Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has hit back at certain players for using his name to gain thew spotlight, despite having retired from the sport quite some time ago.
Wasim donned the Pakistan jersey across 104 Test matches, notching up 414 wickets at an average of 23.6. The legendary fast bowler played 356 One-day Internationals (ODIs) for his country, amassing 502 wickets at 23.5.
“I get depressed when I hear such negative things about me. I retired from cricket 17 years ago but people still take my name to further their interests,” said Akram while speaking on BSports Pakistan’s YouTube channel.
“I have always ignored such people and will continue to do so in the future because I don’t have time for negative people in my life.” he added.
It is to be known that former Pakistan opener Aamer Sohail in a recent interview had blasted his former teammate Wasim Akram by stating that the latter’s biggest contribution to Pakistan cricket was by ensuring that the nation didn’t win any World Cup after the famous 1992 triumph.
“Look, the biggest contribution by Wasim Akram for Pakistan cricket was making sure Pakistan does not win a World Cup after 1992. Imran Khan should be very grateful to him and he is by awarding him the presidential award,” Sohail had said.
“If he [Akram] was sincere with Pakistan, we would have easily won the 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cups. All of this drama happened for a reason. This should be investigated. The culprit behind all this should be brought to the forefront,” he added.
Meanwhile, fast-bowler Ataur Rehman had also blamed Akram for ruining his career.
“You ask Akram what he said during the inquiry against allegations of match-fixing,” Rehman said in a video. “I won’t remain silent till he tells the world that I was speaking the truth all along during the investigation.” said Rehman.