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Danish Kaneria says facing mistreatment for being a Hindu

Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria feels he is being mistreated in the spot-fixing case for being a Hindu.

The bowler has urged the Board of Cricket Control of India to consider one last hearing in the ban he is facing in spot-fixing case, reported the Mid-Day.

Kaneria has sent a letter to the BCCI in this regard.

In an interview with Mid-Day, he said “It will save me, my life, and whatever cricket is left in me,” said Kaneria. “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.”

A disciplinary panel of the ECB banned Kaneria in June 2012 after he was found guilty of corruption while playing for Essex in a limited-overs match in 2009 and imposed a fine of £100,000 on the cricketer.

He lost his second and final appeal against the penalty in August 2014.

The 35-year-old believes he has exhausted all options in Pakistan and is being shunned aside only because he is a Hindu — a minority in the country.

“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,” said Kaneria. “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?”

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