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Pakistan players treated Danish Kaneria unfairly, says Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan players treated Danish Kaneria unfairly, says Shoaib Akhtar

– Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said cricketer Danish Kaneria was treated differently in the team because he was a Hindu during their playing days.

"In my career, the number of times I have had to argue with people regarding the issues of Karachi, Punjab, Peshawar is outrageous. People used to ask questions like,  Why are you eating (with us) here?  to Hindu players like Danish Kaneria," Akhtar said.

"I used to reply to those players,  How would you feel if I took your food from your house and forced to make you eat outside? " he said.

Akhtar added that he used to be enraged by his teammates  behaviour when they refused to break bread with Kaneria because of his religion and did not give him due credit for his performances.

"I used to get very angry when anyone was discriminated on the basis of region or religion. A Hindu born in Pakistan is entitled to represent his country. When that Hindu (Kaneria) won us the Test series against England (in 2005), I was upset with my teammates for mistreating him," said the celebrated former pacer.