I am still grateful to former President Asif Ali Zardari. He added that once a federal minister invited me to his home but instead of taking me home, he sent me back from outside: Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar, the former fast bowler of the national cricket team, while giving an interview to senior journalist Waseem Badami in an old program of private TV channel ARY News, mentioned an incident and said that he was imposed ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board. The 5-year ban was lifted by former President and PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari.
Talking to Waseem Badami, he said that in the past, when playing cricket he was banned for 5 years, he called a federal minister from Rawalpindi to remove the ban. The federal minister called me to his house but instead of taking me inside, he sent me back from outside. This incident turned out to be a lesson for me rather than a help that was much needed for me.
He said that I told the federal minister over the intercom that if you wanted to humiliate me, I would have told you, but remember that you are a minister today, you will not be tomorrow, but even so, my name will live on. will not even remember what the federal minister said let’s see.
President Asif Ali Zardari helped me when I was banned for 5 years
He said that on one occasion former President Asif Ali Zardari helped me when I was banned for 5 years. My friend Faisal Butt took me to him, then Asif Zardari called ex-chairman PCB Naseem Ashraf through Salman Taseer and told him Shoaib is our son, our child. Shoaib Akhtar wants to play IPL, you remove his ban or install a new chairman.
He said that I am extremely grateful to Asif Zardari, then Naseem Ashraf was picked up at night. It should be noted that Shoaib Akhtar played for famous Indian actor Shahrukh Khan’s team Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL after the ban was over.
It should be remembered that Shoaib Akhtar, the fastest bowler in the world, started his career against West Indies in December 1997. He has taken a total of 178 wickets during 46 Test matches, 247 wickets in 163 one-day matches and 19 wickets in 15 T20 matches. Shoaib Akhtar retired in March 2011.