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Justice for Kaneria

Updated Jul 12, 2013 07:29am


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THAT leg spinner Danish Kaneria is ‘deeply disappointed and disgusted’ with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)’s decision in rejecting his appeal against the life ban from cricket for his alleged role in inducing his former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield to deliberately underperform is understandable.

The incident relates to a 2009 match when Kaneria allegedly asked his colleague to concede a number of runs in return for money in a county match.

The Pakistani bowler was questioned by the Essex police but no charges were filed against him.

The ECB chairman, Giles Clarke, has asked Kaneria to make a clean breast of the matter.

On the contrary, Clarke should himself come clean on the issue by releasing all the details compiled by an independent body that has led to this severe punishment. This would certainly help the Pakistani public to know the pros and cons of the report and come to a rational conclusion.

In the absence of such details, the ECB decision will be looked upon with a certain degree of suspicion because Westfield has been let off lightly and he has been allowed to return to club cricket from next year, while the Pakistani bowler has been deprived of his livelihood as a professional cricketer.

One would not be wrong in saying that this decision smacks of racism and brings into question the British sense of justice and fair play.

To rub salt into his wounds, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) never played any positive role in defending Kaneria and he was left to fend for himself.

As the highest Test wicket-taker with 261 victims, Kaneria should have been given at least some moral support by the cricket board. Kaneria’s case is totally different from that of Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir who were all caught red-handed and duly punished.

The present PCB interim chief is urged to take up Kaneria’s case with the ECB so that he is at least allowed to compete in Pakistan’s domestic competition and earn a living from his trade.


Afridi’s selection

THE selection of Shahid Afridi for the WI tour is not at all on merit as claimed by the PCB.

Afridi’s performance over the last two years has been pathetic, both with bat and ball, domestically and internationally.

The logic for picking him for the tour on the basis of his familiarity with WI pitches does not hold water.

Is Shahid Afridi not familiar with Pakistani pitches where too his performance remained abysmal during the last two years?

His decision to retire from test cricket during a series and his antics of chewing the ball did not set a good example for others. Would any other cricket-playing country tolerate such behaviour from their players?

Indian cricket stalwarts such as Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan and Zaheer Khan, whose performance has been much better over the same period, have been dropped from the Indian cricket team.

As such, persisting with Shahid Afridi at the expense of younger and more disciplined all-rounders does not speak well of the selection committee.



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Comments (6) Closed

Tahir A Jul 12, 2013 08:28am

Hi Fawad Hashmy: If my memory serves me right, weren't the same suspicion of racism and question marks against British justice leveled during the Salman Butt/ Mohd Asif / Mohd Aamer episode?

And look what happened. We had to bury our heads in shame when it all came out in the wash. Be careful please.

pittman way Jul 12, 2013 08:29am

please do not pick Afridi on it's ethnicity but on merit and on that point he is no good, wasting tax payers money which they haven't got it.

Khota Jul 12, 2013 10:12am

Well - justice will be served - if not here then in the hereafter. Kaneria got his punishment - he deserved it - no ifs or buts about it. But Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammed Amir, all got their due share. But what about the others? Are only the Pakistanis are cheats? Or should be given punishment? This trio was not the first ones to do it, nor they are going to be the last ones. Did anyone remember about Hansjie Cronjie? He was just dropped off from the team and no jail. What about the story which leaked about Shane Warne and the younger Waugh? Who later claimed that they were just giving the weather information about the Indian pitches - as if they are more competent than the qualified staff in Indian Weather Bureau. And they were just let off completely. And the pair caught in the latest edition of IPL? Is it JUSTICE or JUST US?

chand Jul 12, 2013 12:24pm

Mr. Hashmey, when you accuse ECB of racism, it would be apt for you to remember that Westfield is of African descent.

a Jul 12, 2013 07:27pm

I could not agree more; Afridi's selection for WI tour is NOT on merits. He has lost steam and he should stop living in self denial.

Saeed Ahmed Jul 13, 2013 02:59am

@Farooq - Irfan Pathan & Zahir Khan have been dropped from Indian squad because of injuries & lack of physical fitness. Whereas, Sehwag, Gambhir & Yuvraj have been dropped from Indian squad for poor performance & poor fielding.