By Kiran Bokhari
It is an old maxim “one dies on this innocence.”
This truthful expression applies to tainted but blue-eyed of PCB former captain Wasim Akram when he says he does not have time to respond to negative people and preferrs to ignore their comments.
Kia baat hai. This man who is accused of selling several matches especially of 1996 and 1999 world cups tries to prove himself innocence like that of his buddy Saleem Malik.
In the face of startling revelations by former PCB head Khalid Mahmood, former cricketers Attaur Rehman and Aamir Sohail that Wasim Akram role remained dubious especially in 1999s and he cannot be ruled out in fixing matches, Akram tried to be a choocha kaka and made a very innocent comment.
Former opener Aamir Sohail hurled allegations on the former fast bowling great stating that his ‘captaincy drama’ was the main reason behind the team not winning a single major event post the 1992 World Cup till 2003.
Akram innocently responded saying “It was sad that his name was being used by some people to get attention. I retired from cricket 17 years ago but people still take my name to further their own interests. But I put that in the back of my mind, ignore them. I don’t have time for negative people now, and never will.”
Instead of taking those who are leveling match and spot fixing allegations against him, Akram chose to say this only: “I take the negativity of people as a challenge, use it as motivation and don’t bring yourself down because of them. This should start a fire inside you when you hear such stuff.
Remember we have all made mistakes. I have made a lot of mistakes. If I am allowed to go back in time, the mistake I would not make again is picking up friends with care. Of course, you cannot be choosy about childhood friends but you need to be careful about the ones in later years. They should be those who motivate you,” he said.
Akram further said several people have asked him to write a book but he is of the view that if he did so, it would upset many people. “If I write a book and given what I know about Pakistan cricket’s issues off the field, I will probably upset a lot of people and ruin some people, including myself.”
Akram must write a book and tell the people that his real brother was a known bookie in Lahore and through him he started off his parallel career of fixing. Pak Destiny