Danish Kaneria breaks her silence, says Shahid Afridi was always against her and ruined her career at ODI
NEW DELHI: Former spinner from Pakistan Danish kaneria on Saturday accused Shahid Afridi of treating him unfairly throughout his career and blaming him for a limited and brief departure.
Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle Anil Dalpat, took 261 wickets in 61 tests with an average of 34.79. However, he only played 18 ODI between 2000 and 2010.
Speaking to PTI from Karachi, the 39-year-old man said, beyond his religion, that it was difficult for him to think about the reason behind Afridi's discriminatory behavior.
He was always against me, when we were playing for the same department in domestic cricket or playing with me in ODIs. If a person is always against you and you are in that situation, what other reason would he think other than that (religion), Kaneria said when asked if he was a victim of religious discrimination.
Kaneria, who last year supported Shoaib Akhtar The claim that he was treated unfairly on the team due to his religion, he said he could have played more than 18 ODI if it wasn't for Afridi.
I couldn't play any more ODIs because of him and he also treated me unfairly when we used to play for the same department (in domestic cricket), he was the captain. I used to stay out of the team and often did the same thing at ODI for no reason.
He used to support others, but not me. Thanks to Almighty, I kept playing a lot for Pakistan and I couldn't be more proud of that.
Kaneria said he used to be a regular member of the ODI squads but was barely able to play, blaming Afridi again for that.
I was a leg spinner and so was he. That was another reason. He was a big star and he was playing for Pakistan anyway and to treat me like that I couldn't understand why.
They used to say that two spinners couldn't play eleven. They used to say that my fielding was a problem in limited overs cricket. Can you tell me who the supremely fit leaders were at the time? There were only one or two good fielders. Pakistan was never known to field anyway.
When I wasn't playing international cricket, I used to come back and kick me out of the departmental team.
Kaneria, who was found guilty of fixing points alongside Mervyn Westfield while playing for Essex County English against Durham in 2009, has been asking for PCB's help for a long time. You want to go back to the PCB game and serve the game again.
I don't want to play the religion card. All I want is PCB support. If they can allow Mohammad Aamir , Salman Butt back to the system, why not me?
Yes, I made a mistake, but others did too. They can't use and throw me away like toilet paper. I have served Pakistan for a long time and they should support me after all these years.
Kaneria played more under the captaincy of Inzamam-ul-Haq . Inzaman said and Younis Khan supported him more.
I played low Moin khan , Rashd Latif, Inzy bhai, Younish bhai. I played very little with Afridi. Inzy Bhai and Younis Bhai were very supportive and it is a fact.
However, Inzy Bhai does not speak positively of me in public, but I will always be grateful for her support. I flourished under him, Kaneria added.