Karachi: The first full hearing of the case filed by discarded leg-spinner Danish Kaneria against the Pakistan Cricket Board will be heard at the Sindh High Court on July 27.
 
The PCB's legal team will submit its detailed reply to the petition filed by the discarded leg-spinner in which he has said that the board had given no reason for not clearing him to play for the national team.
 
The court summoned the PCB officials for the hearing to explain why Kaneria was not being considered for selection when the Essex police had cleared him in the spot-fixing investigation that was held last year.
 
Kaneria and fellow Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield were arrested last year on charges of spot-fixing during a Pro40 match against Durham.

Kaneria was later released without being charged but Westfield faces criminal proceedings.

But sources said the PCB legal team was planning to inform the court about reports in the British press that Kaneria was still not cleared in the case.

Apparently a British newspaper, which covered the court hearing of the case last year in September, had reported that the Essex police in its statement filed with the court had said that Kaneria was still a co-accused in the case.

Kaneria featured in Pakistan's Test series against England last year but has not been selected since for international matches.

The PCB will be represented by its legal avisor, Tafazzul Rizvi.

This is the second time in two months that a senior player has gone to the Sindh High Court against the PCB.

Pakistan's former captain, Shahid Afridi had also filed a petition against the PCB in June for not issuing him a NOC to play in England for Hampshire.

(Agencies)