Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who played a lot of his cricket under the leadership of Wasim Akram said he would have destroyed the latter if he was asked to fix matches. Praising his former skipper, Akhtar said that it was amazing to watch Wasim Akram winning games for Pakistan from critical situations. Also Read - VIDEO: KL Rahul Smashes Ravindra Jadeja For a Monstrous Six During India's Intra-Squad Game at Southampton
“I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling. I will say it very clear that if Wasim Akram had asked me to do match-fixing, I would have destroyed him or even kill him. But he never said such a thing to me,” Shoaib Akhtar said as quoted by The Tribune Pakistan. Also Read - Faf du Plessis' Wife Reacts After Her Husband's Nasty Collison With Mohammad Hasnain During PSL 2021 Match
Hailing Akram’s greatness with the ball, Akhtar recalled how the former skipper allowed him to bowl from his preferred end despite having picked more wickets. Also Read - VIDEO: When Virat Kohli Lost His Cool During a Football Match!
“I played with him for seven to eight years and I can quote many instances where he gave me cover by taking the responsibility of picking up the top-order wickets while leaving the tailenders for me. He even let me bowl from my preferred bowling even though he had a lot more wickets that I did. After watching these old matches, I called him and apologised to for not truly appreciating his greatness while playing with him,” he added.
The 44-year-old, who was arguably the fastest bowler to have played the game, recently proposed India-Pakistan charity matches in Dubai to help raise funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.