‘Akhtar’s jibe not to affect cricket ties between Pakistan and India’: BCCI

Published: September 26, 2011
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Shukla feels that Akhtar’s remarks have damaged the pride of the great Pakistan fast-bowlers and have only served to erode his own image. PHOTO: AFP

Shukla feels that Akhtar’s remarks have damaged the pride of the great Pakistan fast-bowlers and have only served to erode his own image. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Shoaib Akhtar’s autobiography may have drawn a lot of criticism and flared tensions in the Indian community but his antics will not affect the renewal of Pakistan-India cricket relations, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The former fast-bowler remarked that Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar and former captain Rahul Dravid were not match-winners while also alleging Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan of cheating him regarding payments over his Indian Premier League stint.

The series of claims and remarks were followed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ijaz Butt expressing concern that ties between both boards could be strained.

However, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla said that while the remarks against his countrymen were ‘uncalled for’, they would not affect plans of the revival of a bilateral series between the two countries.

“The remarks are uncalled for but they will not affect Pakistan, India cricketing relations,” Shukla told The Express Tribune. “We’re not taking offense because these are individual remarks.

“We remain committed in our plans of finalising a series soon and Akhtar’s jibe will not affect this.”

Both countries have not played a series due to strained relations following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, however the chances of a revival of cricketing ties were raised after the situation improved following Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to India.

‘Akhtar hurt Indian fans’

However, the senior BCCI official said Akhtar’s remarks against Indian cricketers and Shahrukh have hurt fans all over the country.

“Tendulkar and Dravid undoubtedly are great cricketers. Shahrukh is also a respected personality.

“Akhtar has hurt the Indian fans with his claims, which are not based on any evidence. There is a strong reaction especially from the cricket fraternity.

“How can he claim that Tendulkar was afraid of him? Has he forgotten the 2003 World Cup where he was hit all over the park by the batting master,” said Shukla, while adding that Akhtar’s remarks on ball-tampering and against former captain Wasim Akram have also damaged the reputation of the great Pakistan fast-bowlers.

“Akhtar had a huge fan base in India and he damaged it by making these claims. He has also damaged the pride of the Pakistan fast-bowlers.”

Shukla said that although the BCCI was dejected on Akhtar’s remarks, the cricket body did not intend to take any legal action against the former bowler.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 26th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Shez @shez555
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:19AM

    I really wanna see Pakistan and India test match

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  • Blithe
    Sep 26, 2011 - 2:33AM

    PCB and BCCI responding on the book!
    We need to learn to accept other opinions
    in our part of the world.

    What he said about Tendulkar is true. He is
    not a match winner (just see the number of centuries
    he scored where India ended up losing the match and
    compare it to Brian Lara).

    We need to grow and not overreact!

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  • Raj
    Sep 26, 2011 - 12:31PM

    Pakiistanis really hate Sachin is a true fact but tht dont make him any lesser player..All the world cup matches tht Pakistan lost Against India sachin was main factor in all of them n still he is not a match winner and only pakistanis feel this and no one else says tht….

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  • nitesh saini
    Sep 26, 2011 - 4:10PM

    sachin is the god of the cricket everybody know about this pakistan also but they are not agree with this so it is their problem not our we know sbout sachin …………………..

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  • nitesh saini
    Sep 26, 2011 - 4:12PM

    sachin is the best we know about this and pak also but they refush it why we dont know

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  • irfan khan
    Sep 26, 2011 - 5:14PM

    shoaib’s comment are the reflection of his personal observations,experiences, truthfulness and the dareness what ever he has had said about indian players that was his own opinion and by any means he has the right to say that, i dont understand why ppl are making a big fuss about it where he blamed srk for non payments that is once again a matter of non compliance to an agreed contract between him and srk; however when pakistani players were insulted during the ipl auction no one from india bothered to say any thing why every one is now so upset with just an opinion from an individual.

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  • irfan khan
    Sep 26, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Freedom of speech, is that really exists if yes then take into the consideration the recent statements by shoaib Akhter( The world’s fastest Bowler ever) whose comments in his book “Controversially yours” are the reflection of his personal observations,experiences, and somehow the conocation of some Dareness what ever he has had said about indian players(sachin and Dravid) that was his own opinion and by any means he has the right to say that, i dont understand why ppl are making a big fuss about it where he blamed shahrukh khan for non payments that is once again a matter of non compliance to an agreed contract between him and srk;by the way i am a Die hard fan of shahrukh khan; with Due Respcet to all my indian friends however when pakistani players were insulted during the ipl auction no one from india bothered to say any thing why ppl are now so upset with just an opinion from an individual.Any how for me Sachin and Dravid both are world class batters and wasim akram is one of all time Greatest fast bowler, but again i must say that what ever shoaib has written about them is his personal as well as an individualised opinion ,,,,,,which doesnt neccesary has any means to the Reality.

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  • yugal
    Sep 26, 2011 - 7:01PM

    @Blithe:
    Indias Most successful Captain NS Dhoni have a look in his captaincy India has played 7 finals involving more than 2 teamsmatches – 4 won (Sachin’s scores – 117* vs Aus in Aus,91 vs Aus in Aus , 138 vs SL in SL(compaq cup) and 18 vs SL:world cup ) lost- 3 (no Sachin in 3 matches)
    do u know 1. Wills world series final 1994 2. Pepsi Asia cup final 1994 3. Silver Jubilee Independence cup final 1998 4. coca-cola sharjah cup final 1998 5. Coca-cola triangular series final 1998 6. Singer Akai Nidhas trophy final 1998 7. coca-cola champions trophy 1999 8. common wealth bank series 2007 9. comapq cup 2009 10. his failure in natwest trophy but highest run getter in league 11.two world cup finals Highest rungetter in 0ne and in top 5 in second… May be u remmeber 1996 worldcup also

    any world cup match against Pakistan..
    Hey to sirf small sa search hai.. aapke pass hai koi player final ke liye..

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  • dictator
    Sep 26, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Pakistan should not play against rogue indian cricket team,, They are the loser nation in the World !

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  • khalis
    Sep 26, 2011 - 8:24PM

    those pakistani dost who says india is a sheer loser first need to see for how long india have been on no1 spot and meanwhile how many series it played at home and abroad. if india lost in one series then it doesnt means that they are not worthy of even playinf because even after getting defeated and slipping down the ranking……………. they are way above pakistan cricket team.

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  • saqib
    Sep 26, 2011 - 10:59PM

    agree with @irfan. shoaib has a right 2 his personal opinion. why would he apologise 2 anyone.

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  • Pinto
    Sep 28, 2011 - 12:01AM

    @irfan khan:
    how many PAKISTANIES got upset when KASAB & CO. shot innocent people in Bombay

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  • wasim
    Sep 28, 2011 - 7:41PM

    @Raj:
    what you are saying is incorrect sachin scored runs in last world cup due to fixation by the government of india.india know that we not win cup we just buy it.Recommend

  • rehmat
    Sep 28, 2011 - 11:42PM

    @irfan khan:
    So who is denying him freedom of speech. Others too have freedom ofspeech to react and respond to what he said. He was in India when the controversy broke out. did anyone sue him? Did anyone imprison him/ did anyone put a fatwa on him? No.

    freedom of speech does not mean that everyone has to agree with you. People disagree with Shoaib and they have a right to do so.

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