Cricket: ‘Laziness, queries led to fixing accusations’

Published: April 12, 2012

Kaneria blasted Jabbar’s care-free approach to the matter. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

KARACHI: Laziness and post-match queries was what ‘convinced’ Karachi Zebras’ manager that his senior players – including captain Hasan Raza and former captain Danish Kaneria – were involved in wrongdoings in the team’s must-win match against Peshawar Panthers in the Super Eight T20 Cup.

Manager Saeed Jabbar was asked to prepare a report by the Karachi City Cricket Association (KCCA) following Zebras’ elimination from the contest.

“The body language of some players was very bad throughout the match and they hardly made an effort,” Jabbar told The Express Tribune. “After our loss, selectors and other people approached me and asked how can such a big team lose like that. We don’t have any evidence against anyone and I only suggested we set up an inquiry to clear things out.”

When asked if the repercussions of such grave allegations could ruin a player’s career, Jabbar said that some should not be playing Twenty20 cricket and several KCCA officials wanted to get rid of them due to the question marks over their commitment and ability.

Kaneria demands apology from KCCA

Meanwhile, Kaneria blasted Jabbar’s care-free approach to the matter. “Jabbar brought medicines for me before the match and knew I was unfit,” said Kaneria. “I want an official apology from the KCCA if this turns out to be baseless. If this was any other country, I would’ve dragged them to court.”

Raza was also annoyed by the association’s attitude who went ahead with the allegations without speaking to the captain. “I’m the captain and they should’ve asked me whether we failed in batting or bowling,” said Raza. “This drama has led to differences in the team and the KCCA is solely responsible.”

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Irtiza
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:06AM

    Look who is the captain of a T20 side, a person who can hardly hit a six.

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  • Umer
    Apr 12, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Kaneria should not be allowed to compete till the ECB hearing is over!

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  • vickram
    Apr 12, 2012 - 9:35PM

    How come no one is rushing to the defense of Kaneria ? How come no one is saying that he is innocent and there is some conspiracy ? The kind of support that normally pours in for any Pakistani who crosses the law……..is not forthcoming for this guy.

    What could be the reason ?

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  • MAD
    Apr 13, 2012 - 12:16PM

    @vickram: Not the one you think Vikram. There is the small matter of an ECB inquiry coming up. Kaneria has set off too many fires to allow him to get away clean completely clean from everything.

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