Lahore, Pakistan – Uncertainty continues to surround Danish Kaneria’s international future after the Pakistan Cricket Board’s integrity committee were said to be “disappointed by the tone” of an email they received from his former county employer Essex.
Kaneria, 30, had been asked to produce a “certificate of clearance” from the English county side after the Pakistan leg-spinner was one of a number of the club’s players arrested in 2010 for alleged involvement in spot-fixing during the previous season. Kaneria, who was subsequently released without charge, is currently seeking to re-start his county and international career. However his efforts may have been damaged after the required email of support from Essex was found to contain a link to the infamous Rick Astley ‘Never Gunna Give You Up’ YouTube video.
“The last thing the integrity committee expected to see was a young man trusting his hips rhythmically to a mediocre hi-NRG electro pop beat,“ said a PCB insider, “it took one board member several private viewings before he could work out what was happening.”
It’s understood the committee have taken a dim view of being Rick-Rolled as it brought back memories of a similar incident the previous year when a file Mohammad Asif’s defence team had prepared against his spot-fixing charges was found to include a large collection of laminated Lolcat photographs.
“This is a matter of integrity, the players need to better understand the seriousness of their situation,” said PCB board member, Iqbal Shahid, “before clearing Danish to continue his career we need to see some evidence that isn’t covered in outdated Internet meme’s.”