Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar recently hogged headlines after he stated that Babar Azam has not become the biggest brand in Pakistan because he does not know English. The 47-year-old further launched an attack on his former teammate Kamran Akmal and also the PCB for not knowing English.
“There is no character in the team, nor do they know how to talk. It is embarrassing in front of the media when your players do not know how to speak in English. How difficult is it to learn the language? I am sorry, but to express yourself on TV, you must know English. One example is Babar Azam, who should be Pakistan’s biggest brand, but is not because he cannot speak English,” stated Akhtar.
Several users bashed Akhtar for his remarks, and the latest to jump onto the bandwagon and give schooling to the legend is former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja.
Speaking to BOL Network, Raja called Akhtar a delusional superstar and also said that being a human first is more important than being a brand.
“Shoaib Akhtar is a delusional figure. He wants everyone to become a brand, but what’s more important is to be a human first.”
Raja also praised Indian cricketers for not bashing each other and cited the example of Rahul Dravid and Sunil Gavaskar.
“You will never see such things happening in our neighbouring country. Sunil Gavaskar will never criticise Rahul Dravid. It only happens in Pakistan.”