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Saturday, December 18, 2010

PCB wants Kaneria’s bank and assets details

KARACHI: Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria has said he is confident of returning to the national side pending clearance by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Kaneria was speaking after a meeting with the board’s integrity committee, which he described as ‘fruitful and positive.’ 

“I am providing the board with whatever details they have asked for,” Kaneria said. “Now it is just a case of waiting for their decision. I am cooperating in every way. Obviously I am keen to have this stigma off my name and play for Pakistan again.” He said the board had asked him to submit details of his bank accounts and other assets and he had already provided them with some at Wednesday’s meeting. 

Kaneria was the subject of a criminal investigation in August by Essex police over allegations that he was involved in spot-fixing during a county game. He was released without charge in September. Despite his clearance in that case, the PCB stopped Kaneria at the last minute from going to the UAE to play the Test series against South Africa. He had been named in the original squad and attended the team’s training camp, but he was informed just before he was about to leave for the airport that he would not be on the tour. He was then left out of the squad for the Test series in New Zealand, along with Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik, who have also not been cleared by the PCB. The board did not give any reason for Kaneria’s exclusion. 

Kaneria has taken 35 wickets in five matches at 18.02 in this season’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He said he was glad the board had not place any restriction on him playing domestic cricket. “Playing in domestic cricket means I am fit and in form and ready to play for Pakistan anytime.” Kaneria has taken 261 wickets in his 61 Tests. 

Kamran and Shoaib had both expressed disappointment with the PCB’s decision to not clear them for the New Zealand tour. Kamran had received clearance from the ICC, after he wrote to them asking if he was under investigation, but was still not named in Pakistan’s squad. Pakistan have delayed their announcement of the squad for the ODI series in New Zealand as well as the 30 probables for the World Cup and have said they want to further consider the clearances of some of their players. So, Kaneria could still be included in those two squads if he receives clearance in time.
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