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Kaneria to continue fight to get clearance to play for Pak

Troubled leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has vowed to continue his fight to get clearance from the Pakistan cricket Board to play for the national team again after the Sindh high court on Monday dismissed his petition on technical grounds.

cricket Updated: Nov 10, 2011 20:52 IST

Troubled leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has vowed to continue his fight to get clearance from the Pakistan cricket Board to play for the national team again after the Sindh high court on Monday dismissed his petition on technical grounds.

The court ruled that Kaneria's petition challenging the PCB decision to not consider him for national selection should be heard by the Lahore high court as per jurisdiction.

"Since the PCB headquarters is located in Lahore and the petition was filed against the board the court ruled that it was not in the jurisdiction of the Sindh high court to rule on the case," said Faroog Naseem, the lawyer for the leg-spinner.

Kaneria had filed a petition four months ago in the SHC against the PCB refusal to clear him for national selection as he claimed there was no spot fixing investigation or case pending against him in England.

The PCB refused to consider him for national selection as it pointed out that Kaneria's integrity was in doubt after he was questioned by Essex police in a spot-fixing investigation in England last year.

The investigation centered around a Essex and Durham Pro-40 match played in September, 2009 when Kaneria was on the Essex staff.

The Essex police later said it had found no evidence against Kaneria in the case but months later the county released him claiming it was due to financial constraints.

But the PCB insisted Kaneria produce the transcripts of his questioning by the Essex police as it wanted to be clear about his integrity.

A disappointed Kaneria said despite the SHC ruling he would not give up his fight to get clearance from the board.

"We will definitely either go to the Lahore High Court or even consider filing an appeal in the Supreme court and we are in the process of consulting with our lawyer on this," Kaneria said.

The experienced bowler, who has appeared in 61 Tests for Pakistan, said the court ruling over the issue of jurisdiction was acceptable to him but the court had not disposed off the petition completely.

"We still have our avenues to get relief for the injustice being done to me. There is no reason why I should not be cleared to be considered for the national team," he said.

PCB's lawyer had taken the stance that it was not the jurisdiction of the SHC to rule on Kaneria's petition.

Kaneria has not been selected to play for Pakistan since October 2010 when he was stopped from going to Dubai after being picked initially in the Test squad for the series against South Africa.

Kaneria said he had already gone through a lot of mental stress and anguish but had not given up hope.

"I want this stigma removed from my name once for all," he added.