Danish Kaneria in racism row with ECB
Published - Apr 19, 2016 2:00 pm | Updated - Apr 19, 2016 2:00 pm
Danish Kaneria rose to prominence in the Pakistani cricket team for his ability to turn the ball by literal acres. However, since his exile from the international stage, Kaneria has been plying his trade with both the Pakistan and England domestic circuits. However, Kaneria is back into the spotlight once again where he has accused the England & Wales Cricket board of racism. According to the spinner, he couldn’t remain associated with cricket due to racism by the ECB and incessant ignorance by the PCB.
The 35-year old also added that he was glad to have been a part of the Pakistan team having played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs before being overlooked by the national selectors. He has also been involved in a spot-fixing controversy while playing for his English county side Essex. The tainted spinner has a decent test record at his disposal as he has picked up 261 wickets at an average of 34.79 in the 61 tests he played for Pakistan
Speaking to Uttarpradesh.org in a Skype interview, Kaneria alleged that it was the PCB wasn’t satisfied with his performances. He also alleged that the PCB regretted the fact that the PCB was regretting redeeming the status of those implicated in the spot-fixing scandal in England. Therefore, while attempting to redeem the status of the likes of Mohammad Amir, Salman Butt, and Mohammad Asif, Kaneria said that they were doing nothing for his revival.
Kaneria also went on to slam the ECB stating that they implicated him in the match-fixing scandal despite not having enough proof on him. He also accused the ECB of discrimination towards him.
He said, “If anything, the permission by the England and Wales Cricket Board to allow special treatment to Westfield, confirms their bias and discrimination towards me throughout this case.”
In 2012, Kaneria was adjudged to have fixed a match in the county championship. He was subsequently banned for five years and also imprisoned or a substantial amount of time. Kaneria has also pleaded with the PCB to look into his case and help him out with his current predicament.
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