Karachi, July 9(ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board has not cleared leg-spinner Danish Kaneria to play for the country because he is hiding his involvement in ‘certain things’, PCB chief Ijaz Butt has said.
Kaneria was arrested last year on spot-fixing charges during a match against Durham in 2009, but was later released without being charged.
“He is involved in certain things, which unless he clarifies himself, and he has not done so far, he will not be considered (for selection),” the Daily Times quoted Butt, as saying in an interview to Geo Super.
Kaneria has filed a constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court against the PCB, accusing it of sidelining him.
Earlier this week, the SHC summoned the PCB on July 26, seeking its explanation on the petition filed by Kaneria for allegedly being snubbed by the national selectors.
The court also restrained the PCB from using derogatory remarks against Kaneria, terming him an asset to the country, and stated that he is innocent unless his guilt is proven.
During the interview, Butt also said that another under-suspicion cricketertr, Shoaib Malik, was also not cleared.
“We have a former Supreme Court judge in the integrity committee and he said that Malik is not speaking the truth. If he speaks the truth and cleared he can walk in the team as we need him in one-day matches,” the PCB chief said. (ANI)