‘Many people tried to change my religion’, Danish Kaneria gives befitting reply to Twitter user

Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria has made it clear that he would not change his religion at any cost after Pakistani cricket fans asked him to accept Islam. 

Veteran spinner Danish Kaneria has been in the news recently after a video went viral in which Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar claimed that his teammate Danish Kaneria had faced discrimination during his cricket career just because he was a Hindu, a fact that Kaneria later revealed to be true.

A Question & Answer session has started on social media where some Pakistani cricket fans have asked Kaneria to embrace Islam. Danish took to his Twitter account to give a befitting reply to fans. One user wrote, “Please Accept Islam.. Islam is gold. I know but that without Islam life is nothing. Your life a death people. Please accept this Gold. And Say to Kalma Sharif. Thanks.”

To this, the 39-year-old replied, “Many people like you tried to change my religion, but did not succeed.”

Exposing the plight of Hindu’s in Pakistan, Shoaib Akhtar said, “I used to get livid 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 chided my team-mates for mistreating him,”

The 39-year-old Kaneria is the second Hindu to have played for Pakistan. The spinner has played 61 Tests for Pakistan and took 261 Test wickets.

After Iqbal Qasim has been appointed head of the PCB cricket committee, many have congratulated him. Danish Kaneria also came forward and congratulated Iqbal Qasim for becoming a new Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) cricket committee. Taking to Twitter, Kaneria wrote he hopes that the new Cricket committee will work for the betterment of the game and will not allow any discrimination against any player by selfish people. He then congratulated the newly elected chairman and all the members as well.

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