Banned Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has thrown a jibe at Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir for giving preference to Twenty20 leagues over playing Test cricket for the national team.
Kaneria received a life-ban by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in 2012, after being found guilty of corruption. He was found guilty of encouraging or attempting to encourage Essex teammate Mervyn Westfield to underperform in a 2009 fixture.
Kaneria, who took 261 wickets in 61 Tests and also played in 18 One-day Internationals (ODIs), was described in the ECB ruling as having “shown no remorse and sought to cast blame on other plainly innocent persons”.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir in July 2019 announced his retirement from the longest version of the game. The pacer played 36 Tests for the green army, taking 119 wickets at an average of 30.47.
“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) supported Mohammad Amir but when we needed him in Test cricket, he retired and started focusing on league cricket,” said Kaneria in a YouTube video.
“Playing for Pakistan is not important for him but league cricket is.” he added.
Amir, who made his international debut at 17, served three months in an English jail for corruption and a five-year ban for his role in a spot-fixing scandal surrounding a Test against England at Lord’s in 2010.