Kaneria must appear before PCB integrity group over spot-fixing

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Danish Kaneria will be called before the Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee to explain his involvement in a spot-fixing inquiry that led to his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield being jailed.

A joint statement from the International Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the PCB denied that the leg-spinner (right) had been cleared to play, despite his claims to the contrary.

"Following reports in which Kaneria claims to have been issued with a clearance certificate, the ICC, ECB and PCB categorically deny such a clearance certificate was ever issued. The PCB said that following the Westfield judgment, Kaneria will be called to appear before the integrity committee to explain his position."

Kaneria was named in a London court last week as a go-between in the scandal that resulted in a four-month prison sentence for Westfield. The Pakistani, who took 261 wickets in 61 Tests, was arrested in 2010 along with Westfield on suspicion of spot-fixing during an Essex match against Durham in 2009, before being released without charge. Kaneria's Essex contract was terminated in 2010 and he has not played for Pakistan since.