Basit Ali asks Shoaib Akhtar to name those who discriminated against Danish Kaneria
NEW DELHI: former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has asked former bowler fast Shoaib Akhtar to name the players that Akhtar claimed to discriminate against spinner Danish Kaneria because he is hindu
Basit's comments came after Akhtar said on a television show in Pakistan that some Pakistani cricketers refused to eat with Kaneria, who was not given due credit and discriminated against him because of his religion.
Kaneria, whose full name is Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria, was only the second Hindu cricketer in the history of Pakistan cricket . Anil Dalpat, who by the way is an uncle of Kaneria, was a wicketkeeper who represented Pakistan in the 1980s.
Kaneria, who was a leg spinner and played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan from 2000 to 2010, in fact, confirmed Shoaib's allegations, pointing out that some players like Shoaib Akhtar, Inzamam Ul Haq Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf were the ones who supported him and did not discriminate against him. He also said he will soon reveal the names of cricketers who discriminated against him because of his religion on his YouTube channel. But since then, according to reports, he has eluded questions on this subject.
I am surprised that Kaneria is saying that she will reveal the names later. Shoaib does not need advertising. It has been a fan favorite and always will be. It does not need fame. But Shoaib should reveal the names of the players, Basit told Timesofindia.com in an exclusive interview from Pakistan.
Kaneria made her international debut in 2000 in a test match against England in Faisalabad and went on to play 61 tests for her country. He also represented Pakistan in 18 ODI. Kaneria, in fact, is the fourth in the list of bowlers who have taken most of the test wickets for Pakistan. It is behind the fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan .
Something like this (religion based discrimination) never happened in my game days, Basit added.
That in fact is a sentiment that was echoed by Inzamam Ul Haq as well. The former Pakistan captain, who Kaneria played most of his international cricket under refuted Akhtar and Kaneria's claims, saying, as captain he never felt there was any discrimination against any player in the team.
Meanwhile, Basit, while talking with TimesofIndia.com, recalled an incident in the final of the Austral-Asia Cup between India and Pakistan in Sharjah in 1994. Pakistan won the final by 39 races. Basit scored 57 of 58 balls, including three four and two six in the game before being thrown by Javagal Srinath.
I will give you an important example. It was the final of the Australia-Asia Cup between India and Pakistan in Sharjah. Atul Bedade of India was after Pakistan's bowlers, especially Saleem Malik and Akram Raza in that match. It was wet in Sharjah. Then Atul, after playing a shot, signaled his dressing room for water. When Atul finished drinking, I said ' Atul, mujhe bhi dena thoda paani '(Atul, please give me some water too). He gave me the bottle and I drank from it, Basit recalled.
So how is it that there is Hindu and Muslim discrimination? Atul could have denied me the water, but he didn't. We should all respect the sport. I never saw discrimination in my game days, Basit, who played 19 tests and 50 ODIs for Pakistan told TimesofIndia.com.
"Did I become a Hindu or Atul a Muslim after drinking that water? This is sport, let it be sport," the former Pakistan cricket er signed off.