Former Pakistan legspinner Danish Kaneria said on Tuesday he had high hopes that a lifetime ban on him imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board would be overturned and his international career would be revived.

[caption id="attachment_566" align="alignright" width="300"]The ECB banned Danish Kaneria for pressuring former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing in an English county ODI in 2009 (Photo: AFP) The ECB banned Danish Kaneria for pressuring former Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing in an English county one-dayer in 2009 (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

The ECB banned Kaneria, 32, last year after he was found guilty of pressuring former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing during a one-day match in 2009.

Kaneria, who left on Tuesday for London, said he was hoping that the panel will be neutral in his hearing to be held next Monday.

He said it has become difficult for him to make ends meet because of the ban.

The hearing was earlier set for December but was put off after Westfield refused to appear before the committee.

It is not confirmed whether Westfield will attend next week’s hearing.

Westfield was banned after he pleaded guilty to receiving payment. However, because of his admission of guilt and the evidence he provided against Kaneria, the ECB reduced a possible ban of nine years to five. He was also allowed to play club cricket after three years.

Kaneria, who was capped 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, said he hoped things would go in his favour if Westfield attended the hearing.

Pakistan’s players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir also face bans after they found guilty of spot-fixing during a test against England in 2010.
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