Danish Kaneria

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Danish Kaneria
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Personal information
Full name Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria
Born (1980-12-16) 16 December 1980 (age 34)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nickname "Nani-Danny"[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm leg break
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 163) 29 November 2000 v England
Last Test 3 January 2010 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 140) 31 October 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 21 March 2007 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
1998 National Shipping Corporation
1999–2002 Karachi Whites
1999 Pakistan Reserves
1999–2012 Habib Bank Limited
2004 Karachi
2004–2010 Essex
2004 Karachi Blues
2005–2010 Karachi Zebras
2007 Karachi Harbour
2008 Sindh
2008 Baluchistan Bears
2010 Sindh Dolphins
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 61 18 206 167
Runs scored 360 12 1,911 379
Batting average 7.05 6.00 10.67 9.24
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/1
Top score 29 6* 65 64
Balls bowled 17,697 854 53,837 8,280
Wickets 261 15 1,023 262
Bowling average 34.79 45.53 26.18 22.69
5 wickets in innings 15 0 71 8
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 12 0
Best bowling 7/77 3/31 8/59 7/39
Catches/stumpings 18/- 2/- 71/- 33/–
Source: CricketArchive, 21 February 2014

Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria (Urdu: دانش پربھا شنکر کنیریا‎; born 16 December 1980) marwari Hindu is a retired Pakistani cricketer. He has continued the tradition of great Pakistani leg spin bowlers and possesses a very well disguised googly. Being the second hindu to represent Pakistan national cricket, Kaneria holds the record for most wickets by any Pakistani spin bowler and fourth on the list of most Test wickets overall, only behind Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan.[2]

After allegations of being involved in spot fixing, Kaneria was given a lifetime ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board, preventing him from playing in matches under their jurisdiction. He subsequently filed an appeal against the ban,[3] but this was rejected in July 2013.[4]



He made his international debut in 2000 against England at Faisalabad. In January 2002, he took 7 wickets for 77 runs in the Test match against Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, which are his career best figures so far in Test cricket. Earlier, in the same season, he had taken 6 wickets in an innings twice against Bangladesh during Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan. In October 2004, he took 10 wickets against Sri Lanka at Karachi, with a second-innings haul of 7/109, setting up Pakistan's 6-wicket win. More recently he has played an important role in Pakistan's Test wins over West Indies, England and India. In December 2009, He took 7/168 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test match against New Zealand at Napier. Pakistan managed to draw that game. Since then he has not played for Pakistan.

One Day Internationals[edit]

In One Day International cricket, he has been economical so far with an economy rate under 4.8 runs per over. His best bowling in ODIs came against New Zealand in Sri Lanka in 2003. He also had a good series against Zimbabwe in Sharjah just before that.

Success in the one day arena has been more elusive, Pakistan usually opting to play the two spinning all-rounders Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik or Saeed Ajmal instead.

County cricket[edit]

Kaneria has impressed in English county cricket, taking 32 wickets in seven championship matches for Essex in 2005. Although unable to play English county cricket in 2006 due to Pakistan's tour of England, he returned to play for Essex in 2007, taking 107 wickets for the County in all forms of the game.[5] He played for Essex again in 2008, although he missed the start of the campaign due to his wife giving birth to their second child. Kaneria suffered a broken finger in Essex's LV County Championship Division Two match against Worcestershire at Colchester on 21 August 2008. The bowler was injured attempting to take a catch off Ben Smith. An X-ray confirmed he had broken a finger and he missed the remainder of the 2008 English domestic season.

Arrest and release (2010)[edit]

In May 2010, he was arrested in connection with “match irregularities” in the 2009 domestic season. The investigations are believed to focus on a NatWest Pro40 match in September 2009, which Essex won.[6] In September 2010, police told Kaneria that the investigation had been closed and that he had been cleared of any allegations.[7][8]

He was selected for the two-match test series against South Africa but shortly after the PCB stopped Kaneria from playing in the series. No reason was given.[9]

On 17 February 2012, during Mervyn Westfield's trial on spot fixing charges, Kaneria was named in court as the man who approached Westfield with the idea. They were teammates at the time the alleged approach took place. Now in June 2012, both have been found guilty of offences by an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary panel. As a consequence, Kaneria has been banned for life from playing cricket in England and Wales[10] by the aforementioned panel. The PCB had previously agreed to abide by the ECB's decision.[11] Kaneria will appeal the lifetime ban to him by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.[12]

The appeal against English Cricket Boards decision was denied in July 2013 for the second time. saying "We note, with regret, that Mr Kaneria has neither made any admission of guilt nor expressed any remorse for his corrupt actions, despite the weight of evidence against him."[13]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2009 Kaneria is married to Dharmita Kaneria and has a daughter Parisa Kaneria and a son Danish Kaneria Jr.[14][15]

He is the first cousin of former Pakistani wicket keeper Anil Dalpat.


  1. ^ Danish Kaneria player profile – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Pakistan / Records / Test matches / Most wickets". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  3. ^ "Kaneria to appeal ECB life ban". Wisden India. 12 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Danish Kaneria fails to overturn his life ban from cricket". BBC Sport. 3 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Danish Kaneria". Essex CCC. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Kaneria and Westfield arrested in fraud probe". BBC News. 2010-05-15. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Kaneira cleared of wrong-doing in Spot-fixing scandal". Espncricinfo.com. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Kaneria cleared by Essex police in cricket match probe". BBC.co.uk. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan news: PCB stops Danish Kaneria from joining Test squad | Pakistan Cricket News | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  10. ^ "Danish Kaneria given life ban from English cricket". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  11. ^ "Danish 22 June 2012". Sports.ndtv.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  12. ^ "Danish Kaneria to appeal lifetime ban". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  13. ^ "BBC Sport – Danish Kaneria fails to overturn his life ban from cricket". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  14. ^ "Bigstar Players : Danish Kaneria : About Me". bigstarcricket.com. 2 September 2008. Archived from the original on 21 May 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "Danish Kaneria". Espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 11 July 2013. 

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