Pulwama Attacks: Former Pakistan speedster quashed rumours and slammed the Indian media for spreading false news. Akhtar claims he did not make any statement on the India-Pak World Cup tie. The former pacer took a dig at the Indian media and accused it of putting words in his mouth. He also condemned the Pulwama attacks and urged both the countries to come to the table to resolve the issue. Condemning the death of the CRPF jawans, the 43-year-old said that India had all the right to pull out of the game against Pakistan which is slated to be held on June 16 at Manchester. Also Read - ICC Test Rankings - Virat Kohli Retains Fifth Place, Rishabh Pant Breaks Into Top 10
His tweet read, “I completely deny the false news by Indian media about my statement on Indian cricket team / World Cup 2019. I did not make any statement at all and Indian media is making it up. I condemn the loss of lives. Both countries should come to the table to resolve the issues.” Also Read - Nepal's Kushal Bhurtel Nominated For ICC Player of The Month Award
Earlier, seconding the speech by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Akhtar was quoted as saying by an Indian news channel, “They have a right to pull out. Their country was attacked and hence the decision. You cannot argue on that?”
Akhtar’s rumored statement
“Honest reply, BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you thik they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. Our Pakistan board had mentioned that they want to play a bilateral series and you cannot deny it although the series can be held at a different venue altogether. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical,” opined Akhtar.