World Cup winner and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir has slammed Pakistan over the ill-treatment of Hindu cricketer Danish Kaneria during his playing days
New Delhi: Former India batsman Gautam Gambhir has condemned the ill-treatment meted out to ex-Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria by his team-mates over his religion.
Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani fast bowler, was the first to reveal how Kaneria was mistreated by his teammates in the Pakistan dressing room for being a Hindu.
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The spinner himself had confirmed that he indeed faced discrimination during his international career. Kaneria was the second Hindu player after Anil Dalpat to play for Pakistan.
Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP, reacted to the news and slammed Pakistan and said it showed the “actual face” of Pakistan.
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“This is the actual face of Pakistan. We had Mohammad Azharuddin as captain of our side and he captained us in 80-90 Test matches. This shows the reality of Pakistan, they have a sportsman (Imran Khan) as their Prime Minister, still, people in their country have to go through this. Kaneria played 60 (61 Tests) matches for Pakistan, and it is shameful,” Gambhir, who was part of the Indian teams that won 2007 World T20 title and 2011 World Cup trophy, said on Friday (December 27).
Kaneria, who played 61 Tests and took 261 wickets, said, “Today, I saw the TV interview of the legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar. I personally thank him for telling the truth to the world. At the same time, I am thankful to all great players who supported me wholeheartedly as a cricketer. Also thankful to media, genuine cricket administrators, and citizens of Pakistan who supported me regardless of my religious affiliation.”
The 39-year-old added, “There were certain elements in the society who opposed. However, their opposition could not sustain against the people who loved me. I always remained positive in life and ignored such opposition.
“At the same, my life is not in good shape and I approached many individuals in Pakistan and around the world to resolve my issues. Yet, I have not received any help. Issues of many cricketers of Pakistan have been resolved though. I gave everything possible for Pakistan as a cricketer and I am very proud of it. And I in the hour of need I am positive that the people of Pakistan will help.”
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