Danish Kaneria criticises ECB lifetime ban

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria says he is "not guilty" after being banned for life in 2012 by the England and Wales Cricket Board for his part in a spot-fixing scam.

The 33-year-old, who was punished for introducing then Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to illegal bookmakers, says he has been discriminated against.

Westfield was jailed for four months after receiving £6,000 for agreeing to concede 12 runs during an over of a one-day game against Durham in 2009.

Kaneria was never charged, but his role in suggesting and organising the spot-fixing plan, as well as his influence over Westfield - acknowledged during the latter's trial - saw the spinner receive a lifetime ban, which applies worldwide.

Kaneria is attempting to have his ban overturned, filing a case against the ECB at the High Court's Commercial Court, starting on 11 April.