Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed the claims made by former all-rounder Shahid Afridi, in his autobiography ‘Game Changer’.
Whereas talking throughout a present on an area sports activities channel, Akhtar mentioned that he had additionally obtained harsh therapy from senior cricketers throughout his taking part in days.
“I believe Shahid Afridi has written much less in his guide in regards to the harsh therapy he obtained from senior gamers throughout his taking part in days. I witnessed a few of it with my very own eyes and completely agree with him,” mentioned Akhtar.
The swashbuckling all-rounder had claimed in his autobiography that the previous coach of Pakistan group, Javed Miandad, didn’t let him take part within the batting follow session earlier than the Chennai Take a look at towards India in 1999.
“The tussle had began even earlier than the sequence kicked off. Miandad had developed a robust opinion towards me…the truth is, the day earlier than I went to bat, Miandad didn’t even give me any internet follow. So I needed to follow on a stringed ball, alone, away from my teammates,” Afridi wrote in his guide.
Afridi additionally mentioned that Miandad pressured him to reward him in the course of the presentation ceremony, which led to the all-rounder dropping respect for the batting legend.
“That day I misplaced all my respect for Javed Miandad, supposedly one of many greats of the sport however in actuality, a small man,” he mentioned.
Akhtar additionally revealed that the identical bunch of gamers additionally requested him for forgiveness and admitted their mistake, a number of years after the incident had occurred.
“Later down the years, ten of those senior gamers requested us for forgiveness, earlier than leaving for Umrah, for the best way they handled us,” he mentioned. “I informed them that there’s little level in such an apology as a result of that they had taken undue benefit, when able of power, however I had forgiven them earlier as properly and doesn’t thoughts doing it now as properly.”
Akhtar, who was the quickest bowler of his time, additionally mentioned that he was near being crushed with a bat by a few of the gamers he performed with, prior to now.
“As soon as throughout a tour of Australia, 4 gamers approached with the intention of hitting me with a bat,” he additional revealed.