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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shoaib's comments ploy to sell book: Akram

MUMBAI: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Saturday dismissed Shoaib Akhtar's comments on Sachin Tendulkar, saying Akhtar lacked the credibility to comment on a batsman of Tendulkar's stature.

Akhtar's new autobiography Controversially Yours suggests Tendulkar was 'scared' of his short-pitched stuff, a claim which Akram, here for the India International Sports Summit, simply laughed away.

"I don't think he (Shoaib) even qualifies to make any comment on Sachin Tendulkar," said Akram, adding that the whole issue was a good marketing strategy to sell his book.

"It is like an unwritten code of conduct that a sportsman shouldn't be writing anything against another sportsman. But since Akhtar has done so, I can only say that it is nothing but a good ploy to sell his book," Akram said.

Akhtar claims in his book that Tendulkar chickened out during the Faisalabad Test on a very slow track. Akhtar wrote: "I bowled (Sachin) a particularly fast ball which he, to my amazement didn't even touch. He walked away! That was the first time I saw him walk away from me - that, too, on the slow track at Faisalabad."

Akram, however, said he himself had bowled to Tendulkar when the batsman made his debut, and came away impressed.

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