Pakistani off-spinner Danish Kaneria, who is serving a life ban has accused the PCB of not treating him the same as others. Dinesh Kaneria faced a lifetime ban from cricket for a spot-fixing charge. He has been outspoken about the Pakistan Cricket board’s giving reduced sentences to other players accused of the same charges, while him not being allowed to play still.
Danish Kaneria is only the second Hindu cricketer to play for Pakistan after Anil Dalpat. He had earlier alleged that he faced discrimination due to his religion from some teammates in the Pakistan Team.
The off-spinner has requested the PCB to lift his ban on many occasions like they did with Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt who faced similar charges.
PCB Has Double Standards Accuses Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria has accused the PCB to have double standards, because of the unfair treatment to his pleas. He says he is very proud to have represented his country on the highest level.
“Playing for the Pakistan cricket team has been a matter of pride for me. Playing for my country and being a Hindu cricketer, representing the Pakistan team and winning matches for my team is like an achievement for me and it is a matter of pride and honor for me,” Danish Kaneria told India TV.
“People accuse me of playing the religion card. I do not mean to do this nor have I ever played the religion card. My issue is only with the Pakistan Cricket Board and its double standards. The behavior of the PCB with the rest of the players is very good but when it comes to me, I am sidelined. I regret this,” Danish Kaneria added.
They Showed Compassion in Umar Akmal’s case. Why not in mine? Asks Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria also supported his allegations with Umar Akmal’s ban being halved for the charges of suspension for failing to report corrupt approaches.
“You call it zero-tolerance policy for corruption. Umar was proved guilty but still, his ban has been halved. They showed compassion in his case. Amir, Asif, Salman too were allowed to come back, why leave me out?” Danish asked while talking to PTI.
“Why don’t they show the same compassion in my case? They say I talk about my religion (he is a Hindu) but what do I say when the discrimination is crystal clear. I am just going by simple logic,” he said.
Danish Kaneria made his debut for the Pakistan cricket team in 2000. He went on to play 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan and while taking 261 wickets and 15 wickets respectively.
Kaneria was found guilty of spot-fixing alongside Mervyn Westfield while playing for English county Essex against Durham in 2009 that derailed his career.