Danish Kaneria
Danish Kaneria was banned in 2012 by the ECB for life for spot-fixing. Pictured: Pakistan's Danish Kaneria celebrates taking the wicket of Sri Lanka's Malinda Warnapura with teammates on the fourth day of their third test cricket match in Colombo July 23, 2009.Reuters

Danish Kaneria flew down to India on Sunday along with his family and is presently said to be in Kochi. The former Pakistan cricketer has claimed that they have come to India to perform certain religious rituals. However, rumours suggest that he has moved out of Pakistan and wants to settle in India.

"My family is in India to perform some religious rituals which will take around 10 days. Our return dates are not confirmed as yet," Kaneria was quoted as saying by PTI.

Meanwhile, his brother Vicky Kaneria has also stated that they have gone to India for personal religious reasons.

Kaneria, who was banned by the England and the Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for life for alleged fixing in 2012, had said that he would get more justice in India because he is a hindu. Reportedly, he also went on to say that had he not been a hindu, he would have got more help from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The leg-spinner, who has played 61 Test matches for Pakistan had appealed twice against his ban but both times, his appeals were overturned. He is also facing a case in the Sindh High Court. ECB has filed a petition for recovery of costs of the case which amounts to a staggering £200,000.

Kaneria had also written a letter to the Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif, but unfortunately he received no reply from the latter's office.

Kaneria'a involvement in match-fixing is yet to be proven in a court of law, but ECB and PCB have maintained the life ban on him.

Reports had surfaced earlier this year that Kaneria was seeking help from BCCI as they are one of the most powerful cricket boards in the world. Later, he had denied any such claim.

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