ISLAMABAD: Banned cricketer Danish Kaneria on Monday appealed to the Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan Cricket Board (the prime minister) to help him play international and domestic cricket as has been allowed to a former “Trio” convicted in 2010 of spot-fixing during Pakistan tour to England.
Kaneria, who was life-banned by the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in June 2012, said he had written a letter to the PM and a number of Federal Ministers, appealing to them to help lift the “unjust match-fixing ban” imposed by ECB and PCB on him.
He said ECB banned him from playing cricket based on the mere false statements of the convicted English Country cricketer, Mervyn Westfield.
He said besides the Patron-in-Chief, he had also written letters to Federal Ministers for Interior, Human Rights, Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Inter-provincial Coordination and Religious Affairs etc.
“Being a Pakistani it is my right to play for my country but the PCB is doing injustice with me”, Kaneria. “Cricket is my bread and butter so how can I survive without it,” he said.
“At one side the PCB allows the players who were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play cricket after the completion of their punishments but what about me. I was never even banned by the ICC,” he questioned.
Leg-spinner Kaneria, 35, who has represented Pakistan in 61 Tests, said PCB had never supported or assisted him and has treated him like an alien.
“PCB allowed the trio of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir to play domestic and international cricket. Even the ECB has allowed Westfield to play. Then why only I am being targeted,” said the cricketer.
He said that he had never been arrested, convicted, or jailed by any government authority of the United Kingdom. “I have always played for Pakistan and in English County Cricket with all honesty and integrity,” he said.