Shoaib Akhtar angered ex-players and officials in Pakistan.
Former Pakistani fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar along with Indian Cricketer, Harbhajjan Singh aka Bhajji made an appearance on the popular comedy show, Comedy Nights with Kapil a few days back. While talking about Pakistan team’s form and poor performance in the World Cup, Akhtar mocked the team and made some stingy remarks which were not well received by Pakistani cricket fans and ex officials.
“I don’t know why he was so critical about Pakistan cricket on an Indian channel because I know that he is a patriotic Pakistani when he played for the national team.”- Former Test pacer, Sarfraz Nawaz
The show is quite famous in India and across the border. The Shoaib-Bhajji episode had the most number of viewership. Suggesting, Akhtar has offended many Muslim brothers in Pakistan with his comments against Misbah and Ijaz Butt.
“It is unfortunate that our former players behave like this while in a foreign country. What has Akhtar achieved by demeaning our cricket system and officials like this? Was it his way of trying to become popular in India. The way he made fun of former Chairman and Test player, Ijaz Butt is disappointing. He is a senior player and he has served Pakistan cricket for long. We don’t expect such behavior from him.” – Official of the Pakistan Cricket Board
Ijaz Butt said he didn’t watch the show and “I don’t bother about such things. Like everyone else I also wanted to see Pakistan cricket move ahead.”