Shoaib Akhtar has come under fire from former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raja for his remarks towards star batter Babar Azam. Babar’s communications were criticised by Akhtar during a recent interview on a local television programme, who said that the Pakistan captain couldn’t speak English well. The 47-year-old drew a lot of flak for his comments about Babar, as well as former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Kamran Akmal. Raja referred to Akhtar as a “delusional superstar,” saying that it is more crucial to develop as a person before developing as a brand.
“Shoaib Akhtar is a star with delusions. He also had an incident recently with Kamran Akmal. He wants everyone to become a brand, but first becoming a human is more crucial. Become a human first, then a brand, then. By making irrational claims, our former cricket players damage our sport’s reputation. That will never occur in our neighbouring nation, I assure you. Sunil Gavaskar will never be seen criticising Rahul Dravid. Former athletes simply prevent others from performing their jobs professionally in Pakistan, according to Ramiz on Bol News.
When questioned about Akthar’s desire to lead PCB, Raja responded that the former sprinter must first earn a degree.
He must first obtain a graduate degree in order to be qualified to serve as PCB chairman, Ramiz continued.
Only 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is were played by Akhtar, who made his Pakistan debut in 1997. His career was hampered with injuries.
After the 2011 World Cup, he ended his career in international cricket. After retiring, he launched a YouTube career by creating his own channel, where he offers unvarnished opinions on a range of cricket-related subjects.