Wasim Akram’s biography ‘Sultan: The Memoir’ brings out dirtier secrets of other former cricketers

 Wasim Akram’s biography ‘Sultan: The Memoir’ brings out dirtier secrets of other former cricketers

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Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram‘s autobiography has become a controversial book as it is revealing the dark side of his former mates. In recent times, he revealed some incriminating details about some of his former mates such as Ramiz Raja, Salim Malik, etc. nOw some other former players have come under his ‘radar’. He started by making some sensational revelations on former wicketkeeper batter Rashid Latif.

Akram started by saying that Latif didn’t even think of informing him about the monetary offer for match-fixing. The former also expressed his unhappiness over Latif not sharing these details to the authorities but only in public.

“The lobbyists were at work. In July 2000, Rashid Latif gave an interview to The Sunday Telegraph in which he claimed to have been offered £15,000 to ensure Pakistan were bowled out for under 300 in the 1996 Lord’s Test. And who knows? Maybe he had. But had he told me, his captain, at the time? No. Had he reported it to his coach or manager? No. Had he told Qayyum? No. Amazingly, these stories only ever came out when he wanted attention,” read an excerpt from his book.

I was publicly reinstated as captain: Wasim Akram

The former left-arm pacer also made some revelations about Aamir Sohail. Akram said that he was publicly reinstated as the team skipper. For context, Sohail, a few years ago, claimed that Akram made sure Pakistan never wins a World Cup after 1992. On the other hand, Akram didn’t even spare his long time bowling partner, Waqar Younis. The former said that Waqar wasn’t at his best in 2003 but remained the captain because of General Tauqir Zia.

“I was publicly reinstated as captain for the DMC Trophy in Toronto. The clamour for change was satisfied by a new coach, Wasim Raja, and new selectors: Wasim’s brother Ramiz, Naushad Ali and Abdur Raquib. They recalled, after his tireless lobbying, the zombie figure of Aamir Sohail,” another excerpt read.

“Waqar, by then (2003) was not in our best XI. He was made captain because of Tauqir, and Tauqir was a nuisance. Shoaib, for example, took it into his head to contact Tauqir directly with a request that he be joined by his own doctor, Tauseef Razzaq,” an excerpt stated.


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