Every day a new statement is emerging on the revelations of former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who had said his teammates could not tolerate Danish Kaneria because he was a Hindu. Now former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has broken the silence on the issue. The former captain, who Imran Khan had once said batted better than Sachin Tendulkar, wondered how he could let his team members discriminate against a Hindu when he gladly received and ate food sent by Sourav Ganguly.
Inzamam has said that such things did not come to his notice when Kaneria played under his captaincy. Inzamam’s statement was tweeted on social media by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq.
Akhtar had said in his statements that Kaneria received step-brotherly treatment in the Pakistani team because he was a Hindu. Many of their mates did not even eat with him.
According to Inzamam’s statement posted by Sadiq, the former captain said he was the captain under whom Kaneria played cricket the most, but he never felt that there was such an issue in his team that any player treated another player badly if the latter was not a Muslim. Inzamam said he never noticed a single example of this in his team.
Sadiq quoted Inzamam as saying, “I am not ready to accept Danish Kaneria that we have such small hearts, that we would do a thing like this and that we didn’t accept someone. I think Pakistanis have big hearts and we can accept everyone in our hearts.”
The journalist said, citing the former captain of the Pakistani cricket team, that Danish Kaneria was preferred to Mushtaq Ahmed although the latter was a Muslim. “We went on many tours, like the players of India and Pakistan used to stay in the same hotel in Sharjah and I have seen many times the players joking around in each other’s room. From both sides, I have never seen anyone eating together.”
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had alleged on 26 December that some Pakistani cricketers used to treat in a shoddy manner his colleague Danish Kaneria. They did not even eat with him as he was a Hindu, Akhtar claimed.
The next day, equivocating over the issue, Kaneria sought financial assistance from the Pakistan government by appealing to Prime Minister Imran Khan who used to be a star Pakistan cricketer in the period 1969-92.