Ignored Kaneria files letter to PCB

Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 21:58 PM IST

Karachi: In his bid to make a comeback to the national team, out of favour Pakistan leg spinner Danish Kaneria has filed a letter to the PCB seeking explanation about the cricket board`s decision to ignore him for the World Cup.

Kaneria, through his London-based lawyer, Stephen Hourigan, asked the PCB to fix up a meeting and sort out the issue of him getting a clearance to play for the national team.

"Until now my lawyer is still waiting for a response from them and we will send them a reminder again tomorrow," Kaneria who was not picked in the World Cup preliminary squad, said.

An official in the board confirmed that the legal advisor of the board, Tafazzul Rizvi, had received the letter from Kaneria`s lawyer on Friday.

"I asked my barrister to come to Karachi and he has already sent a letter to the PCB, requesting them to have a meeting on the issue," Kaneria said.

"The PCB sought details and I submitted all my accounts details. I have also sent the ICC`s letter to the board in which the governing body has cleared me of all charges," maintained Kaneria in a statement issued on Thursday.

"The way I was sidelined is not only damaging my career but also have an adverse effect on my reputation," he said.

Sources close to the leg spinner said that the PCB`s attitude towards Kaneria is also coming in his way of getting a county contract.

"His contract with Essex has ended and now Surrey have shown interest in signing him, but they want the PCB to issue him a NOC for this purpose which is not forthcoming as yet," the source said.

"That is why Kaneria has been forced to engage his lawyer to get his name cleared once and for all," the source added.