Some people use my name to seek attention- Wasim replies to Sohail
The debate with words between ex-Pakistani cricketers is not a new story in cricket arena. Many former players in the past have been involved in verbal exchanges after their retirement, regarding different issues.
Former Pakistani great Washim Akram and Aamir Sohail’s war of words is the latest edition on the list. Recently, Sohail blamed Akram for making sure the Pakistan team did not win the World Cups after 1992 upto today.
“Look, the biggest contribution by Wasim Akram for Pakistan cricket was making sure Pakistan does not win a World Cup after 92. Imran Khan should be very grateful to him, and he is, by awarding him the presidential award. If he [Wasim] was sincere with Pakistan, we would have easily won the 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cups,” Sohail said in a daily.
After Sohail’s serious allegations, former Pakistani captain Akram has responded furiously. He said that even after retiring from the game 17 years ago, some people are still using his name to bring attention toward themselves.
“I get depressed when I hear such negative things being said about me. I retired from cricket 17 years ago, but people still take my name to further their own interests,”
said Wasim as tweeted by Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq.
Previously, Sohail had also pointed out the fact of that post-1992 World Cup win. Various attempts were made to remove whosoever was in charge and felicitate Akram as the captain.
“It’s very simple. Put the 1992 World Cup to one side and talk about the 1996 World Cup. In 1995, Ramiz Raja was captain. Saleem Malik was the captain before that. He was very successful, and if he could have spent one more year as captain, then Wasim would not have been leading the side,” Sohail had said.
“If you look at what happened till 2003, there was this persistence before every World Cup to remove the captain and put Wasim Akram in that role,” he added at that time.