Integrity committee to decide Malik, Kaneria`s future tomorrow

Lahore: Uncertainty still looms large over former captain Shoaib Malik and leg-spinner Danish Kaneria`s future ahead of the Pakistan Cricket Board`s integrity committee meeting on Monday.

Well placed sources in the PCB said that while Malik has confirmed that he would be appearing before the integrity committee on Monday, the board was still awaiting a response from Kaneria.

"Malik has submitted some replies and documents regarding questions over a heavy amount found in his accounts. But it is too premature to say whether he would be cleared by the integrity committee or not," a PCB source said.

He pointed out that Malik would have to satisfy the committee with his explanation on the 95,000 pounds found in one of his bank accounts.

"He has submitted some documents but that does not mean he is cleared. There is a retired judge on the committee and he has to be satisfied first," the source said.

However, going by recent indications Malik is expected to be cleared by the committee tomorrow and could be included in the squad that leaves for Zimbabwe later this month.

The selectors have even named the right-handed batsman among the reserves for the tour.

Referring to Kaneria, the source said he had filed a petition in the Sindh High Court, which in turn had directed the leg-spinner to submit documents before the PCB to prove his claim that the Essex police have given him a clean chit on a spot-fixing charge in England last year.

"The court had told him to submit documents to the board but so far we have got nothing fresh from him. Perhaps, he will come with the documents himself," the source said.

The next hearing of the court is also scheduled for August 18.

The court had ordered Kaneria and his lawyer to submit details of the interview the Essex police conducted with the leg-spinner during the course of the investigations in England.

Kaneria has already sent a clearance letter from the Essex police, which has cleared the leg-spinner due to lack of evidence.


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