Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has made a shocking claim that he was wrongly accused of rape due to his then teammate’s ‘misunderstanding’ with a girl back in 2005 when Pakistan toured Australia.
During a session on his Helo app, Akhtar remembered how he urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to teach the false accusers a lesson.
“I was accused of rape then. There was some other boy from the Pakistan team, who had a misunderstanding with a girl. Pakistan team management hid the boy’s doing,” said Akhtar.
“I asked the board to not reveal the boy’s name, just announce that Shoaib was not there. When that case happened, everyone suspected me,” he added.
The PCB subsequently released a statement after the media shed light opn the aforementioned case, in order to rid Akhtar of any blame in the incident.
“The PCB wishes to clarify that the decision to recall him [Akhtar] was taken in order for him to achieve full fitness in readiness for the India tour,” the board had said in a release.
“His recall has no connection whatsoever with the uncorroborated and sensationalist reports relating to an incident in Melbourne.” the statement added.
However, cricketing body did not initiate any proper since no formal complaint was filed against any Pakistan cricketer.
“Despite the passage of a month, no formal complaint has been lodged either with the police or with the female harassment centre against any member of the team. In the absence of a formal complaint, there is no legal basis to press further charges.” another press release read.
The incident is believed to have taken place in a Melbourne hotel, where the Pakistan team was staying for the Boxing Day Test.