KARACHI: Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria is upset after Umar Akmal’s three-year suspension was reduced to 18 months from three years, saying zero-tolerance policy applies only on him and not others in Pakistan. Kaneria, who was given a life ban by English cricket chiefs that effectively applied worldwide, questioned the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over the lack of support and alleged that he was discriminated against because of his religion. Akmal’s three-year ban from cricket for failing to report a match-fixing approach was reduced to 18 months on appeal, meaning he can resume playing in August next year. Kaneria took to his official Twitter handle to express his frustration over the life-ban as he posted:
Kaneria maintains that he suffered unimaginable and incomprehensible hardships, both professionally and personally, and continues to suffer from each passing day. A desperate Kaneria, banned since 2012, wants to resume cricket activities to earn his livelihood but the PCB had said it can’t do much since the punishment was handed to him by the ECB. Earlier this month, PCB had advised banned Kaneria to approach the England Cricket Board (ECB) if he wants to resume playing club or domestic cricket.