KARACHI – Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria said on Friday he was in the dark about a disciplinary hearing in Britain over corruption that led to the jailing of an English county player.
Summoned by the England Cricket Board for a hearing over alleged corrupt activities in county matches, Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria said he has no issues in appearing before the ECB but he would consult his lawyers before taking a decision.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday that the leg-spinner and his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield would face a hearing next month. Westfield was jailed for four months in February after admitting that he accepted money to under-perform during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009.
Kaneria , who has not played for Pakistan since the Nottingham Test against England in August 2010, said he had not been informed about the hearing. "I just got to know about a disciplinary hearing from the media," said Kaneria .
"Once I get the official letter from the ECB then only I will consult with my lawyer and decide how to go about it." Kaneria faces a worldwide ban from the game if found guilty by the hearing, where a number of Essex players are expected to give evidence.  In February this year, the International Cricket Council, the ECB and Pakistan Cricket Board dismissed Kaneria 's claimed that he had been cleared in the spot-fixing scandal.
Kaneria became embroiled in controversy in 2010 when he was arrested, along with Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield for the alleged involvement in a spot-fixing case. He was later released owing to insufficient evidence, but his name cropped up again during Westfield’s trial earlier this year, which saw the latter sentenced to four months in prison. Kaneria was pinpointed as the middleman who set up the deal which saw the 23-year-old pacer accepting 6,000 pounds in exchange for deliberately underperforming during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in September 2009.
However, the scandal appears to have been refreshed as the ECB recently released a statement saying Westfield and Kaneria were due for a disciplinary hearing in May for “alleged breaches of the ECB’s anti-corruption directives.”
Kaneria’s brother, however, maintained that no such notice has been received, and the 31-year-old would consult with his lawyers before deciding whether to attend the hearing or not.
“We have received no notification of the ECB disciplinary hearing so far. When we get it we will consult our lawyers before announcing any decision,” confirmed Vicky Kaneria , the right-armer’s brother and added: “Danish was questioned by the Essex police when this incident took place and was released without being charged. He is innocent.”  “We have no issues about him going to London to attend the hearing but first we will consult our lawyers and see what the hearing is all about,” he asserted.
“We want this issue to be settled once and for all because it has nearly destroyed my brother’s career,” he concluded.