Former Pakistan spinner Kaneria mocks PCB after Umar Akmal’s ban halved

Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria mocked PCB’s decision to cut down Umar Akmal’s suspension for failing to report corrupt approaches smacks of double standards. Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, who were found guilty of spot-fixing like Danish Kaneria, have been allowed to enter into the PCB fold.

Former Pakistan spinner Kaneria mocks PCB after Umar Akmal's ban halved
Danish Kaneria

Amir is a regular member of the national team. Unfortunately, things didn’t go down well for Danish Kaneria who has been trying very hard to get his life ban for spot-fixing lifted.

“You call it zero tolerance policy for corruption. Umar was proved guilty but still his ban has been halved. They showed compassion in his case. Amir, Asif, Salman too were allowed to come back, why leave me out?” he asked while talking to news agency PTI. “Why don’t they show the same compassion in my case? They say I talk about my religion (he is a Hindu) but what do I say when the discrimination is crystal clear. I am just going by simple logic,” he added from Karachi.

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“Zero Tolerance policy only apply on Danish Kaneria not on others,can anybody answer the reason why I get life ban not others,Are policy applies only on cast,colour and powerfull background.Iam Hindu and proud of it that’s my background and my dharam,” Danish Kaneria tweeted.

“Umar has been involved in controversy for the major part of his career due to disciplinary issues. If there is sympathy for him, where is the same sympathy for me? Did he bribe someone to get this done?” asked former Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who was banned by the England Cricket Board in 2012.

“They say I play the religion card. You tell me which Hindu player has played for Pakistan after me. No one. All these years they did not find one Hindu who was good enough. I find that hard to believe,” said Kaneria.

The 39-year-old who is only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan has bagged 261 wickets in 61 Test matches, which is the most by a spinner in Pakistan’s cricket history.

In June, Kaneria had appealed to the Pakistan Cricket Board to lift the life ban imposed on him in 2013. Nonetheless, the PCB replied by asking him to approach the England Cricket Board to get his ban revoked. “Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, which is applicable in this case, clearly states only the chair of the anti-corruption tribunal, which has imposed a period of ineligibility on a player, had the discretion to permit the player to participate (in club or domestic cricket),” the PCB said earlier this month.

“As such, you are advised to approach the ECB as per Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code,” it said. The PCB had imposed the punishment on Danish Kaneria after he had lost an appeal on the life ban slapped by the ECB in the year 2012. It was understood that the leg-spinner was found guilty of spot-fixing alongside Mervyn Westfield while plying his trade for English county Essex against Durham in 2009.

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