| Latest Cricket News | Saturday June 23 2012 6:19
Former Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria was given a life ban from English cricket on Friday for his involvement in the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.
Westfield was given a five-year ban, although he will be able to play club cricket in the final two years of his suspension.
In a statement, an ECB disciplinary panel said: "We regard Danish Kaneria as a grave danger to the game of cricket and we must take every appropriate step to protect our game from his corrupt activities.
"Accordingly, we are unanimously of the view that the only appropriate sanction in relation to both charges is one of suspension for life and that is the sanction we impose.
"This means from today Danish Kaneria is suspended from any involvement in the playing, organisation or administration of any cricket under the jurisdiction of the ECB."
Westfield was jailed for four months in February after admitting he accepted money to underperform during a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009.
The now 24-year-old Westfield named Kaneria - arrested with him in 2010 but released without charge - as the link between bookmakers and players.
The panel said Kaneria, by his own admission, had introduced Westfield in a nightclub to Arun or Anu Bhatt - an Indian businessman - who, prior to November 2007, had come to the notice of the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of the International Cricket Council as "allegedly being heavily involved in illegal betting".
They rejected as "nonsensical", Kaneria's claim his invitation to Bhatt to attend Dukes Nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex, was in order to keep him at arms length or similarly that obtaining tickets for him in Durham was with the same object.
The 31-year-old Kaneria has not played for Pakistan since making the last of his 61 Test appearances against England in August 2010 - the same tour that had the infamous spot-fixing episode in the Lord's Test, which led to then-captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer being jailed on corruption charges.
Butt, jailed for 30 months last November on charges of accepting corrupt payments, was freed on Thursday and returned immediately to Pakistan.
Aamer was released in February after serving half his six-month sentence while Asif, jailed for 12 months, was freed in May.
Photo: Getty Images