New Delhi: Discarded Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is visiting India with his family.
The leggie, along with his wife, children and mother flew to India on Sunday night and are currently said to be in Kochi.
Speculations are rife that Kaneria has come here seeking employment opportunity despite his claim that he is here just for some rituals.
“My family is in India to perform some religious rituals which will take around 10-days. Our return dates are not confirmed as yet,” Kaneria told a television channel from India.
His brother, Vicky Kaneria, who is in Karachi and employed with an oil campany also insisted it was a personal trip for religious purposes.
Fed up with the non-cooperation of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Danish had caused an uproar in Pakistani cricket circles when he said that if he had not been a Hindu his case would have been handled differently by the cricket board.
The banned leggie, who appeared in 61 Tests for Pakistan, was banned in 2012 by the England and Wales Cricket Board for life for spot-fixing and has since then also lost two appeals to have the ban overturned.
Earlier this year, it was also being said that he was seeking BCCI's help to take up his case with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
To make matters worse, the ECB has now filed a petition in the Sindh High Court seeking a court order that his property and other assets be sold for recovery of the costs of the spot fixing case that the ECB incurred.
Danish is only the second Hindu after Anil Dalpat to play for Pakistan and took 261 wickets in 62 matches.