Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, may have announced his retirement from the game almost a decade ago but the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ continues to rake up headlines on a consistent basis courtesy his outrageous statements.
From voicing controversial views on Indo-Pak relationship to alleging that the ICC and its member boards had deliberately postponed the T20 World Cup to clear a window for the Indian Premier League, Akhtar continues to give controversial statements one after the other.
And, he is at it again. The former fast bowler has recently claimed that he had rejected a 175,000-pound contract with Nottinghamshire as he wanted to the Kargil war against India.
”I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened,” Shoaib Akhtar was quoted as saying by ARY News
‘I left county [cricket] twice like this and the counties were shocked’- Shoaib Akhtar
Akhtar added that he used to stand on the outskirts of Lahore where he used to tell his army generals that a war is about to start and that they will die together.
“I stood on the outskirts of Lahore. A general asked me what I’m doing there. I said a war is about to start and we’ll die together. I left county [cricket] twice like this and the counties were shocked. I wasn’t concerned about that. I called up my friends in Kashmir and told them I am ready to fight,” Shoaib Akhtar claimed.
“When the planes (from India) came and downed some of our trees, that was a big loss for us. They dropped 6-7 trees and we are really putting a lot of focus on trees now. I was very hurt about this. I was feeling dizzy when I woke up that day and my wife told me to calm down. But until the next day when I saw the news, that continued. I know the inside story of what happened on the next day, I’m from Rawalpindi and I know GHQ.” he added.