Court asks PCB not to pass `comments` about Kaneria

Last Updated: Jul 04, 2011, 17:44 PM IST

Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Monday restrained the Pakistan Cricket Board and its legal counsels from passing any defamatory or adverse remarks about Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria.

The court passed the order and summoned board officials on July 26 to hear the petition filed by Kaneria against the PCB`s decision not to clear him for national selection.

"The court has fixed the next date of hearing for July 26 and has also passed an order that restrains the board officials and legal counsels from passing any adverse or defamatory remarks about my client," Kaneria`s lawyer, Dr Farrugh Naseem said.

He also said that the court had observed that Kaneria was a national asset and had given great services to Pakistan cricket and must be treated with respect.

"I am happy with the outcome of the hearing today and I am very hopeful that I will get justice from the court," Kaneria told reporters.

Kaneria maintained that he had gone to court after waiting for nearly nine months for the board to give him a clear reason for not considering him for national selection.

"I have a family to take care of and I am a professional cricketer. My career and financial position is suffering because of the refusal of the board to clear me for national selection," the leg-spinner, who has taken 261 wickets in 61 Tests, said.

The PCB has refused to clear Kaneria for selection since last September when he was stopped by the board from boarding a flight to Dubai after being selected for the Test series against South Africa in the UAE.

Kaneria, who last played for Pakistan in England last year, has since then played only domestic cricket and has also not got any contracts to play in England or other foreign leagues.

Kaneria and his fellow Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield were investigated last year for their alleged role in spot-fixing during a Pro-40 match against Durham in late 2009.

The Essex police said it had found no evidence against Kaneria but filed charges against Westfield.

Naseem said they had submitted all relevant documents, including letters from the International Cricket Council to the court.

On the other hand, PCB legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi said that they would follow court orders and challenge Kaneria petition.

"We will prepare our case after getting the court orders," he said.

The board has repeatedly asked Kaneria to submit the transcript or recording of the statement he gave to the Essex police during the course of the spot-fixing investigation but the leg-spinner says the police have refused to release the statement because of the pending case against Westfield.

PTI