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Kaneria loses appeal

Former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria, banned from the sport for life.

Former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria has failed in his appeal to get his lifetime ban from the sport overturned, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Kaneria was given the ban in June for his role in a spot-fixing plot but denied all involvement.

The 32-year-old Pakistani leg-spinner was found guilty of "cajoling and pressurising" former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro40 match in 2009.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said in July that he would be suspended from playing in his home country until the outcome of the appeal was known.

Westfield served two months of a four-month prison sentence last year after admitting spot-fixing and was banned from professional cricket for five years.

Mervyn Westfield was jailed for his part in the spot-fixing affair Credit: PA

The 24-year-old was summoned to appear as a witness, against his wishes, at the appeal after the ECB obtained a witness summons order from the High Court to force Westfield to attend to give evidence against Kaneria.

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