Tainted Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has been in the limelight for months as a consequence of his controversial statements regarding his profession in cricket. He was given a life ban for a spot-fixing cost in 2012 and has been on a mission to get that lifted. Kaneria has been vocal against the Pakistan Cricket Board a number of instances in the past for not allowing him to play cricket while reducing punishments of other cricketers for identical custody.
Kaneria had previously alleged that some players in the Pakistan side discriminated against him because of his religion. He is exclusively the second Hindu cricketer after Anil Dalpat who played for Pakistan. He went on to play 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan and while taking 261 wickets and 15 wickets respectively. Nevertheless, he was soon after found guilty in the spot-fixing controversy (a charge he admitted in 2018) and it wrecked his career.
Kaneria lately remarked on his career and he called it a “matter of pride” in the fact that he represented his country at the highest level while taking another pot-shot at PCB.
“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 honour for me,” 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 behaviour of the PCB with the rest of the players is very good but when it comes to me, I am side-lined. I regret this,” he concluded.
Former spinner had criticised PCB’s verdict to decrease Umar Akmal’s suspension for failing to account unethical methods.
“You call it the 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?” he 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