Former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali has urged Shoaib Akhtar to reveal the names of players who according to him discriminated against former leg-spinner Danish Kaneria after the Rawalpindi Express alleged that of his team-mates did not eat with the leggie since he was a Hindu.
In an televised interview in December 2019, Kaneria, who has featured in 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, had confirmed the allegations and said that only a few players like Akhtar, former skipper Inzamam Ul Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf had supported him.
“I am amazed that Kaneria is saying that he will reveal the names later. Shoaib doesn’t need any publicity. He has been a fan favourite and will always be. He doesn’t need any fame. But Shoaib should reveal the names of the players,” Basit was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“Something like this (discrimination based on religion) never happened in my playing days,” he added.
Later in December, Kaneria had even made fresh allegations against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the government saying that he was not offered any help after being banned from the sport.
Kaneria, who has scalped 261 Test wickets, was banned for life from any cricket under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after being found guilty of corruption by a disciplinary panel in relation to the spot-fixing case involving Mervyn Westfield.