Danish Kaneria – The Pakistani leg spinner has been out of the action from a long time. No, he has still not retired from any form of the game, but has been sidelined from the national side after the match fixing controversy, that happened with him in England, during his county cricket stint. Danish Kaneria last played international cricket in 2010 & his last domestic game in 2012. Since then, he’s disappeared from Pakistan Cricket scenario.
A gifted leg spinner, Danish Kaneria was a key spinner for Pakistan & has been more than just an aid for Pakistan’s last 2 ace spinners – Saqlain Mushtaq & Saeed Ajmal. Danish took 261 Test wickets from 61 test matches at an average of 34.79, bagging 5 wickets/inning, a whooping 15 times.
We decided to have a chat with Danish to listen his side of match fixing controversy. Danish feels discriminated, PCB and ECB together played with his career just for the sake of internal politics. He hints at Mohammad Amir’s return to the national side, who’s back after a ban of 5 years, despite being proven guilty for spot fixing in an international game, whereas he was never proven guilty & still he wasn’t backed by PCB.
Read the excerpts from the interview below.
Q-1: Danish Ji, you are away from cricket since long time? What are the reasons?
Yes, I am away from a game since long for sure. Racism and Human rights violation by England and Wales Cricket Board and a deliberate Ignorance of me by the Pakistan Cricket Board are the primary reasons of my being away from the game.
Q2-Even though you were performing well, why you were kept in a “c” grade.
One of the decision makers’ dislike of in my home cricket board was the primary reason.
Q:3 Did you ever felt discrimination by PCB?
Cricket lovers of Pakistan loved me and also love me a lot. However, since my case happened and the subsequent actions of PCB made me think of discrimination. For example, three players of Pakistan were convicted and jailed in UK. Even though, they are back in a professional game. On the other hand, I was never arrested, convicted or jailed. PCB never supported me even till today. The actions of PCV, themselves, suggested that I am being discriminated.
Q4: What is the future of Cricket in Pakistan? Has terrorism activities affected it?
Due to organizational issues of PCB, Cricket in Pakistan is suffering. Organization issues are more threats to cricket than terrorism. If the PCB’s issues are not being taken care of, than the future is dark.
Q5: Being a minority in Pakistan, what kind of life you have?
I live in a cosmopolitan city of Pakistan. Karachi is as urban as Mumbai. I am a minority among a minority group. I was born to a middle class a Gujarati family that migrated to Karachi from Surat around 110 years ago. As you know, as typical Gujarati’s who are away from Gujarat just mind their own business. The same way, my family was busy with its own thing and raising a family in a perfect Gujarati Sanskar and Sanskriti. My upbringing was mostly among the kids of the well to do family. Thus, I did not face much problem. Only cricket ground, my school, my sweet home, temple, and my family was my life. I did not pay much attention to other things until the middle of my career. In general, life have been great so far.
Q6: What do you think about BCCI?
BCCI has transformed the game of cricket in India and outside of India. In few words, BCCI does not let its players die empty stomach.
Q7: What do you think about IPL? Would you play if you were given a chance?
IPL is a great cricket game gifted by BCCI to the world. It is simply remarkable. I would definitely like to play for IPL if I were given a chance. Being a Gujju, I should be given a chance to play for a Gujarat Lions (Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha…). Definitely, I am ready for it.
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