Kaneria loses appeal against life ban

England

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has lost a longstanding appeal ot have a life ban overturned.

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has lost a longstanding appeal to have a life ban overturned.

The England and Wales Cricket Board had charged Kaneria with coercing team-mate Mervyn Westfield to "deliberately concede" runs during Essex's limited-overs fixture against Durham in 2009.

A disciplinary panel found that charges had been proved after a hearing in 2012. An appeal, established under the ECB's disciplinary regulations, upheld the decision to impose a life ban in 2013.

Kaneria later challenged the suspension, claiming the appeal panel were incorrect in upholding the life ban – and wrong to order him to pay the ECB legal costs of £200,000.

London High Court judge Nicholas Hamblen, however, dismissed Kaneria's assertion this week. The 33-year-old Kaneria, who played 61 Tests and 18 ODis between December 2000 and August 2010, was not at Tuesday's hearing.

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