Inzamam, Moin mull suing Akhtar
Beleaguered speedster Shoaib Akhtar could face another legal wrangle for reportedly dragging the former captains into match-fixing scandals. See videoUpdated: Apr 06, 2008 17:46 IST
Beleaguered speedster Shoaib Akhtar could face another legal wrangle for reportedly dragging former captains Inzamam-ul-Haq and Moin Khan into match-fixing scandals.
Akhtar apparently told a TV show host that both Inzamam and Moin offered him money to under-perform in some matches, an allegation that left Inzamam livid.
"We are waiting to see what happens. But myself and Moin are consulting and we will then decide to may be sue him," Inzamam told a Pakistani television channel on Sunday.
He said he and Moin would wait to see what action was taken by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council against Akhtar for making those allegations.
Akhtar earlier claimed he had turned down offers from bookmakers in South Africa and India to under-perform. Inzamam gave enough indications that he was taking the allegations seriously.
"He has tried to drag us into this match fixing issue. We will wait and see and then do something," he said. Inzamam said Akhtar was making baseless allegations to save himself from the ban.
"What can I say about Shoaib? His whole career has been full of controversies. Those who have played with him know him well. He has got into one scrap after another," he said.
"This ban was coming because of his repeated bad behaviour. Yes, five years is a bit harsh but the ban is totally justified," he stated.
Asked why former captains like Imran Khan and Javed Miandad were supporting Akhtar, Inzamam said they did not know him or had not played with him.
"Imran never played with Shoaib. Shoaib never played in Imran's team. So they don't know the sort of character he is. But those who know him will never support him," Inzamam stated.
He said it was unfortunate Akhtar had resorted to making wild allegations after the ban. "I think the Pakistan board should be supported for finally taking disciplinary action. But I think whatever he is saying has only got him into more trouble," he added.