Recently, Wasim Akram, the former Pakistani fast bowler known as the Sultan of swing, has received many claims regarding the match-fixing back in the time when he captained the team and used to play.
Aamer Sohail has caught a spotlight as he has blamed Wasim Akram as a reason why Pakistan lost the 1999 World Cup. He said Wasim was the main reason behind why Pakistan couldn’t win three games against Bangladesh, Australia, and India. He also mentioned that the defeats Pakistan faced consecutively in three World Cups were because of Wasim Akram. Atta ur Rehman, the former Pakistani player also blamed the same.
I don’t have time for negativity: Wasim Akram on addressing match-fixing blames
“Look, the biggest contribution by Wasim Akram for Pakistan cricket was making sure Pakistan does not win a World Cup after 92. Imran Khan should be very grateful to him, and he is, by awarding him the presidential award. If he [Wasim] was sincere with Pakistan, we would have easily won 1996, 1999 and 2003 World Cups,” claimed Aamer.
“All of this drama happened for a reason. This should be investigated. The culprit behind all this should be brought to the forefront,” Aamer Sohail, who played his last World Cup in 1996, concluded.
However, Wasim Akram has denied all the accuses against him and has termed all of them as false. The king of swings considers all the blames against him as false and says that he doesn’t have enough time to respond to such statements. He also added that he doesn’t want to spread the negativity.
Wasim also added that it hurts seeing how your own fellows stand against you and claiming false allegations after 20 years.
“I get upset when I hear such negative things about me. I retired from cricket 17 years ago in 2003 but people still take my name to further their interests.” Akram said in an interview published on BSports.
“I have always ignored such people and will continue to do so in the future because I don’t have time for negative people in my life.”