Kaneria reacts to allegations of mistreatment due to religion
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar recently made the headlines when he spoke about how his former teammate Danish Kaneria was treated unfairly the dressing room. The Rawalpindi express explained the reason why Danish Kaneria was treated unfairly. He said Kaneria is a Hindu so his teammates didn’t treat him well. Danish Kaneria was only the second Hindu player after Anil Dalpat to ply his trade for Pakistan in international cricket.
In a chat show, Shoaib Akhtar made it clear that the players belonging to minority communities were treated harshly in the dressing room. He said that Danish Kaneria’s Pakistani teammate even stopped him from picking up food from the same table as others because of his faith.
“Captain would raise eyebrows about him eating with us or taking the food from the same table. I told him that you could be the captain but your conduct is despicable. This guy (Kaneria) is chalking up so many wickets to win matches for us and you’re treating him like this,” Shoaib Akhtar spoke on a cricket show named ‘Game on Hai’.
Akhtar also claimed that Danish Kaneria did not get any due credit for his good performances. Akhtar praised the ex-spinner for his exceptional performances, adding that if it were not for his stunning performance against England in 2005, Pakistan wouldn’t have won the series.
“I used to get livid when anyone was discriminated on the basis of region or religion. A Hindu born in Pakistan is entitled to represent his country. When that Hindu (Kaneria) won us the Test series against England (in 2005), I chided my team-mates for mistreating him,” Akhtar said.
Just hours after Shoaib Akhtar’s statement went viral on the internet, Danish Kaneria reacted to the news. The former spinner said that Akhtar was totally right about how he was treated by his former Pakistan teammates in his playing days. Danish Kaneria also took the statement to the next level by saying that he would not hesitate to reveal the names of the players who mistreated him because of his religion.
“Shoaib (Akhtar) has been a legend of the game. His words are also as blunt as his bowling. When I was playing I did not have the courage to speak on these matters but after Shoaib bhai’s comments, I do. He has always supported me and also Inzy bhai (Inzaman-ul-Haq), Mohammad Yusuf and Younis bhai,” he told news agency PTI.
“Those who did not support me, I will make their names public soon. Having said that, I feel fortunate and honoured that I got to play for Pakistan,” added Kaneria.