PCB stops Kaneria from touring Dubai to join Pak Test squad

Karachi: Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has been stopped by the Pakistan Cricket Board from going to Dubai to join the national team for the two Test matches against South Africa starting from November 12.

Danish was scheduled to leave for Dubai with Muhammad Sami from Karachi as were Muhammad Yousuf, Taufiq Umar and Azhar Ali from Lahore in the early hours on Sunday.

But as he was preparing to leave for the airport, Danish was told by the PCB to remain in Karachi till further orders.

“I don’t know why they have stopped me from going to Dubai. I just got a call late night from a PCB official that I should not leave for Dubai and that they will call me on Sunday and let me know the reason,” Danish said.

A PCB official said while he could confirm that the leg-spinner had been told not to leave for Dubai at the moment he could not give the reasons for the decision.

“We will update the media in due course of time,” he added.

The PCB’s decision has led to speculations that the reason behind the move could be the fact that Danish was cleared in a spot fixing investigation by Essex police in late September while he was playing in English county cricket.

The Essex police investigated and questioned Kaneria and his teammate, Marvyn Westfield and while the latter was charged with conspiracy to defraud bookmakers, the Pakistani spinner was cleared from all charges.

Sources said the PCB decision had to do something with disciplinary issues as Danish was a certainty to play in the Test matches.

Danish was abruptly released by team management from the Pakistan Test squad in England in the middle of the series against England leading to lot of criticism from former players.


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