ISLAMABAD – Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s remarks mocking the state of affairs in Pakistan cricket on a popular Indian comedy show.
Akhtar appeared with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on a comedy show in India and some of his funny remarks about the state of national cricket and his making fun of a former PCB head have not been well received in Pakistan.
“I don’t know why he was so critical about Pakistan cricket on an Indian channel because I know that he is a patriotic Pakistani when he played for the national team,” former Test pacer Sarfraz Nawaz said.
The Comedy Nights with Kapil is equally popular among Pakistanis and while it commands high ratings across the border as well, the Akhtar-Harbhajan Singh show in particular got top viewership.
“It is unfortunate that our former players behave like this while in a foreign country. What has Akhtar achieved by demeaning our cricket system and officials like this? Was it his way of trying to become popular in India,” an official of the Pakistan Cricket Board told PTI.
“The way he made fun of former Chairman and Test player, Ijaz Butt is disappointing. He is a senior player and he has served Pakistan cricket for long. We don’t expect such behavior from him,” he said.
Pakistan’s top cricketers are presently in demand by Indian television channels for the World Cup and are appearing either as commentators, pundits or on special cricket shows.
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