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Pakistan Cricket Board consults ECB on Kaneria issue

Karachi: Pakistan Cricket Board has sought clarification from the England and Wales Cricket Board over the inclusion of leg-spinner Danish Kaneria in their Test squad for the upcoming Test tour to that country.

Danish Kaneria and his Essex teammate, fast bowler Mervyn Westfield are under investigation for alleged match fixing in a county match.

The two players were last month questioned by Essex police at Brentwood police station for alleged irregularities during the Pro-40 League game against Durham last September.

A newspaper has reported that both the players have received letters from the ECB, informing them that their registrations will be suspended while the investigation is on.

However, neither of the two have been charged and are out on bail until September 15.

PCB Chairman Ejaz But said that he was in touch with the ECB over the issue.

"We are aware of what is happening in connection with the ongoing investigation and if any development takes place we will let it be known publicly," Butt said.

The contact with the ECB comes in the wake of reports that the ECB would give clearance for Kaneria to play in the coming series involving Pakistan.

Butt said that the PCB wanted to be clear about the situation and that is why they had got in touch with the ECB.

Kaneria, who has taken 254 wickets in 58 Tests, is among the players shortlisted for the tour to England this summer.

The national selection committee is due to announce the squad for the Asia Cup and England tour in Lahore tomorrow and Kaneria is seen as a key bowler for Pakistan.

They will play two Tests against Australia and four against England.

PTI

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