20 September, 2020

Shoaib Akhtar

The Rawalpindi Express, on his autobiography Controversially Yours

Shoaib Akhtar

You haven’t said in your book that Sachin Tendulkar was scared of you, have you?

I never said that. I only said he was not comfortable on that day, that series, because of the injury problems he was going through. I did not say that he is a coward or is afraid of fast bowling or that I am a great, jinn fast bowler.

So why this uproar?

The media had its fun, having twisted what I wrote, quoting me out of context.

Sachin also reacted.

Yes, it is sad that the media lied to him about what I wrote, without reading my book.

You write that match-fixing is still rife.

People have been caught from your country, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies, England. Which country is left?

You say it could end with higher wages in Pakistan. They aren’t really that badly paid?

They are getting very little money. The PCB does not distribute money from TV rights to the boys. If a players plays all the matches in a season, he earns about...



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