Malik and Kaneria plead the case to PCB

Shoaib Malik and Danish Kaneria both appeared before a former judge in a last ditch attempt to resurrect their cricket careers.
Danish Kaneria refused to comment on his meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board as he left their building.
Danish Kaneria refused to comment on his meeting with the Pakistan Cricket Board as he left their building.

LAHORE // Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan captain, and Danish Kaneria, the discarded leg-spinner, appeared before a former judge Monday in a last-ditch effort to revive their international careers.

Malik, 29, and Kaneria 30, have not been cleared for selection since last year, reportedly failing to convince an integrity committee that they were not involved in alleged match-fixing cases.

Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, accused Malik and Kaneria last month of not telling the truth to the committee, headed by the former supreme court judge, Jamshed Ali Shah.

Kaneria was arrested by British police last year over allegations of spot-fixing when his county side, Essex, played against Durham in 2009, but he was released without charge.

His colleague, Mervyn Westfield, however, was charged and faces criminal proceedings.

Kaneria has sought legal action over his non-clearance with the court due to reconvene on Thursday.

Nadeem Sarwar, a PCB spokesman, said both players appeared before the committee but that a decision is pending.

"Both Malik and Kaneria appeared before the committee, but the committee has taken no decision," Sarwar said.

Malik said he did everything he could.

"I have given to the committee whatever I was asked to submit, and it's up to them to clear me," Malik told reporters. He has reportedly failed to justify £90,000 (Dh533,700) in his bank account.

"If I am included in the team, then I am sure I will give a good performance, as I believe I have a lot to offer to Pakistan cricket," said Malik, who was included in the tour to Zimbabwe subject to clearance.

Pakistan play one Test, three one-day internationals, two Twenty20 matches and a practice match on their tour of Zimbabwe starting later this month.

Malik was appointed captain after Pakistan's first-round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, but was dumped in January 2009 after losing a one-day series against Sri Lanka.

He has not played for Pakistan since last year's tour of England.

There was no immediate comment from Kaneria.

The International Cricket Council forced the PCB to form an integrity committee after a spot-fixing scandal in England last year resulted in lengthy bans for Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

Elsewhere, England's Chris Tremlett has been ruled out of the fourth Test against India at The Oval this week due to a back injury. Graham Onions has been called in as cover with James Anderson also suffering a minor quadriceps injury.

Andy Flower, the team director, will be rested for England's one-day international against Ireland in Dublin later this month.

Flower will not travel with the squad for the one-off August 25 match, with Richard Halsall, his assistant, taking his place, as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) look to manage his workload following a busy year so far.

It will be the first time the father of three has missed an England game since taking charge just over two years ago. "England team director Andy Flower will be rested from the Ireland match before rejoining the England squad ahead of the NatWest International T20 fixture against India on August 31," an ECB statement read.

Flower has indicated previously that he would look to take scheduled breaks from a hectic international cricket calendar.

He was away from his family for five months at the start of the year for England's successful Ashes tour of Australia and the World Cup before this summer's domestic programme.

Published: August 16, 2011 04:00 AM


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