Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who has been banned for life from cricket, has said in his latest interview that he is barely surviving on his last income and seeks help from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The left armer was found guilty of spot-fixing during the English County league while playing for Essex. Kaneria has appealed three times ever since his ban, only to be turned down on each occasion.
Kaneria still feels he is innocent and deserves another chance, and this time, he is seeking the help of the rival Board of his parent Board. The player claims that he should get one last chance and therefore wants the BCCI to sync him back with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
“I am living on my last savings. I do not know how long I will survive. I can even teach young Indians the art of spin, can’t I? Why can’t they call me? I am one of them. Everything else has dried up for me in Pakistan, I seem to have no takers for my appeals from the PCB. I am dying”
Kaneria also raised a massive controversy by accusing the PCB of not helping him because he is a Hindu by religion.
“It is because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan. It is because I refused to admit my involvement in spot fixing when the ECB charged me. I want to be heard, is it very difficult to hear me out?”
Kaneria brought forth the case of Mohammad Amir, the left-arm fast bowler, who had also been banned for a 2010 spot-fixing case in England.
“The Scotland Yard found no evidence on me, the ECB reacted on the basis on confessions made by one cricketer. Look at the way PCB has handled Mohammad Amir’s case. What about me? Isn’t that unfair? But when reminded of the fact that Aamer had admitted his guilt and things proceeded afterwards, Kaneria said, “He did because he was involved, I didn’t because I was not, I was not, I was not. It’s almost like punishing me for introducing Mervyn Westfield to Anu Bhatt
They blamed me for everything, I was out of the national selection but still played domestic cricket in Pakistan. I am blamed, punished for a crime I have not committed. When I appealed against the ECB ruling, Westfield did not even testify and yet, ECB was relying on his statements. Isn’t this racism?
See what I have been reduced to by the ECB, ICC and PCB. I cannot play any cricket which falls under the ambit of PCB. I cannot visit a PCB ground, nor I can train at their facilities. I cannot even meet my former cricketer friends. It’s like living under house arrest”
Close sources tell that the 35 year old still regularly practices the game, and has pleaded to BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur to help him out.
“Only the BCCI can save me. The secretary should consider my case and urge the chairman to talk to the ICC.”