Kaneria to rejoin Essex next week

Karachi: Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is set to join his county side Essex next week despite speculation that he is one of the team’s two players under investigation for spot fixing during a match last season.

The ‘Sun’ tabloid has named Kaneria as one of the players under the scanner although the Essex county and police have refused to divulge the names of the cricketers facing investigation.

“I will be taking up my assignment with the county from May 6 and will play for them throughout the season except when required for Pakistan duty,” Kaneria told reporters.

He said no one from the county had contacted him regarding the ongoing investigation into the spot fixing allegations.

“If they felt I had done something wrong I don’t think they would be offering me a place in their team this season as well,” said Kaneria who has played for the last six years for the county.

The leg-spinner was due to join Essex early this month but was stopped by the Pakistan Cricket Board sparking off rumours that the ongoing investigation by the Essex police had something to do with his not going to England.

But Kaneria said he was told by the selectors to play in the Pentangular one-day Cup as they wanted to consider him for the Asia Cup and other one-day tournaments this year.

“Let me repeat I have never indulged in any unsporting or unethical activities in my career,” he insisted.

Kaneria said he was also keen to make a place in the Pakistan Twenty20 squad and also hoped for a breakthrough in one-dayers through the Asia Cup.



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