PCB lawyer tells court doubts over Kaneria integrity

KARACHI, (Reuters) – Pakistan test spinner  Danish Kaneria will not be considered for national selection  until the Pakistan Cricket Board have no remaining doubts about  his integrity, the PCB told a High Court hearing Tuesday.

The board’s legal counsel, Tafazzul Rizvi, made the  statement at a hearing of the Sindh High court that is hearing a  petition filed by Kaneria against the PCB’s refusal to clear him  to play international cricket.

Kaneria claims the PCB should not consider him ineligible.
The leg-spinner had his contract terminated by English  county Essex last season after he had come under investigation  in a spot-fixing case involving a Pro-40 match.

Danish Kaneria

Essex police cleared Kaneria, 30, who submitted letters to    the PCB from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and his    county team to prove he was not under investigation.

“Kaneria cannot be considered for selection unless he  produces the documents and material related to his questioning  by the police last year,” Rizvi told the court after Kaneria  asked the court to direct the PCB to consider him for next  month’s tour of Zimbabwe.

“I told the court we don’t want to mislead anyone but after  the embarassment Pakistan cricket faced last year in the  spot-fixing case involving three of our players we are taking no  chances at all on this issue,” Rizvi later told Reuters.

Rizvi said he had told the court the PCB had formed its  integrity commitee as per the new anti-corruption laws of the  ICC and until the player submitted transcript and tapes of the  statement he gave to Essex police the commitee would not clear  him.

“He was investigated in a spot-fixing case and the committee  wants to be absolutely sure he is in the clear once for all,”  Rizvi added.

Kaneria, who has taken 261 wickets in 61 tests, last  appeared for Pakistan against England in Nottingham in August  2010.
The court set a date of Aug. 18 for the next hearing.

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