Danish Kaneria refutes claims that he approached BCCI for help
Former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has brushed aside reports that suggested that he was seeking help from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to get his ban from international cricket revoked. Earlier in the day, there were reports that the 35-year-old was looking at the Indian cricket board as the only way he could get back to playing competitive cricket.
Speaking about the media reports, Kaneria said: "This report is misleading. I did speak to an Indian reporter but I have been misinterpreted and I have no intention to seek any help from the BCCI for a fresh review of my case."
Kaneria still a proud Pakistani despite frustration
He further went on to add that although he did feel victimised within Pakistan’s cricketing circles, he will not seek any help from boards of other countries.
"Yes I am very frustrated, hurt and against the wall but I remain a proud Pakistani. I just want to know what real evidence is there to ban me for life and why has the Pakistan board put my case aside. No matter what happens why would I approach any other country for help. I can only again appeal to the PCB to give me a chance," the Karachi-born cricketer said.
Kaneria was found guilty of spot-fixing while playing for English county side Essex and had ample evidence against him confirming the claims, which resulted in his life-ban. He has so far contested the ban thrice but all the hearings have gone against him.
Kaneria helped by living in a joint family
Vicky, Danish’s elder brother, backed the claims of his sibling and stated that the cricketer who made his international debut for Pakistan in 2000 has been struggling with his finances and is only able to manage his life as he lives in a joint family.
"He has faced a bad situation since 2010 and he is frustrated and his financial affairs are very bad. He is managing because we live in a joint family system. But all his accounts remain frozen," Vicky said.
During his international career, Kaneria played 61 Tests, picking up 261 wickets at an average of 34.79. His last Test came against England in 2010. He also represented Pakistan in 18 ODIs, with the last of his appearances in the format coming during the country’s disastrous outing at the 2007 World Cup.