“I am dying. It is because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan”

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Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has made a desperate plea to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requesting for one last hearing on his spot-fixing case which resulted in a life ban.

“It will save me, my life, and whatever cricket is left in me. I am living on my last savings. I do not know how long I will survive. I can even teach young Indians the art of spin, can’t I? Why can’t they call me? I am one of them,” said Kaneria.

While speaking to Mid-Day, Kaneria said that he had exhausted all options at his disposal and was being subjected to ill-treatment in Pakistan because of being Hindu.

He said, “Every avenue has dried up for me in Pakistan; I seem to have no takers for my appeals from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). I am dying. It is because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan. It is because I refused to admit my involvement in spot-fixing when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged me. I want to be heard, is it very difficult to hear me out?”

Kaneria said that the ICC chief executive Dave Richardson had told him about his helplessness because the world body had acted on the advice of the ECB.

He said, “I told him he was biased, many have been pardoned, why not me,” questioned Kaneria. “The Scotland Yard found no evidence against me; the ECB reacted on the basis of the confessions of one cricketer. Look at the way the PCB has handled Mohammad Amir’s case. What about me? Isn’t that unfair?”

Kaneria has taken 261 wicket for Pakistan in 61 Tests.

He said that he had been living a life which resembled a house arrest and the BCCI was now his only hope towards an honourable exit.

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