Mixed reactions for Shoaib Akthar's book in Pakistan

Shoaib Akthar’s book Controversially Yours had made a lot of controversial revelations ahead of its launch Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Karachi: Sep 25, 2011

Shoaib Akthar’s autobiography, ‘Controversially Yours’ has drawn mixed reactions from across the border where few cricketers have supported the revelations made in the book while others have called it a strategy to sell it in the Indian market.

Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said,”Look if there is no controversy then an autobiography does not sell and it is understandable he is aware of this.”

Sohail said it would be advisable to first read the book in complete context before passing any judgement on it.

Former captain, Asif Iqbal was disappointed that Pakistan cricket was once again in the limelight for the wrong reasons. he was quoted in The Nation as saying, “It is unfortunate that all these things have been said in his book but I guess having retired from he is now planning for a secure financial future.”

Former Pakistan wicket keeper Rashid Latif said that Shoaib’s decision to launch the book in India and bring out the controversies in the Indian media was deliberately planned to create hype.

“A lot of things he has said are true, some of his observations are also spot on but I guess he is going to make a lot of people unhappy. “But no doubt even after retirement he remains one of our most enigmatic and controversial players,” Latif was quoted by The Nation.

“The unfortunate part is once again Pakistan cricket will be discussed for its negative things rather than achievements,” Latif added.

Former pacer, Sarfaraz Nawaz said he was not surprised by the revelations. “As far as his talk about Wasim Akram trying to derail his career is concerned I can vouch that even when he was playing he had told me personally that he didn’t know why Wasim was after him and bent on destroying his career,” Nawaz said.

Salman Ahmed was sceptical though about the allegations that Shah Rukh Khan and Lalit Modi had cheated Shoaib Akthar.