By Iram Salim
(Pakdestiny.com) Wasim Akram and Shoiab Akhtar’s ‘big lie’ was caught today by ESPNcricinfo disclosing that they did not boycott commentary in next India South Africa match but they were asked to leave for their country as India cannot provide them security.
The Pakistani media played a role of a harbinger and claiming that both Akram and Akhtar had boycotted the commentary in the India-Africa match but the fact was otherwise.
“India’s failure to provide security to Pakistan’s commentators and match officials, following Shiv Sena’s hooliganism, has forced Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar to quit the ongoing India-South Africa series and head home early,” ESPNcricinfo reported.
Interestingly Akram is a guy who always put his interest above the country’s. He allegedly fixed the matches during his period but always escaped punishment.
The development comes a day after the International Cricket Council (ICC) withdrew Pakistan’s Aleem Dar from officiating in the rest of the India-South Africa series after threats from far-right political group Shiv Sena.
Akram’s agent Arsalan Haider told Cricinfo that after commentating in fourth one-day international in Chennai, the former Pakistan captain will return home on October 23, along with Akhtar who is also part of Star Sports’ commentary team.
The final ODI between India and South Africa is scheduled to be played in Mumbai on October 25.
Mumbai has traditionally been a stronghold of Shiv Sena and the party has in the past, too, protested against the participation of Pakistani players. However, it is worth noting that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), often labelled as a “Hindu revivalist” party, is in power in the state.