"Life Ban on Danish Kaneria is Harsh" : Mushtaq Mohammad

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Danish Kaneria’s international record will forever read as 261 wickets in 61 Tests and 15 wickets in 18 one-day internationals. When on song Kaneria was capable of match turning spells, however they were generally few and far between for Pakistan. His tendency to relieve the pressure on the opposition with a loose delivery or two each over was a weakness that he never really overcame. However, like some of his recent compatriots he will now be remembered for matters off the field than on the field.

The Pakistan legspinner has been banned for life from any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB after being found guilty of corruption by a disciplinary panel in relation to the spot-fixing case involving Mervyn Westfield. The ICC's anti-corruption code states that decisions based on a domestic board's regulations should be upheld by boards around the world, including the Pakistan Cricket Board, which will now complete its own integrity committee hearing.

Kaneria’s future looks bleak but since the panel’s decision he has been bullish stating that he will contest the life ban and speaking to Sky Sports News stated that “It is a very, very unfair decision against me. I've come all the way from Pakistan to say the truth.” The 30 year old also said “They don't have any proof against me. I don't know why they are saying this. I will definitely be doing an appeal. The people trust me. I'm an honest man. I've been playing cricket with passion and love. I have done nothing wrong."

The banning of Kaneria marks yet another embarrassing chapter for Pakistan cricket after Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were handed out prison sentences and banned from cricket for a minimum of 5 years each.

Speaking with PakPassion.net former Pakistan captain Mushtaq Mohammad feels that it is high time that Pakistani cricketers from the modern generation cleaned up their act. Mushtaq whilst criticising Kaneria for his actions feels though that the life ban is harsh and also praised the Pakistan Cricket Board for their efforts in educating young cricketers in Pakistan about the perils of fixing.

“The Kaneria episode is another sad and embarrassing chapter for Pakistan cricket. It seems to be one thing after another for Pakistan cricket which has been heavily dented by these players found guilty in the past year or so. In my opinion these players have no morals and they use their cricketing ability for the wrong reasons. I’m glad they have been caught and punished and it’s high time that Pakistani cricketers got their house in order and cleaned up their act. They are dragging down the name of Pakistan and devaluing the green cap of Pakistan that has been proudly worn by many before them” stated Mushtaq.

Mushtaq in an attempt to work out why some Pakistani cricketers have been targeted by bookies and fixers added “The majority of cricketers in Pakistan come from poor backgrounds and when they come into the cricketing limelight and see all of this money floating around and the riches that are on offer then sadly temptation gets the better of them. When they are approached by the bookmakers, those cricketers with weak morals are then bought and tempted by the possibility of making easy money. The issue is that they are reluctant to get involved at first and fear the consequences of being caught. But when they succeed the first time, get away with it and receive their payments from the bookmakers, then corruption eats away at them and the greed grows and there is no going back. Once one player sees how easy it is to make such money then others also get tempted and it spreads like a disease.”

Mushtaq who played 57 Tests for Pakistan however feels that the life ban imposed on Kaneria by the ECB disciplinary panel is harsh and excessive and that a 5 year ban should have been the maximum imposed upon Kaneria.

“Cricket was Danish’s profession and whilst he has erred, I don’t think the disciplinary panel should have given him a ban for life. I think a ban of 5 years like that imposed upon Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif would have been the right punishment. I think Danish is well within his rights to challenge the life ban through whatever means are available to him as I think a life ban is an over the top punishment.”

Mushtaq also feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board are heading in the right direction regarding the improvements they are making on their education programs for young cricketers regarding corruption, however there is still a lot of work to be done to fully resolve the issue.

“I’m pleased with the efforts of the PCB and their education programs, they are heading in the right direction. Examples have to be made of those players that have been caught and lessons need to be learnt by the Board and both the current Pakistani international cricketers and those who will represent the nation in years to come. The message has to be stronger, the message has to get through and that is a concern, is the message getting through to all of the boys or is it a situation where people are just going through the motions to show the world that these programs are now in place?”
 
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Dunno about Life ban but a harsh punishment is the only deterrent for preventing future incidents. It was only a matter of time before the ICC and other member boards took serious action.
 
Our Paks are not used to the reality of punishment for their crimes coming from a nation that rewards such despicable acts and is led by a convicted criminal - I'm happy to see that if we are not willing to clean up our act then other boards etc will do it!!!! In the same way the American drones/ special forces are taking out the trash in Pak! YEEHA!!!!
 
Life ban should be minimum punishment for Match/Spot fixing... .... Add imprisonment depending on the gravity of it. Full Stop. Let him be of any nationality.

Punishment for betrayal to the nation is death...I'm not comparing it to the military... But it's no less either. And what's a life ban in comparison to death penalty? The gravity of those to crimes aren't that apart. So still life ban is a favor, IMO.
 
