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Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has called out his teammate and former Pakistan captain for calling India the ‘enemy country’. Afridi was replying to the comments made by Kaneria about how the all-rounder had mistreated him because of his religion and pressurized him to convert to Islam.  

In response, Kaneria tweeted, “India is not our enemy. Our enemies are those who instigate people in the name of religion. If you consider India as your enemy, then don't ever go to any Indian media channel. @SAfridiOfficial”

Earlier, Shahid Afridi talked about how Kaneria should look into his character as he said, “And the person saying all this, look at his own character.”

Afridi also proclaimed that Kaneria defamed the country during his spot-fixing case and ended his cricketing career. “He is accusing me to get cheap fame and make money. Kaneria was like my younger brother and I played with him in the department for many years,” he quoted. 

Former Pakistan captain also questioned the timing of these allegations after 15-20 years. He said. “Everyone knows about his character.”

Afridi asked, "If my attitude was bad then why he did not complain to the Pakistan Cricket Board or the department he was playing for. He is giving interviews to our enemy country which can incite religious sentiments.”

What did Kaneria say?

While talking to ANI on 29 April, Danish Kaneria disclosed how Afridi never wanted him in the team and was a maniacal individual. The 41-year-old continued, “He didn’t want me to be in the team. He was a liar, and manipulator because he’s a characterless person. However, my focus was only on cricket and I used to ignore all these tactics.”

“Shahid Afridi was the only person who would go to other players and provoke them against me. I was performing well and he was jealous of me. I am proud that I played for Pakistan. I was grateful,” he added.

Kaneria also talked about his fixing allegations. He said, “Some false allegations were levelled against me (of spot-fixing). My name was joined with the person involved in the case. He was a friend of other Pakistani cricketers as well, including Afridi. But I don’t know why I was targeted. I just want to request the PCB to lift the ban so that I can do my work.”