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Danish Kaneria reaching out to BCCI: ‘Frustrated, but I’m a proud Pakistani’

Danish Kaneria was banned for life by ECB in 2012 on charges of trying to entice some of his Essex teammates to spot fix matches.

By: PTI |
Updated: January 22, 2016 12:55:04 pm

Banned Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday denied media reports that he wanted to seek help of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) to take up his case with the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“This report is misleading. I did speak to an Indian reporter but I have been misinterpreted and I have no intention to seek any help from the BCCI for a fresh review of my case,” Kaneria told PTI.

He said he was frustrated and felt victimised in Pakistan cricket but has no intentions of going to any Indian forum.

“Yes I am very frustrated, hurt and against the wall but I remain a proud Pakistani. I just want to know what real evidence is there to ban me for life and why has the Pakistan board put my case aside,” Kaneria said.

“No matter what happens why would I approach any other country for help. I can only again appeal to the PCB to give me a chance.”

Kaneria, 35, was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012 on charges of trying to entice some of his teammates at Essex county to spot fix matches on behalf of a Indian bookmaker.

Kaneria, who has denied his involvement in spot fixing, also filed two appeals with the ECB tribunal and commercial court in UK but in both cases his appeals were dismissed.

To make matters worse the ECB has now filed a petition in the Sindh High Court seeking a court order that his property and other assets be sold for recovery of the costs of the spot fixing case that the ECB incurred.

A report in the Indian media on Thursday quoted him as saying that he was being victimised since he was a minority Hindu in Pakistan and he would request BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur to ask President Shashank Manohar to take up the matter with the ICC board.

His elder brother Vicky also insisted that there were no plans to seek help from the Indian board.

“He has faced a bad situation since 2010 and he is frustrated and his financial affairs are very bad. He is managing because we live in a joint family system. But all his accounts remain frozen,” Vicky said.

He made it clear that the Kaneria family would never try to do anything that would undermine the Pakistan board or cricket.

Danish is only the second Hindu after Anil Dalpat to play for Pakistan and took 261 wickets in 62 matches.

Vicky said that Danish had become more frustrated after seeing the treatment meted out by the PCB to other players who had admitted to fixing.

“You can imagine how he feels watching Mohammad Amir back in the Pakistan team when in 2010 Danish was on tour with them in England and witnessed all that happened there,” Vicky said.

Danish said he just wanted one final chance to prove his innocence in a proper court or before a tribunal of the PCB or International Cricket Council.

“What surprises me is the way my case has been put aside after the life ban was imposed on me.”

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