No action against Kaneria until match-fixing charges proved: PCB

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London, Apr.13 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied taking any disciplinary action against leg-spinner Danish Kaneria until his involvement in match-fixing is proved.

Reports in British media have alleged that Kaneria is one of the two Essex cricketers being probed by the Essex Police on match-fixing charges.

PCB's director cricket operations, Zakir Khan, while putting down suggestions that Kaneria might be banned, said it is important that the charges are proved.

"I think it's very important that first these allegations are proven.Then, of course, action will be taken," The News quoted Khan, as saying.

Meanwhile, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has refused to comment on the issue, saying the matter is under investigation

"We wouldn't want to comment on some of the reports that have appeared in the press recently. Those matters are being investigated," MCC's secretary Keith Bradshaw said.

Kaneria has already rubbished match-fixing allegations, saying the reports were 'baseless'.

"My cricketing career is completely unstained and I'm surprised at such allegations Kaneria, who is yet to join the county side for the upcoming season, had said.

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, reports said.

If Kaneria's involvement in match- fixing is proved, it would add to the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) humiliation, which has already slapped hefty fines and imposed ban on seven top cricketers on various accounts of indiscipline and violation of the players' code of conduct. (ANI)

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