NCP activists arrested for protesting against Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar criticised Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in his book Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Thane: Sep 25, 2011

The Nationalist Congress Party activists on Sunday held a protest against the retired Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar for making remarks against Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in his autobiography ‘Controversially Yours .

The protesters tried to burn Akhtar s effigy in front of the Thane Municipal Corporation office but their attempt was foiled by the local police.

The police arrested around 15 NCP activists, the Economic Times reported.

Also, another protest was held in the suburban area of Dahisar near Thane, where the protesters carried the former Pakistan cricketer s posters on donkey-backs.

Meanwhile, reacting sharply to Tendulkar’s comments, Akthar said that it was below his dignity to respond to Tendulkar.

In an interview to NewsX, Akthar said,” Has he said that? If Sachin has said that, then it is below my dignity to respond to his comment.

“Everything is there in the book. I haven’t lied. It is the truth. I have written whatever I have felt was right.”

Earlier, Tendulkar on Friday lashed out at Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, saying that it was below his dignity to react to what Akhtar claimed.

Tendulkar was quoted by media, “It is below my dignity to react to Shoaib s comment.”

Earlier Shoaib’s claims that Tendulkar was scared of him and that Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar were not match winners had drawn criticism from all corners with BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla asking Pakistani speedster to apologise.