Danish Kaneria responds to allegations of mistreatment made by Shoaib Akhtar at a recent sports show.
In a statement, former leg spinner has also revealed that his life is “not in a good shape” and urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and “other countries” to get him “out of the mess”.
By taking to social media, Kaneria posted his written statement, with a caption saying, “Whatever @shoaib100mph said in his interview is true. But at the same time, I am thankful to all great players who supported me wholeheartedly as a cricketer. I personally request all not to politicise the issue”.
Whatever @shoaib100mph said in his interview is true. But at the same time, i am thankful to all great players who supported me wholeheartedly as a cricketer. I personally request all not to politicise the issue. Here is my statement: pic.twitter.com/8vN3Kilm4W
— Danish Kaneria (@DanishKaneria61) December 26, 2019
“Today, I saw the interview of the legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar. I personally thank him for telling the truth. At the same time, I am grateful to all the players who supported me wholeheartedly as a cricketer. Also thankful to media, genuine cricket administrators, and citizens of Pakistan who supported me regardless of my religious affiliation,” he said.
“There were certain elements in the society who opposed. However, the opposition could not sustain against the people who loved me. I always remained positive in life and ignored such opposition,” the leg-spinner added.
The 39-year-old was suspended from cricket in 2012 for fixing allegations, further said that he approached many individuals in Pakistan to get his issues resolved, but his efforts went in vain.
“At the same time, my life is not in good shape and I approached many individuals in Pakistan and around the world to resolve my issues. Yet, I have not received any help. Issues of many cricketers of Pakistan have been resolved though.”
“I gave everything possible for Pakistan as a cricketer and I am very proud of it. And in the hour of need, I am positive that the people of Pakistan will help me.
“I need support from all legendary players of Pakistan including honourable Prime Minister Imran Khan, cricket administrators of Pakistan and other countries to get me out of the mess. Please come forward and help me out”, the statement further reads.
Kaneria played for Pakistan between 2000 and 2010, is only the second Hindu player to play for the national team. The first was Anil Dalpat, incidentally, Kaneria’s uncle was a wicketkeeper who played in the 1980s.
With 261 wickets in 62 Tests, the leggie remains one of Pakistan’s best spinners. He is fourth in the list of bowlers who have taken most Test wickets for Pakistan.