Will Pakistan's ace legspinner Danish Kaneria play for the national Test side again? Well, he certainly hopes so as he is cooperating with the Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee so that the latter might give him a clean chit.
As per the board's request, Kaneria handed it details of his bank accounts and other assets ahead of their meeting on Wednesday morning. "I am providing the board with whatever details they have asked for," Kaneria said. "Now it is just a case of waiting for their decision. Obviously I am keen to have this stigma off my name and play for Pakistan again."
Kaneria came under the scanner of the Essex police over allegations that he was involved in spot-fixing during a county game . He was released without being charged in September this year. But he apparently fell into disfavour with the PCB which stopped Kaneria at the last minute from joining the Test side for the series against South Africa last month. The development occurred despite the fact that he had been named in the original squad and attended the team's training camp. He was then also left out of the squad for the Test series in New Zealand, along with Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik, who have also not been cleared by the PCB.
Kaneria has taken 35 wickets in five matches at a staggering average of 18.02 in this domestic season's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He said he was glad the board had not barred him from playing domestic cricket. "Playing in domestic cricket means I am fit and in form and ready to play for Pakistan anytime." Kaneria has been a revelation for Pakistan, taking 261 wickets in his 61 Tests.
Pakistan have deferred the announcement of the squad for the ODI series in New Zealand as well as the 30 probables for the World Cup and have said they want to further consider the clearances of some of their players. So, Kaneria, Akmal and Shoiab stand a chance of making the two squads if they get cleared in time.