Kaneria contemplates legal action against British tabloid

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Lahore, Apr 12(ANI): Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is contemplating legal action against the British tabloid, which revealed him as one of the two Essex players under investigation by police for 'match irregularities' during a NatWest Pro40 match played on September 5 last year.

"I don't know from where they have got their information, but I have spoken to my lawyer and we are contemplating to sue them for damages," The Daily Times quoted Kaneria, as saying.

Kaneria, who has been playing for Essex for the last seven seasons, said he was devastated by the allegations, as he had always stayed clear of such controversies and scandals.

"My association with Essex is long and I have a lot of respect out there. This controversy has hurt me badly and it is rubbish as far as I am concerned," Kaneria said.

"I am just waiting for the police to complete their investigations after which I will claim damages," he added.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had issued a brief statement from Essex Police stating that inquiries are currently being conducted into the actions of two Essex players in a match last season.

"Following allegations received about two Essex county cricket players involved in match irregularities, we have initiated an investigation and are working closely with Essex County Cricket Club and the English Cricket Board," the statement said.

The suggestion is that players did not actively throw matches, but manipulated passages of play by bowling poorly or sending down no balls or wides. (ANI)

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