As a player, Kaneria accused Afridi of bullying him and calling him a “liar, manipulator, and characterless person”.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has responded to severe claims made against him by former team-mate Danish Kaneria. Kaneria accused Afridi of mistreating him while he was a player, calling him a “liar”, “manipulator” and “characterless”. He also claimed Afridi forced him to convert to Islam because of his faith.
Rejecting the charges, Afridi said he only understood religion at the time, and Kaneria was “like my younger brother”. To obtain cheap fame and money, Afridi questioned Kaneria’s motives.
Shahid Afridi did not want me in Pakistan team: Danish Kaneria
Afridi questioned why Kaneria took so long to admit it if it happened. “If my attitude was bad then why he did not complain to the Pakistan Cricket Board or the department he was playing for. Interviewing our adversary can provoke religious sentiments.”
The Pakistan team did not want me: Danish Kaneria Kaneria had previously stated that Afridi did not want him on the Pakistan squad and that he “provoked” jealousy among other national team members.
In the team, he didn’t want me. He was a manipulator and a liar. But I was solely interested in cricket and ignored all these strategies. Only Shahid Afridi would go to other players and instigate them against me. He was envious of my performance. I am happy to represent Pakistan. “I thanked Kaneria.”
Kaneria took 261 wickets in 61 Tests for Pakistan. He took 15 wickets in 18 ODIs. The ECB suspended him in 2012 for alleged match-fixing in the English County Championship in 2009.