A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news as we discuss extraordinary events concerning Pakistan cricket - on and off the pitch including Danish Kaneria being handed a lifetime ban by the ECB.
The leg-spinner is unlikely to ever play cricket in England again after being found guilty of two breaches of its anti-corruption code in relation to spot-fixing during a match between Essex and Durham in 2009. Mervyn Westfield, already serving a four-month sentence, has been banned for five years after he deliberately underperformed.
Kaneria's involvement has resulted in a three-man disciplinary panel handing him the most severe punishment available to them. In times gone by, he has enjoyed memorable battles with the likes of Brian Lara and taken hat-tricks but his career is now seemingly in ruins.
Meanwhile, his former team-mate Salman Butt has arrived home in Pakistan ater after he was released seven months into a 30-month sentence for spot-fixing. Despite a five-year ban from playing still being in force, he believes he can clear his name and resurrect his career. Salman Butt was in jail for less than a third of his intended sentence.
Finally, on the field, Pakistan struggled on the opening day of the first Test in Galle as Sri Lanka racked up 300 for two with centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara making Mohammad Hafeez's first day in charge of the Test side one to forget.
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