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UK commercial court dismisses Kaneria's appeal

LONDON: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rejected Danish Kaneria’s latest appeal against a life ban on Tuesday, ARY News reported.

The banned spinner Kaneria had sought to overturn the ruling in the UK Commercial Court but his case was rejected by Justice Nicholas Hamblen in a ruling delivered on Tuesday.

Kaneria was banned for life by the ECB in 2012 in relation to the Mervyn Westfield spot-fixing case.

An appeal under the ECB's regulations was unsuccessful last year but Kaneria continued to pursue the case through the Commercial Court, a subdivision of the High Court that deals with business disputes. 

Costs of £100,000 imposed upon Kaneria were also upheld by Justice Hamblen, who ruled that the ECB had not exceeded its powers in imposing the ban. Kaneria was not present to hear the ruling.

The ECB once again urged Kaneria to admit his involvement in spot-fixing, with David Collier, the chief executive, calling for the former Test spinner to "publicly admit his guilt".

"This judgment re-affirms the previous findings of guilt and recognises that the two Cricket Discipline Commission Panels' decisions to impose a life ban were proportionate to the seriousness of the offences," Collier said in a statement. "It also makes it abundantly clear that there was no error of law or irregularity involved in the disciplinary process.

"This case has now been considered by two different independent panels and an experienced High Court Judge. Today's decision supports the outcome of the earlier hearings both of which led to a finding that Mr Kaneria acted as a recruiter of spot-fixers and exploited his status as an international player to engage a young county professional, Mervyn Westfield, in corrupt activity.

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