Cricket: Kaneria returns home to kill asylum speculation

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Ubaid Awan

North Carolina, USA: Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has returned to his hometown, Karachi – the port city of Pakistan – after spending three weeks in India. In his absence, it was speculated that Kaneria would seek asylum in India however, Kaneria refuted it as rumour and said his India visit, along with mother and wife, was to perform religious rituals only.

Danish Kaneria, the most successful Test spinner from Pakistan with 261 scalps, was banned for life by the English Cricket Board in 2012 for his role in the spot fixing incident took place at a county match in

Danish Kaneria was accused of luring in a young Essex county mate, Mervin Westfield into spot-fixing.

Kaneria, however, denies his involvement into the wrongdoing.

On the India trip, Danish Kaneria made a controversial remark, while talking to an Indian TV, that he was treated discriminately by the Pakistan Cricket Board for being a Hindu.

Kaneria was referring to the support, the PCB, extended to fast bowler, Muhammad Amir, who was jailed and banned for five years for his involvement in spot-fixing during a Test match between Pakistan and England in 2010.

Meanwhile, a source closed to Danish Kaneria claims he was misquoted in the media and will soon clarify his position before the local press.

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