Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday condemned Danish Kaneria’s ‘anti PCB statement’ in India, reminding him that the ban on him was imposed by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The leg-spinner, who is in India these days, had said in an interview to the Indian news channel Aaj Tak that PCB is not taking any interest in his case which forces him to use the word “discrimination” and gives rise to the feeling that he is “neglected for being a Hindu”.
PCB Media Director Amjad Hussain said, “PCB condemns the statement Kaneria gave in India that he is facing discrimination because of being a Hindu”
“Kaneria must not forget that he played 62 Tests and 18 One Day Internationals for Pakistan as a Hindu and things changed only after he was banned by England and Wales Cricket Board,” Hussain said.
“According to ICC law, ban on a player by any cricketing board applies on all others.”
About Kaneria’s allegation that the tainted fast bowler, Muhammad Amir, was given more support by PCB than him, Hussain said, “Amir admitted his mistake, served his ban, completed his rehabilitation programme and only then he was allowed to represent Pakistan and play domestic cricket.”
“PCB went out of the way for Amir’s case, they support a criminal but not me, which is heartening,” Kaneria had said during his interview with the Indian news channel.
The leg spinner, however, made it clear that he has no plans to leave Pakistan and he loves his country.
Kaneria was accused of being involved in a spot-fixing scandal during England’s domestic Pro40 match in 2009.
According to Kaneria’s earlier statements, his involvement is yet to be proven in a court of law, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) still maintain their life ban on him.
He was accused for “prompting” Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield into spot-fixing.
The unorthodox leg-break bowler last played for Pakistan back in 2010 against England at Nottingham.