ECB forced PCB to ignore my case: Kaneria
ISLAMABAD: Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Tuesday lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are not pursuing his case because of them.
“The ECB had forced the PCB to not look into my case, despite no proof against me,” said Kaneria while talking to APP.
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Kaneria also criticised ECB for its special treatment to Mervyn Westfield which clearly shows its bias and unjust attitude towards him.
The 35-year-old, who has played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, got embroiled in a spot-fixing controversy while playing for the English county Essex.
The tainted spinner has a decent Test record as he picked 261 wickets at an average of 34.79 in 61 matches.
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The ECB anti-corruption tribunal slapped a life ban on Kaneria in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on the spot-fixing charges.
He further said that because of ECB he could not remain associated with his bread and butter that is cricket.
“Some people in the PCB did not like me and treated me as an alien as I was progressing in the game,” he said.
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He said the PCB also had a biased attitude towards him as they allowed the convicted trio of Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif to resume cricket, but not him.
Kaneria had also appealed for help from the Prime Minister and federal ministers but he has yet to receive a reply from the government’s side.