Danish Kaneria is going to appeal his life ban and aims to revive his international career.
Former Pakistan bowler Danish Kaneria is set to appeal his life ban from cricket in front of an ECB disciplinary committee on Monday, after the spinner was banned in 2012 for pressuring a teammate into spot-fixing.
Whilst playing County Championship cricket for Essex in 2009, Kaneria was found guilty of pressurising fellow player Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing in a one-day game.
However, the ex-Pakistani international is now going to appeal against his ban as he looks to get his career back on track.
“I have high hopes the panel will be independent and neutral in this hearing,” Kaneria said on Fox Sports.
“My livelihood is stuck due to the ECB’s ban.
“I hope things will be seen more clearly by the disciplinary committee in the presence of Westfield.”
Westfield will give evidence at the hearing and Kaneria clearly believes his former teammate will defend his corner.
As well as the ECB ban, the spin bowler was exiled from the Pakistan national squad in 2010 until the spot-fixing allegations were resolved.
Kaneria was a key member of the international team for over a decade, yet the Pakistan Cricket Board were especially keen for their players not to be associated with spot-fixing after recent examples of the crime.
In 2010 prison sentences were given to national cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, after they were found to have received money from a bookmaker to bowl dot balls in a Test against England.
As recently as Monday Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri was served a four-year ban after being found guilty of involvement with spot-fixing.