Kaneria to join Essex on May 6 leaving match-fixing reports behind

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Karachi, May 3 (ANI): Putting the alleged spot fixing rumours behind, Pakistani leg spinner Danish Kaneria said that he is due to join up once again with English County team Essex.

The UK Police was investigating Kaneria, who plays for English county team Essex, for his involvement in a cricket betting scandal.

He is reportedly under police investigation over a NatWest Pro40 match between Essex and Durham at the Riverside on September 5, 2009.

"Yes I'll be back at Essex later next week, probably 6th May. I'm really looking forward to it, especially after our promotion to Division 1 of the County Championship," Kaneria said.

"It will be a good challenge for myself and my Essex colleagues to test ourselves in the top tier of English County cricket," Pakpassion.net quoted him, as saying.

Kaneria said that he would have liked to be part of the Pakistani squad in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.

"It was good to see the boys (Pakistan) get off to a winning start in the West Indies against Bangladesh. Of course I would like to have been part of the squad and who knows maybe in future I'll get a chance," he said.

Speaking about the role of leg spinners at the Twenty20 World Cup, Kaneria said that leg spinners will be pivotal and crucial to any team's chances, especially given the nature of the wickets in the Caribbean. (ANI)

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