Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had revealed during a chat show that Danish Kaneria was treated unfairly by his Pakistani teammates because he was a Hindu
Danish Kaneria (Reuters Photo)
- Danish Kaneria said former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq always supported his cricketing abilties
- Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had revealed Kaneria was mistreated by his Pakistani teammates for being Hindu
- Kaneria is the second Hindu to represent the Pakistani cricket team
Danish Kaneria has conceded to Shoaib Akhtar’s claims that he was mistreated by his Pakistani teammates for being a Hindu but also revealed that he always had the support of his then skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq and few other players.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar had revealed during a chat show that Danish Kaneria was treated unfairly by his Pakistani teammates because he was a Hindu and even barred the spinner from picking up food from the same table as others because of his faith.
Talking to India Today in an exclusive interview, Danish said he was thankful to Shoaib Akhtar for bringing out the truth in front of the world.
“Shoaib Akhtar has always been very blunt. I did not have the courage to speak about it but Shoiab bhai spoke about. I am proud that I have played for Pakistan and I have achieved so much against all the odds,” Danish said.
“But I would like to add that Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf (formerly Yousuf Youhan),Younis Khan and Shoaib Akhtar always supported me for my cricketing abilities. I had never had any issues from their sides. I would like to clear this thing.”
Danish Kaneria is the second Hindu to represent the Pakistani cricket team after Anil Dalpat and is fourth on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for Pakistan.
Danish , who had 261 Test wickets and 15 ODI scalps, also said it would be better if Shoaib himself could name the people who treated the spinner unfairly.
“If Shoaib bhai says something then it is really valued and believed and I would like to thank him for saying this and revealing this. If Shoaib bhai himself could reveal the names who discriminated against me then it would be better or time will come when everything will come out openly.”
“I have belief on God and these things do not matter to me.”
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