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Nope not harsh considering the circumstances...

he was the mastermind
he is a "senior" cricketer
He was lying all along.
No remorse.

he deserves a life ban just like Butt and Asif :ibutt
 
Our Paks are not used to the reality of punishment for their crimes coming from a nation that rewards such despicable acts and is led by a convicted criminal - I'm happy to see that if we are not willing to clean up our act then other boards etc will do it!!!! In the same way the American drones/ special forces are taking out the trash in Pak! YEEHA!!!!

You do know innocent civilians are dying in it?
 
Wonder if Mushtaq Mohammad would feel the same if Kaneria was pressurising young Pakistani players to fix instead of English county players?
 
Life ban harsh or not folks?

eh?
Why are you trying to kickstart a discussion on a certain stub ?

If the members want to carry on with the discussion regarding Mushtaq's thinking, or with w/e.. let them do that. Why put up a question when there is a proper article in the OP. Let people discuss w.e aspect of the article they want to.

You posted this article and hold an imp position here. You posing the question will have the potential to change the perspective or the course of discussion. You def know that.. right ?
 
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eh?
Why are you trying to kickstart a discussion on a certain stub ?

If the members want to carry on with the discussion regarding Mushtaq's thinking, or with w/e.. let them do that. Why put up a question when there is a proper article in the OP. Let people discuss w.e aspect of the article they want to.

You posted this article and hold an imp position here. You posing the question will have the potential to change the perspective or the course of discussion. You def know that.. right ?

He didnt offer a perspective. He took an interview in which Mushtaq Muhommad offered his perspective, and Saj wants to know whether we agree with Mushtaq's perspective or not.

I personally dont agree with Mushtaq, Kaneria knew full well the consequences of his corruption and it's only fair that such criminals be given the highest possible punishment, so other players would think twice before being lured in by the concept of 'easy money'.

Props to the English Justice System for having a zero-tolerance approach to corruption.
 
He didnt offer a perspective. He took an interview in which Mushtaq Muhommad offered his perspective, and Saj wants to know whether we agree with Mushtaq's perspective or not.

That i could make out, but imo the question should have been included in the OP itself, and not asked at a later stage. Its confusing as well as a bit bewildering too.


As for the the ans to saj's question.. Nope. Ban not too harsh.
There has been enough leeway given to such people. Unless they put their foot down, nobody will understand the level of punishment such shameful acts warrant.
 
That i could make out, but imo the question should have been included in the OP itself, and not asked at a later stage. Its confusing as well as a bit bewildering too.
I believe he bumped it again after the conference Butt had, you know, about fixing
 
Indian bookie threatened Kaneria: Sources


Lahore: Pakistani Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria during his hearing by the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) claimed that he had been unable to break off his ties with Indian bookmaker Arun Bhatia as the latter had threatened him several times.

Well-informed sources aware of the proceedings during the hearing, which later banned Kaneria for life from English cricket and fined him 100,000 pounds for his involvement in spot-fixing, said Kaneria had also admitted that he had introduced the Indian to his Essex team-mate, Mervyn Westfield

"During the hearing this month when Kaneria was asked why he had kept his contacts with Arun despite being warned by the ICC anti-corruption unit officers to stay clear of him, he claimed he was being threatened by the Indian," one source said.

"Danish said in 2008 after the ICC anti-corruption officers questioned him in Lahore and told him that Arun was a bookmaker and he [Kaneria] should stay clear of him, he had tried to do this but the Indian started threatening him," the source said.

But he said the ECB panel were not convinced with Kaneria's story and asked him if he was under threat from Arun, why he had not informed the Pakistan Cricket Board and other authorities.

"The panel also asked Danish if he was under threat from Arun, why did he accompany him to night clubs and restaurants and also introduced him to Westfield and other Essex players," the source claimed.

Kaneria has said he would appeal the life ban from the ECB panel as there was no evidence against him that he had done spot-fixing or convinced Westfield or other players to do spot-fixing after taking money from Arun.

"Kaneria's plea is that while he did know Arun, he never conspired with him to fix matches and that he had not got fair justice from the ECB panel," the source said.

He said the PCB officials were briefed in detail about the hearing and its repercussions by the ECB officials during the recent ICC meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

PCB Chairman, Zaka Ashraf, said after returning home on Friday that the PCB had given a chance to Danish to come and meet them and come clean, but he avoided meeting them and decided to fight the corruption case himself.

Ashraf also slammed claims by former captain Salman Butt that he was innocent of spot-fixing charges and said he was banned by ICC and jailed in a UK court.

"Now if he wants to appeal the ban or wants a fresh trial in Pakistan, that is his business; the board has nothing to do with it," Ashraf said.

Link: http://cricketnext.in.com/live/news/indian-bookie-threatened-kaneria-sources/66610-13.html
 
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Bump!

All these years of denial for nothing and now when the truth has finally come out - there is nothing but disgrace and humiliation for Kaneria.
 
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