Akhtar reveals why Kaneria was treated badly by his teammates
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar hit the headlines for breaking the silence on how his teammate Danish Kaneria was treated unfairly by previous teammates. Akhtar had alleged that his leg-spinner Danish Kaneria faced discrimination at the hands of a few unknown Pakistani cricketers, who hesitated to even eat with him just because of the fact that he was a Hindu.
This is totally unacceptable. While cricket is seen as a religion in India, it doesn’t seem to the same thing in Pakistan. It has been learnt that Danish Kaneria was the only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle by the name of Anil Dalpat featured for the country. In his playing career, he took 261 wickets in 61 Tests at an average of 34.79 and had also played 18 ODIs.
Shoaib Akhtar disclosed it during a show called “Game on Hai” aired on PTV Sports. “In my career I fought with two three (in the team) when they started talking on regionalism. Things like ‘who is from Karachi, Punjab or Peshawar’, that used to infuriate. So what if someone is a Hindu, he is doing well for the team.
“They used to say ‘sir ye yaaha se khaana kaise le raha hain’(how is he taking food from this place)?” said Rawalpindi express.
“The same Hindu won the Test for us against England. If he is taking a bagful of wickets for Pakistan, he should play. We could not have won the series without Kaneria’s effort. But not many gave him credit for that,” added Akhtar.
The 39-year-old spinner Danish Kaneria was found guilty of spot-fixing alongside Mervyn Westfield while plying his trade for Essex against Durham in 2009.
The crafty leg-spinner was believed to have convinced Westfield to concede as many as 12 runs during the one-day game. Westfield was handed a 4-month prison sentence and England Cricket Board had banned him from playing cricket for five years. However, Danish Kaneria confessed to spot-fixing in the year 2018 after six years of denial.