Kaneria was banned by an ECB disciplinary panel in June last year after he was found guilty of corruption while playing with Essex in 2009. The 32-year-old was convicted of "cajoling and pressurising" former team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over during a Pro40 match.
An ECB appeal panel of the cricket discipline commission upheld Kaneria's sanction although Westfield, who was imprisoned for his part in the affair, had his five-year playing ban varied.
Tuesday's ruling stated that Westfield could return to club cricket on April 1 next year - three years before his ban from the professional game is due to be completed. Any return would, however, be made on the proviso he adheres to an anti-corruption education programme.
"An appeal panel of the cricket discipline commission today upheld the life ban imposed on Mr Danish Kaneria by a disciplinary panel in June 2012," an ECB statement read. "At a hearing in April 2013, the appeal panel had found that he had been guilty of two charges under the ECB's regulations.
"The panel varied the sanction imposed on Mr Mervyn Westfield. He has been banned from all forms of cricket for five years from the 17th February 2012, but will be permitted to participate in club cricket after April 1st 2014 provided that he has co-operated fully with the Professional Cricketers' Association's stringent anti-corruption education programme."
Kaneria has repeatedly denied all involvement in the corruption case, but his appeal against two ECB charges has now twice failed on appeal.
A Cricket Discipline Commission appeals panel dismissed the case in April before Tuesday's decision, when Kaneria had hoped a reduction in his ban might at least have been achieved.
During his criminal trial last year, Westfield named Kaneria as the figure who induced him into accepting £6,000 from a bookmaker to under-perform in the 2009 match.
That evidence was key to the ECB's case in imposing their life ban which, because of its affiliation with other boards under the International Cricket Council banner, is effective all over the world.
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