Danish Kaneria, former Pakistan leg-spinner, has approached the Pakistan Cricket Board [PCB] to seek their permission to play domestic cricket.
Kaneria, who last played for Pakistan in 2010, is currently serving a life-time ban, imposed by the PCB for his involvement in spot-fixing in County cricket.
The most successful leg-spinner in the history of Pakistan Test cricket, Kaneria has requested the PCB to write a letter to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit Chairman to let him play domestic tournaments.
The letter addressed to PCB chief Ehsan Mani states that Kaneria has “suffered unimaginable and incomprehensible hardships, both professionally and personally” and “his sole source of income has vastly been affected”.
“PCB has the authority to write to the Chairman ACU thereof making a request at the behest of our client to grant him permission to play and participate in domestic cricket, or any related activity thereof,” the letter read.
Danish Kaneria had previously accused PCB of not backing him fully
The letter further states that Danish Kaneria has shown his willingness to participate in an educational or rehabilitation program before making a comeback to domestic cricket.
“In light of the above submissions, you are hereby requested to exercise the power given to you under the Code and address the Chairman ACU to grant our Client permission to participate in domestic cricket or activities related thereof as our Client is willing to undergo any and all programs as the same are willing and cooperate to the best of his abilities,” the letter concluded.
Danish Kaneria has been in the news for some time now. Whether it is a tussle with former teammates in Inzamam Ul Haq and Faisal Iqbal over a sledging incident in the past or Shoaib Akhtar’s claims that no Pakistani cricketer used to eat with Kaneria since he is a Hindu or his own allegations against the Pakistan Cricket Board of not supporting him fully after the spot-fixing scandal, Kaneria has been in the spotlight. The former leg-spinner will be hoping that the PCB take cognizance of his request and allow him to play domestic cricket.