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Turned down big county contract twice to fight Kargil War: Shoaib


Former Pakistan cricket star Shoaib Akhtar has made a habit of making headlines by making all the new surprises. That continuity is still going on. This time he commented on the 1999 Kargil war.

Turned down big county contract twice to fight Kargil War: Shoaib

Shoaib Akhtar claims to have received an offer to play county cricket in England during the 1999 Kargil war. Even though it was not a normal fee, Shoaib was offered to play for Nottinghamshire for 175,000-pound (more than 2 crores in Bangladeshi currency) at that time.

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But when the Kargil war signal was received, the pacer, known as the Rawalpindi Express, turned down the offer. About 21 years ago, from May to July, the Kargil War was fought between the armies of India and Pakistan. Both sides lost more than 100 soldiers in that battle.

About 21 years later, Shoaib said he was ready to give up everything and give his life for the country. In an interview with Pakistani TV channel ARY News, Shoaib revealed this unknown incident to everyone.

“People hardly know about this story. I had a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002, I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened,”

Akhtar was quoted as saying by ARY News.

“I stood on the outskirts of Lahore. A general asked me what I’m doing there. I said war is about to start and we’ll die together. I left county [cricket] twice like this and the counties were shocked. I wasn’t concerned about that. I called up my friends in Kashmir and told them I am ready to fight.

“When the planes (from India) came and downed some of our trees, that was a big loss for us. They dropped 6-7 trees and we are really putting a lot of focus on trees now. I was very hurt about this. I was feeling dizzy when I woke up that day and my wife told me to calm down. But until the next day when I saw the news, that continued. I know the inside story of what happened on the next day, I’m from Rawalpindi and I know GHQ.”

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