ISLAMABAD - Banned cricketer Danish Kaneria has appealed to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, who is also Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) patron-in-chief, to help him play international and domestic cricket.

Kaneria, who was life-banned by the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in June 2012, said he had written a letter to the Prime Minister and a number of Federal Ministers, appealing to them to help lift the ‘unjust match-fixing ban’ imposed by ECB and PCB on him.

He said ECB banned him from playing cricket based on the mere false statements of the convicted English Country cricketer, Mervyn Westfield. "Being a Pakistani, it is my right to play for my country but the PCB is doing injustice with me,” he said and added: "Cricket is my bread and butter so how can I survive without it."

"At one side, the PCB allows the players who were banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to play cricket after the completion of their punishments but what about me. I was never even banned by the ICC," he questioned.

Leg-spinner Kaneria said the PCB had never supported or assisted him instead had treated him like an alien. "The PCB allowed Salman Butt, M Asif and M Aamir to play domestic and international cricket. Even the ECB has allowed Westfield to play. Then why only I am being targeted," said the cricketer.