Shoaib Akhtar's sensational autobiography Controversially Yours is not only a hot topic in India, but also in his own country, Pakistan.
Former Pakistan pacer Sarfraz Nawaz slammed the Rawalpindi Express for criticising Indian greats Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in his book. "The media should boycott his book launch events.
The Indian government should ensure that no copy of his book is sold in the country. He shouldn't be allowed to enter India henceforth," Sarfraz told MiD DAY from Lahore yesterday.
No launch in Bangalore
Meanwhile, Shoaib's book release function in Bangalore has been called off amidst the controversy.
Shoaib claimed that Tendulkar and Dravid are not match-winners nor did they know the art of finishing games. He also accused former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram for not giving him a chance at the right time.
"Sachin and Dravid are the world's greatest run-getters, so how could you question them? As far as Akram is concerned, how is it possible that he tried to sabotage his career? Wasim retired in 2003 and Shoaib played till the last World Cup. He has nothing to substantiate his claims. He is just talking nonsense," added 62-year-old Sarfraz.
"Obviously, all this is a just to sell his book. I don't think we should pay any attention to him. He had spoken highly about Shah Rukh Khan (when he was picked to play for KKR in the IPL), and now he is accusing him of being a cheat. How can you trust this guy? He has no credibility," Sarfraz fumed.
The candid Pakistani was also critical about Akhtar's ball tampering claims. "If he has said so, then the ICC and PCB should take action against him. By admitting to ball-tampering, he has put Pakistan in bad light. He is a disgrace to the nation. He's a liar and has broken many player code violations in the past," Sarfraz concluded.