Kaneria, solely the second Hindu to play for Pakistan after his maternal uncle Anil Dalpat, took 261 wickets in 61 Exams at a median of 34.79. He additionally performed 18 ODIs.
Akhtar made the revelation throughout a present referred to as “Sport on Hai” aired on PTV Sports activities.
“In my profession I fought with two three (within the group) after they began speaking on regionalism. Issues like ‘who’s from Karachi, Punjab or Peshawar’, that used to infuriate. So what if somebody is a Hindu, he’s doing properly for the group.
“They used to say ‘sir ye yaaha se khaana kaise le raha hain'(how is he taking meals from this place)?” stated the 44-year-old, who performed 46 Exams and 163 ODIs.
“The identical Hindu received the Check for us in opposition to England. If he takes a bagful of wickets for Pakistan, he ought to play. We couldn’t have received the collection with out Kaneria’s effort. However not many gave him credit score for that,” stated Akhtar.
Kaneria, now 39, was discovered responsible of spot-fixing alongside Mervyn Westfield whereas taking part in for Essex in opposition to Durham in 2009.
The leg-spinner was discovered to have satisfied Westfield to concede 12 runs throughout the one-day sport. Westfield was handed a four-month jail sentence and ECB banned him for 5 years.
Kaneria admitted to spot-fixing in 2018 after six years of denial.