PCB Plays Double Standards Says Danish Kaneria
Former Pakistani spinning player Danish Kaneria, who has been trying to lift his life ban by fixing the place, said Thursday that PCB decision to reduce Umar Akmal’s suspension for failing to report corrupt approaches smells like PCB Plays double standards.
People like Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt, who were also found guilty of punctual reparations like Kaneria, were allowed to return to the PCB fold. In fact, Amir is a regular member of the national team.
“You call it a zero-tolerance policy for corruption. Umar was found guilty but his ban has still been cut in half. They showed compassion in his case. Amir, Asif, Salman were also able to return, why leave me out? he asked as he spoke to PTI.
“Why don’t they show the same compassion in my case? They say that I speak about my religion (he is Hindu), but what do I say when discrimination is crystal clear? I’m just following simple logic, “he said from Karachi.
Independent Judge Faqir Mohammad Khokhar stated in his order on Tuesday that the case against Akmal was tried to the end, but reduced the sentence from three years to 18 months for compassion.
“Umar has been involved in controversies for most of his career due to disciplinary problems. If there is sympathy for him, where is the same sympathy for me? Did you bribe someone to do this? Kaneria asked, which was banned by the ECB in 2012.
“They say I play the religion card. You tell me which Hindu player has played for Pakistan after me. None. All these years they did not find a Hindu who was good enough. I find it hard to believe, “said the 39-year-old, who is the second Hindu to play for Pakistan.
Kaneria took 261 wickets in 61 Tests, the most for a roulette wheel in Pakistan’s cricket history.
In June, he called on the PCB to lift the life ban that was imposed on him in 2013. However, the PCB responded by asking him to approach the ECB to revoke its ban.
“Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, which is applicable in this case, clearly states that only the president of the anti-corruption court, who has imposed a period of ineligibility on a player, had the discretion to allow the player to participate (in the club or home cricket), ”said the PCB earlier this month.
As such, it is advised to approach the ECB under Article 6.8 of the ECB Anti-Corruption Code, ”he said.
The PCB imposed the punishment on Kaneria after she lost an appeal on the ECB-imposed ban on life in 2012.
The leg shooter was found guilty of fixing points alongside Mervyn Westfield while playing for English Essex County against Durham in 2009.