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Match-fixing: PCB replies to concerns of Danish Kaneria and Saleem Malik
Corruption in Cricket

Match-fixing: PCB replies to concerns of Danish Kaneria and Saleem Malik

The Pakistan Cricket Board has formally responded to the tainted duo of Danish Kaneria and Saleem Malik, both of whom were punished in separate match-fixing scandals.

While addressing Kaneria's issue, the PCB reminded the former leggie that his grievances towards the board were misdirected since the lifetime ban was imposed on him by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Kaneria, who represented Pakistan in 61 Tests, was found guilty of corrupt activities during a fixing probe launched by the ECB Disciplinary Panel almost a decade ago.

The Essex bowler was charged with encouraging his county club teammate to "deliberately concede" runs in a limited-overs game and was given the unforgiving sentence in 2012.

Despite admitting to the offence in 2018, Kaneria has routinely accused the PCB of discriminating against him and not incorporating him in the rehabilitation programme for ex-convicts.

"You were banned for life by the ECB’s Cricket Discipline Commission after it was established that you had ‘knowingly induced or encouraged Mervyn Westfield not to perform on his merits in the Durham match’," the PCB said in a statement released on Friday.

"You subsequently challenged the decision before the Appeal Panel of the Cricket Disciplinary Commission, which was upheld. Then, you appealed before a commercial bench of the High Court in London, which was dismissed. Then, you appealed before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), which was rejected.

"The PCB’s rehabilitation programme is offered to players upon conclusion of the respective periods of ineligibility and not for players who are serving life bans."

The PCB has maintained that Kaneria's only path to redemption remains an appeal directly to the ECB regarding possible leniency in his ban.

"You are advised to approach the ECB as per Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code," the PCB added.

Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code specifies that "only the chair of the anti-corruption tribunal, which has imposed a period of ineligibility on a player, has the discretion to permit the player to participate".

On the other hand, the PCB has politely asked former skipper Saleem Malik to respond to incriminating evidence against him.

Malik was handed a life ban in 2000 as a result of the recommendations from the Justice Qayyum inquiry commission.

Eight years later, the ban was overturned by a session court in Lahore, though the verdict did little to help his prospects of gaining employment by the board.

A couple of months ago, Malik requested the PCB to give him another chance and allow him to be connected with cricket in some manner.

"You chose not to respond to the contents of the transcripts of a conversation that took place in April 2000," the PCB told Malik.

"In the backdrop of the above, the PCB will be unable to proceed any further until such time you respond on the said matter."

The PCB also mentioned that Malik was willing to accept his wrongdoing in 2014 in a letter to the cricket organisation, proving his guilty status.

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