For humanity’s sake: Danish Kaneria pleads for lifting of lifetime ban on him:
After six years of denial, In 2018, Danish Kaneria admitted to spot-fixing in 2009 and had also apologized to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix.
Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has said that he regrets spot-fixing in 2009 he has already paid a big price for that so the restrictions on him should be lifted now so that he could start fresh.
After six years of denial, In 2018, Kaneria admitted to spot-fixing in 2009 and had also apologized to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix.
“I regret it a lot. The regret is that had I informed the authorities that time then today this would not be happening,” Kaneria told Sports Tak talking about his role in the spot-fixing incident.
Two years back, Kaneria admitted have pressured Westfield – who was handed a four-month prison sentence – into agreeing to concede 12 runs during an over of a one-day game for Essex against Durham in 2009.
Kaneria was banned for life and described by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who also banned Westfield for five years.
“I did a mistake and I pleaded guilty. I have paid for the mistake. My international career got ruined but now, at least for humanity’s sake, I ask to lift up the restrictions on me so that I could take the art of leg-spin forward. I regret it but now I want to do something that people could remember always,” Kaneria said.
“What was done was wrong and should not have done that. It was a mistake and the consequences have been big.”
Danish Kaneria is fourth on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for Pakistan, behind only fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Imran Khan.
The leg-spinner said he has no other source of livelhood and thus gave started a Youtube channel.
“I do not have any job. I used to go on news shows earlier, but the big Pakistan news channels have not paid my dues. I can just request them to pay. Now the channels have gone against me. So, now I have started my new YouTube channel. Do not have a team as of now. My elder brother has been taking care of family and finances.”