Danish Kaneria once again expressed his frustration and wondered that if he has been ignored by the Pakistan Cricket Board because he is a Hindu?
Danish Kaneria talked to India Today, where he quoted the case of Mohammad Amir and the way board has made effort to get him clear.
“Pakistan Cricket Board went out of its way for (Mohammad) Amir but look what are they doing to me. They don’t want to even talk to me. I keep asking myself that am I being neglected because I am a Hindu?” said Kaneria.
Danish Kaneria, who has been banned for life by the ECB due to alleged match fixing in county matches further said, “I have to use the word discrimination again and again because of the treatment meted out to me by the PCB. People of Pakistan have given me a lot of love but it is because of those few people in the PCB that I feel that I am being punished for being a player from the minority community in Pakistan.”
He further added, “I am really pained at the way PCB has handled my case. Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were caught red handed while playing for Pakistan. They went to jail also but PCB made an effort to bring them back in the fold. They didn’t do the same for me. Look how they got Amir back in international cricket. This is what pains me. They can support a criminal but not me. My case was from domestic cricket. It is obvious that I will get that feeling of discrimination as I belong to the minority community,”
Danish Kaneria who is the fourth highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in test cricket just after Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan, he vowed that he might have broken their records as well had he not been imposed an unjust ban.
“At the speed with which I was going at that point of time, I would have easily crossed the 500-wicket mark in Test cricket by now. Just have a look at the records I broke of (Abdul) Qadir sahab, Mushi (Mushtaq Ahmed) and Saqi (Saqlain Mushtaq) bhai. I am still the fourth highest wicket-taker for Pakistan after Wasim, Waqar and Imran. I could’ve broken their records too but was stopped. PCB is responsible for it.” said the hurt and frustrated spinner.
Despite of all the unfairness from the board, Kaneria hailed some of the former cricketers like Rashid Latif, Sarfaraz Nawaz Abdul Qadir and some others who have supported him during the tough time.
However, Danish Kaneria once again made it clear that he is not looking to take an asylum in India, he is just on a spiritual trip in the neighboring country.
“I am in India on a spiritual trip with my mother and wife. When my Muslim friends go on Umrah, they don’t tell the entire world about it. I came here on a yatra, that is the only reason. However, people back home are saying and assuming a lot of things which are completely baseless. There is no point in meeting the BCCI bosses too. What will they do in my case? Both my kids are in Karachi with my brother’s family. I will definitely return to Pakistan.”
Danish claimed that he is honest with the game of cricket, “Frankly, I have never done anything wrong. I consider my cricket as Puja and will never abuse it. Art of spin bowling, especially leg spin, is god-gifted, not everyone can have it. I just want to pass it on to the youngsters.”