two captains, Younis and Romildo.The Pakistani cricketer was first to kick the ball, but missed the nets and then failed to block when Romildo took his turn.Sindh Sports Minister Sardar Mohammad Bakhsh Mahar also participated in the match, which marked the end of Romildo’s ten-day visit to Karachi.This wasn’t the first encounter between Younis and Romildo; they had met at an earlier event where they agreed to play a game of football.Younis said he was happy to play football, although it was a festival game. “Football is always good for fitness and I always loved this game,” he said.“Maradona is my all-time favorite,” he said when asked who he idolised in football. The former cricket captain said sports can bring people together and that he would love to teach cricket to his Brazilian counterpart.During his visit, Sanchez – who [Read More…]

Apr 202016

ISLAMABAD: Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Tuesday lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are not pursuing his case because of them. “The ECB had forced the PCB to not look into my case, despite no proof against me,” said Kaneria while talking to APP. Kaneria’s alleged partner in crime makes comeback Kaneria also criticised ECB for its special treatment to Mervyn Westfield which clearly shows its bias and unjust attitude towards him. The 35-year-old, who has played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, got embroiled in a spot-fixing controversy while playing for the English county Essex. The tainted spinner has a decent Test record as he picked 261 wickets at an average of 34.79 in 61 matches. SHC seeks Danish Kaneria’s bank account details The ECB anti-corruption tribunal slapped a life ban on Kaneria in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on the spot-fixing charges. He further said that because of ECB he could not remain associated with his bread and butter that is cricket. “Some people in the PCB did not like me and treated me as an alien as I was progressing in the game,” he said. Kaneria’s life ban: I am being mistreated because I am Hindu He said the PCB also had a biased attitude towards him as they allowed the convicted trio of Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and [Read More…]

Jan 212016

Pakistan’s most prolific Test spinner Danish Kaneria has forwarded his plea to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to get one last hearing on his spot-fixing case which resulted in a life ban.“It will save me, my life, and whatever cricket is left in me,” said Kaneria. “I am living on my last savings. I do not know how long I will survive. I can even teach young Indians the art of spin, can’t I? Why can’t they call me? I am one of them.”ECB seeks Pakistan’s help in recovering $390,000 from KaneriaKaneria is only the second-ever Hindu to play for Pakistan at the highest level — the first was his wicket-keeping cousin Anil Dalpat — and was something of a poster-child for the country’s minorities until his ban.The 35-year-old believes he has exhausted all options in Pakistan and is being shunned aside only because he is a Hindu — a minority in the country.“Every avenue has dried up for me in Pakistan; I seem to have no takers for my appeals from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). I am dying,” said Kaneria. “It is because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan. It is because I refused to admit my involvement in spot-fixing when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged me. I want to be heard, is it very difficult to hear me out?”The leg-spinner added that International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson told him that the world body [Read More…]

Jun 302013
Kaneria, Westfield appeal to be heard

LONDON- The appeal into the sanctions imposed upon Danish Kaneria and Mervyn Westfield will be held in London on Tuesday.  Kaneria was banned for life by an ECB disciplinary panel in June 2012 after he was found guilty of corruption. Kaneria subsequently lost his appeal against the decision in April of this year. The current appeal is to contest the length of the ban and the costs of … Click for detailed story

Apr 272013
PCB to examine rejection of Kaneria's appeal against ban

KARACHI The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would legally examine the dismissal of the appeal made by leg-spinner Danish Kaneria against his ban on charges of spot-fixing. An ECB panel in London had rejected Kaneria’s appeal against the life ban, handed out to him over charges of spot-fixing. PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf said the Board lawyers will examine Kaneria’s appeal verdict. “We will ask … Click for detailed story

Apr 162013
Pakistan <b>Cricket</b> Board has not supported me during spot-fixing case: Danish <b>...</b>
Pakistan’s disgraced leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has complained that he had not received any support from anyone, including the Cricket Board, in his fight to prove his innocence in the spot fixing case in England. Kaneria, who will leave later tonight
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Apr 162013
Spot-fixing: Kaneria optimistic in fixing ban appeal

KARACHI: Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria said Tuesday he was hopeful of winning his appeal against a life ban imposed by the English board last year for spot-fixing.

The 32-year-old was banned after an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) panel found him guilty of getting former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to concede a certain number of runs in an over during a 2009 one-day county match in return for money.

Kaneria’s appeal will be heard in London on Monday after it was initially postponed in December last year because Westfield did not appear.

“I am quite hopeful of a relief,” Kaneria told AFP before his departure on Tuesday evening. “There was no evidence against me and I have maintained that the ban was unjust and I will fight till the last.”

The scandal broke in May 2010 when Essex police arrested both Kaneria and Westfield, but the Pakistani spinner was released without charge and has maintained his innocence throughout.

Westfield, however, was charged and sent to jail for four months after a trial.

Before the incident took place, Kaneria was part of Pakistan’s national team and was the country’s best spinner, with 261 wickets in 61 Tests. He also played in 18 one-day internationals.

Pakistan had to endorse the ban as under International Cricket Council rules sanctions on any player from any member country apply in all other member countries.

Kaneria said he felt abandoned.

“I am left alone in this fight, no one has supported me,” he said. “The case has destroyed my career and my life so I appeal to my countryman to support me because I have not done anything wrong.”

Feb 172013
Cricket: Kaneria’s second hearing set for April 22

A second hearing of Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria’s appeal against his lifetime ban for involvement in spot-fixing has been scheduled for April 22 by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), espncricinfo.com reported Saturday.

A lifetime ban was imposed on the leg-spinner in June, last year, for his alleged role in the spot-fixing plot.

The 31-year-old was found guilty of ‘cajoling and pressurising’ former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash and giving runs to the opponent team during a Pro 40 match in 2009. However, the sportsman denies the charges and demands the appeal to be heard in front of an independent panel.

Kaneria, who has been in London since the first hearing in December, is appealing against the ban and the £100,000 penalty that were imposed on him.

Jan 222013

Karachi, Jan. 22 (ANI): Pakistan Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is seeking help from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) regarding his appeal hearing in London, which has been delayed since December. Kaneria is presently in London waiting for a fresh
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