Kaneria confident of comeback

Karachi: Unfazed by the Pakistan Cricket Board asking for his bank details, leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who celebrated his 30th birthday today, said he is confident of being cleared to play for the national team again.

Kaneria, only the second Hindu to play for Pakistan in Test matches, was summoned for a lengthy meeting by the Pakistan Cricket Board`s integrity committee yesterday regarding the decision to give him clearance to play for the national team again.

"It was a very fruitful and positive meeting and whatever the board has asked of them I am providing them those details. Now it is just a case of waiting for the board decision," Kaneria said.

The spinner, who with his 261 wickets in 61 Tests is the most successful Test spinner for Pakistan ahead of greats like Abdul Qadir, Iqbal Qasim, Saqlain Mushtaq and Mushtaq Ahmed, was stopped from joining the national team in Dubai last month for the Test series against South Africa.

Although he was named in the Test squad but on the eve of his departure he was told to remain here as the integrity committee had not given him clearance to play for the national team.

Kaneria confirmed that the board had asked him to submit details of his bank accounts and other assets and he had already provided them some yesterday.

"I am cooperating in every way and whatever they are asking I am and will provide them that. Obviously I am keen to get this stigma of clearance off my name and play for Pakistan again," he said.

Kaneria said he was content that the board had placed no limitations on him on playing domestic cricket.

"Playing in domestic cricket means I am fit and in form and ready to play for Pakistan anytime," he said.

The leg-spinner is also likely to play for Surrey in the coming English county season but his contract is yet to be signed.

For the last seven years, Kaneria has successfully represented Essex in the county championship but came under investigation by the police after allegations that he and another Essex player Mervyn Westfield were involved in spot fixing in a pro-40 match against Durham in the 2009 season.

Essex police eventually cleared Kaneria of any wrongdoing and on his insistence the International Cricket Council has also informed his lawyer in writing that there is no bar on him playing international or national cricket.