London: Controversial Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria failed in his appeal to overturn his lifetime ban from cricket. Kaneria was banned last year for his role in a spot-fixing plot, but denied all involvement and immediately indicated his intention to contest the decision.
The 32-year-old was found guilty of "cajoling and pressurizing" former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during an English county Pro40 match in 2009.
Following the appeal hearing on Friday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive David Collier hailed the decision to uphold Kaneria's ban, saying: "I welcome wholeheartedly the independent panel's decision to dismiss Mr Kaneria's appeal and uphold the earlier decision made by the Cricket Discipline Commission last summer.
"I should like to thank the appeal panel for their time and diligence in hearing this case and I congratulate the ACCESS unit for its work in support of the successful prosecution of this corrupt activity.
"Corruption has no place in sport and ECB will continue to be vigilant and adopt a zero tolerance approach in this area." However, Kaneria has now launched a further appeal in which the length of his ban could be reduced. "I am very disappointed with the decision made by the panel," he said.
"We are waiting for what are the reasons behind it and as soon as we know the reasons we will take some further steps."


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