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Danish Kaneria was mistreated by team-mates because he was a Hindu: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar dropped a bombshell during a chat show claiming that Danish Kaneria, the former leg spinner from Pakistan, was mistreated by his team-mates because of his religion.

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 12: Danish Kaneria of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Tim McIntosh of New Zealand during day two of the Third Test match between New Zealand and Pakistan at McLean Park on December 12, 2009 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“I used to get livid when anyone was discriminated on the basis of region or religion. A Hindu born in Pakistan is entitled to represent his country. When that Hindu (Kaneria) won us the Test series against England (in 2005), I chided my team-mates for mistreating him,” he said.

He further stated that Kaneria was even prohibited to pick up food from the same table as others because of his religion. “Captain would raise eyebrows about he eating with us or taking the food from the same table. I told him that you could be the captain but your conduct is despicable. This guy (Kaneria) is chalking up so many wickets to win matches for us and you’re treating him like this,” he fumed.

“No one was giving Danish any credit for his exceptional performance. That was totally uncalled for. He won us the Test series against England (in 2005). He snared all the top-order batsmen,” the controversial speedster concluded.

Kaneria is among the handful Hindus to play international cricket for Pakistan. He featured in 61 Tests and was later banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his alleged involvement in spot fixing.