Jul 292017
Younis Khan plays football alongside Brazilian coach Romildo Sanchez

KARACHI: Younis Khan, former captain of Pakistan Cricket team and the country’s highest Test scorer, participated in a football match along side fellow cricketers in Karachi on Saturday.Younis was joined by former teammates Tanvir Ahmed, Danish Kaneria, and Khurram Manzoor along with others. The cricketers took on a team led by Brazilian football coach Romildo Sanchez.Players from both teams – cricketers and footballers – showcased football skills in the 30-minute game, which was won by Romildo’s team after a nail biting contest. After scores were levelled 2-2 at the end of the second half, both teams scored seven goals each in the 10-penalty-kicks round, leading to a final face-off between the two captains, Younis and Romildo.The Pakistani cricketer was first to kick the ball, but missed the nets and then failed to block when Romildo took his turn.Sindh Sports Minister Sardar Mohammad Bakhsh Mahar also participated in the match, which marked the end of Romildo’s ten-day visit to Karachi.This wasn’t the first encounter between Younis and Romildo; they had met at an earlier event where they agreed to play a game of football.Younis said he was happy to play football, although it was a festival game. “Football is always good for fitness and I always loved this game,” he said.“Maradona is my all-time favorite,” he said when asked who he idolised in football. The former cricket captain said sports can bring people together and that he would love to teach cricket to his Brazilian counterpart.During his visit, Sanchez – who [Read More…]

Apr 202016

ISLAMABAD: Banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Tuesday lashed out at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are not pursuing his case because of them. “The ECB had forced the PCB to not look into my case, despite no proof against me,” said Kaneria while talking to APP. Kaneria’s alleged partner in crime makes comeback Kaneria also criticised ECB for its special treatment to Mervyn Westfield which clearly shows its bias and unjust attitude towards him. The 35-year-old, who has played 61 Tests and 18 ODIs for Pakistan, got embroiled in a spot-fixing controversy while playing for the English county Essex. The tainted spinner has a decent Test record as he picked 261 wickets at an average of 34.79 in 61 matches. SHC seeks Danish Kaneria’s bank account details The ECB anti-corruption tribunal slapped a life ban on Kaneria in 2012 and Westfield was jailed the same year and banned from professional cricket for five years and club cricket for three years on the spot-fixing charges. He further said that because of ECB he could not remain associated with his bread and butter that is cricket. “Some people in the PCB did not like me and treated me as an alien as I was progressing in the game,” he said. Kaneria’s life ban: I am being mistreated because I am Hindu He said the PCB also had a biased attitude towards him as they allowed the convicted trio of Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and [Read More…]

Jan 212016

Pakistan’s most prolific Test spinner Danish Kaneria has forwarded his plea to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in order to get one last hearing on his spot-fixing case which resulted in a life ban.“It will save me, my life, and whatever cricket is left in me,” said Kaneria. “I am living on my last savings. I do not know how long I will survive. I can even teach young Indians the art of spin, can’t I? Why can’t they call me? I am one of them.”ECB seeks Pakistan’s help in recovering $390,000 from KaneriaKaneria is only the second-ever Hindu to play for Pakistan at the highest level — the first was his wicket-keeping cousin Anil Dalpat — and was something of a poster-child for the country’s minorities until his ban.The 35-year-old believes he has exhausted all options in Pakistan and is being shunned aside only because he is a Hindu — a minority in the country.“Every avenue has dried up for me in Pakistan; I seem to have no takers for my appeals from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). I am dying,” said Kaneria. “It is because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan. It is because I refused to admit my involvement in spot-fixing when the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged me. I want to be heard, is it very difficult to hear me out?”The leg-spinner added that International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson told him that the world body [Read More…]

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