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Court of Appeal dismisses Kaneria application as ‘totally without merit’

Danish Kaneria’s application to appeal his life ban, imposed in June 2012 under the England and Wales Cricket Board anti-corruption regulations, has been refused.

Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton, sitting in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, ruled that the application by Kaneria, the former Pakistan international, was ‘totally without merit.’

He also decided that Kaneria could not request the decision to be reconsidered at an oral hearing. It means that Kaneria has exhausted all the legal options available to him to appeal a life ban imposed for his role in spot fixing while playing for Essex.

Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, said: "ECB welcomes today’s decision to dismiss the application by Mr Kaneria to appeal the life ban imposed for his corrupt activity. Mr Kaneria acted as a recruiter of potential ‘spot-fixers’ and used his seniority and international experience to target and corrupt a young and vulnerable player.

"It is high time that Mr Kaneria came clean about his involvement in these corrupt activities and stopped misleading the Pakistan cricket fans and wider public with his empty protestations of innocence. 

"We once again urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself by supporting the Pakistan Cricket Board’s anti-corruption initiatives and assisting the police and law enforcement bodies in the Asian sub-continent with the vital job of exposing and cutting off the primary source of cricket corruption."

Ex-Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has exhausted all the legal options available to him to appeal a life ban imposed for his role in spot-fixing