Karachi: Banned spinner Danish Kaneria says he is frustrated at being isolated and victimised in Pakistan cricket but there should not be any doubt about his integrity as a Pakistani just because he feels BCCI can help him.
Kaneria wants BCCI to connect him to ICC so that he can get his ban lifted, imposed on him for his alleged role in spot-fixing in County cricket.
“I don’t want to make any comments but things have been overstated, misinterpreted in the Indian media. Yes I am very frustrated, hurt and against the wall but I remain a Pakistani,” Kaneria told PTI.
His elder brother Vicky insisted that the Kaneria family would never try to do anything that would undermine the Pakistan Board or cricket.
“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.
Kaneria, 35, was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board in 2012 on charges of trying to entice some of his teammates at Essex County to spot fix matches on behalf of an Indian bookmaker.
No help from PCB
Kaneria, who has denied his involvement in spot-fixing, also filed two appeals with the ECB tribunal and commercial court in UK but in both cases his appeals were dismissed.
To make matters worse the ECB has now filed a petition in the Sindh High Court seeking a court order that his property and other assets be sold for recovery of the costs of the spot-fixing case that the ECB incurred.
Vicky said that Danish had become more frustrated after seeing the treatment meted out by the PCB to other players who had admitted to fixing.
“You can imagine how he feels watching Mohammad Amir back in the Pakistan team when in 2010 Danish was on tour with them in England and witnessed all that happened there,” Vicky said.
Danish said he just wanted one final chance to prove his innocence in a proper court or before a tribunal of the PCB or International Cricket Council.
“What surprises me is the way my case has been put aside after the life ban was imposed on me,” Kaneria said.