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'Furious' Kaneria to take legal action against Salman Butt for linking him to Majeed

October 15, 2011 - Karachi

Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria has vowed to take legal action against former captain Salman Butt for telling a London court hearing the 'spot-fixing' case that it was Kaneria who had introduced him to alleged bookmaker Mazhar Majeed.

"I am furious over what Salman Butt has said and I will take legal action against him as early as possible," The News quoted Kaneria, as saying.

"I only came to know about Mazhar Majeed after Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were caught. The thing is that Butt is now realising that he cannot run away from punishment, so in order to divert the attention of the court he is involving others as well," he added.

Kaneria had accompanied the Pakistan team on England tour, but was later dropped by the team management, and after two Tests, the visiting squad was involved in the spot-fixing controversy, the paper said.

"If I would have been involved with those match-fixers, then I would have never been dropped. I was purposely sidelined so that they can do such malpractice because a player who is accompanying a team is never released like that on a tour," Kaneria claimed.

He said that Waqar Younis had told him that Butt did not want him in the team.

"Butt never allowed me to bowl properly on that tour and then after the first match against England I was shockingly asked to go and play county cricket," he added.

Kaneria stressed that such things are very upsetting for him, since he has been performing well in domestic competitions and is focussing on making a comeback to the national team.


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