Kaneria challenges ECB petition in Sindh High Court

Karachi: Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life ban for spot-fixing, has challenged the petition of the England and Wales Cricket Board filed in the Sindh High Court to recover costs and fines of the case from him.

Even as the ECB vowed to recover around 250,000 pounds from Kaneria by getting a legal order against him to sell his assets and property, the leg-spinner’s lawyer Faroog Naseem filed his reply to the ECB petition in the SHC on Tuesday.

In his reply, Naseem a high profile barrister has challenged the jurisdiction of the ECB petition since Kaneria was banned in the United Kingdom and under ECB tribunal laws and framework.

“The spot fixing charges against Kaneria were heard by the ECB anti-corruption tribunal in the UK and he was banned there so we have challenged their petition on jurisdiction grounds,” he said.

The SHC has now set September 8 as the next date of hearing of the ECB petition and directed both parties or their lawyers to be present.

The ECB is also being represented by a high profile lawyer, Khawaja Naveed who has filed the petition on their behalf in the SHC.

The ECB wants the SHC to order Kaneria to pay around 250,000 pounds as costs and fine for the spot-fixing case which was spread over two years in 2012 and 13 in the United Kingdom.

The ECB banned Kaneria, who played 61 Tests, for life in June 2012 for spot-fixing in County cricket while playing for Essex.

The leg-spinner, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan, then twice filed appeals. First before an Appeals tribunal of the ECB and then a commercial court in London against the the life ban. But both the times his appeals were rejected.