Former Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria has revealed details about the discrimination he faced during his playing days as a Pakistani Hindu, asserting that Shahid Afridi attempted to forcibly convert him to Islam. Kaneria has made allegations against Afridi, claiming that Afridi urged him to abandon Hinduism and embrace Islam. He also mentioned that Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhtar were the only two Pakistani players who offered him support.
Speaking about his experiences, Kaneria stated, “Shahid Afridi troubled me a lot during my playing days. Afridi and others would not eat with me. Shahid Afridi tried forcing me to convert to Islam. Inzamam-ul-Haq and Shoaib Akhtar were the only people who supported me.”
Kaneria further alleged that while several players charged with spot-fixing received support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), he did not receive similar backing due to his religious beliefs. He claimed, “I was charged with spot-fixing during my county stint. I admitted that I only met a bookie and that was it. But they pressured me to accept the charges. The PCB didn’t support me because I was a Hindu. They were scared that if I continued to play, I would break their records.”
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