Kaneria admits his British lawyer has tapes of investigation

Karachi: Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday admitted in the Sindh High Court that his British lawyer has the transcripts and tapes of the investigation that the Essex police conducted on him last year but could not release it due to legal issues.

Tafazzul Rizvi, the legal counsel of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), told PTI that finally Kaneria has admitted that his lawyer has the required tapes and transcripts.

"His lawyer has taken the plea that these (tape and transcripts) could not be submitted to the PCB because of legal complications and laws as another player, Mervyn Westfield was also under trial in the spot-fixing investigation in England," Rizvi said.

The court is hearing a petition filed by Kaneria against the PCB`s refusal to clear him to play international cricket.

Kaneria claims that the PCB should not consider him ineligible as he has submitted letters to the PCB from the International Cricket Council (ICC) and his county team --Essex-- to prove he was not under investigation.

The leg-spinner had his contract terminated by Essex last season after he had come under investigation in a spot-fixing case involving a Pro-40 match but was cleared by the police.

The PCB has repeatedly told Kaneria to produce the transcripts and tapes of the questioning session he had with the police in England and at the last hearing the court also directed the player`s lawyer to either submit the tapes and transcripts or a reply from the British lawyer.

"I told the honourable court that if Kaneria can`t show the transcripts and tapes to the PCB integrity committee he should show it to the court as there must be something in the tapes that he does not want to make public," Rizvi said.

"The Court has now directed the PCB to directly approach and get legal opinion from England on whether the transcripts and tapes can be admitted to court under British laws. The court has said we should now find out if Kaneria can face any liability if his lawyer sends the tapes and transcripts to the board or court," he added.

The court adjourned the hearing to September 27 after the PCB counsel asked for four weeks time to get the required court directives done.

Rizvi said he had told the court that it was surprising that while Kaneria was more worried about what could happen in the Mervyn Westfield case if he submitted the transcripts and tapes but was not concerned when his own future was on line.

"I told the court that they should go through the transcripts and tapes and if they feel there is evidence in it to suggest Kaneria`s integrity is above suspicion the board will accept any decision of the court to clear the player," Rizvi said.

Kaneria has been allowed to play domestic cricket but the PCB has refused to give him clearance to play international cricket since last year.

Kaneria, who has taken 261 Test wickets, made his last appearance for Pakistan in England in August last year.


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