‘I think Pakistanis have big hearts’: Inzamam-ul-Haq has his say on Danish Kaneria’s discrimination claims
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq spoke about discrimination claims put forward by former cricketer Danish Kaneria. Inzamam said he never felt any such thing when the two played together for Pakistan. Inzamam’s comments were uploaded on social media in a series of Tweets by a Pakistan journalist. Inzamam’s comment came after former speedster Shoaib Akhtar claimed on country’s national television that some Pakistani cricketers refused to have food with Kaneria, who belonged to the minority Hindu community.
“The captain who Danish Kaneria played under the most was me and I never felt that there was any such thing in our team, that any player treats another player badly if he is a non-Muslim. I never noticed even a single example of any such thing in our team,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by the journalist.
After the revelations, many former and current cricketers spoke about the issue and one such person is former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad. He lashed out at former leg-spinner Kaneria, saying that he can claim anything for money and it is surprising that people are believing a cricketer who has been banned for corruption in cricket.
“What are they trying to achieve I don’t understand. But if you talk about Kaneria, he will say anything for money and he has no credibility left in cricket,” Miandad told PTI.
“How can you believe someone who is serving a life ban for corruption in cricket? Who let down his country? I was head coach of the Pakistan team in early 2000 and Kaneria was in the team and I don’t remember a single incident where there was ever any issue about his being a Hindu,” he added.
Miandad also stated that Danish Kaneria couldn’t have played for Pakistan if the country had bias towards its minority Hindu community.
“Pakistan has given him so much recognition and he played for 10 years in Test cricket. Would this have been possible if there was any issue over his religion”.