Shoaib Akhtar asks New Zealand cricket board to ‘behave’ themselves
Statesman Report
LAHORE: Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is angry over New Zealand Cricket’s “threat” of sending Pakistan team home for violating health protocols, asking the board to “behave” itself and be careful when talking about the “greatest country on the planet”. “I am angry that why are you threatening us? You are talking about Pakistan, the greatest country on the planet. So, behave yourself and stop giving this sort of statement against Pakistan,” said the former pacer in a video posted on his YouTube channel. Akhtar warned the board to be careful “next time” telling the New Zealand board that such a statement was “out of limits”. He also reminded them that they were talking about a country and its national team. “I would like to give a message to New Zealand and their board that this is not a club team, it’s Pakistan’s national team,” said Akhtar. He added that it was New Zealand that needed the Pakistan team to play the series and not the other way around. “We do not need you! Our cricket is not ending and neither can you say that this tour will finish,” said the former pacer.