Pakistan’s banned spinner Danish Kaneria planning to settle down in India?

One of the only two Hindus to have ever played cricket for Pakistan, banned leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is suddenly hitting the headlines. On Sunday night, Kaneria, along with his mother, wife and children left Pakistan and came down to India. There is an air of mystery around his sudden departure from the country of his birth and the speculations are rife that he may be here to seek a livelihood and settle down. Currently, the Kanerias are in Kochi. ALSO READ: “I am suffering because I am a Hindu, a minority in Pakistan,” says Danish Kaneria.

It is notable here that Kaneria had said some time back that he would have got justice in India being a Hindu. The beleaguered spinner has been long fighting with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) over the life-ban imposed on him in 2012 by the latter for being involved into spot-fixing. He has since lost two appeals for the removal of ban and has been reportedly fed up of the non-cooperation by the PCB on the matter. He had written to the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif too to look into the matter but has not heard back from him. ALSO READ: Danish Kaneria: 7 facts about Pakistan’s most prolific Test spinner.

While the news has set the rumour mills churning, Kaneria’s brother Vicky, who works for an oil company in Karachi, has denied any such development saying the family has gone for a 10-day visit to perform some religious rituals. Danish himself denied any such development. “My family is in India to perform some religious rituals which will take around 10-days. Our return dates are not confirmed as yet,” Kaneria was quoted as saying to a television channel from India by PTI. ALSO READ: Why shun Danish Kaneria, cricket?

Kaneria, who has made 61 Test appearances for Pakistan, had earlier said that even though his involvement is yet to be proven in a court of law, the PCB and the ECB have kept the life ban on him and stopped him from earning his livelihood. This statement gives more fodder to the rumours of his family settling down in India for a livelihood. The fact that many Hindu families have migrated to India in past few years due to atrocities in Pakistan also strengthen the rumours.