I was always degraded by Shahid Afridi, Pakistan spinner says

Danish Kaneria said he was always degraded by former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi

Danish Kaneria: “I was always degraded by Shahid Afridi”

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Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has claimed that he “was always degraded by Shahid Afridi”.

He noted that Afridi “used to keep me on the bench and didn’t let me play the one-day tournament” when they were representing the same department.

The 41-year-old also praised legendary Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for acknowledging that he was mistreated in the team since he was a Hindu.

“Shoaib Akhtar was the first person to talk about my problem in public. Hats off to him for saying it (how I was mistreated in the team because of being a Hindu),” Kaneria was quoted as saying by news18 according to Cricwick. However, he was later pressured by several authorities. He then stopped talking about it. But yes, it did happen to me.

“I was always degraded by Shahid Afridi. We used to play together for the same department, he used to keep me on the bench and didn’t let me play the one-day tournament.”

Meanwhile, the Pakistan team is currently playing a two-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan won the first Test by four wickets and will be looking to complete a 2-0 series whitewash in the second Test, which will get underway on July 24 in Galle.

Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah

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