"I would have destroyed him or even kill him."
Renowned former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar made a shocking revelation when he disclosed he would have killed his teammate Wasim Akram.
Speedster Shoaib played in all formats of cricket during his fourteen-year career. He also holds the record for the fastest delivery in the history of cricket.
Known as one of the greatest bowlers of all time in the sport, Wasim Akram also captained the Men in Green.
According to an interaction with a local Pakistani television show, Shoaib Akhtar was describing the greatness of Wasim Akram.
Shoaib recalled how he was rewatching matches from the 1990s when he realised the magnitude of Wasim Akram. He said:
“I was watching few matches of the 1990s and I was amazed to see how Wasim Akram got Pakistan through impossible situations with his brilliant bowling.”
He continued to make a startling claim about his retaliation if he was asked to take part in match-fixing by Wasim. He explained:
“I will say it very clearly that if Wasim Akram had asked me to do match-fixing, I would have destroyed him or even kill him. But he never said such a thing to me.”
Shoaib further expressed his gratitude for Wasim Akram supporting him during his early cricketing days. He said:
“I played with him for seven to eight years and I can quote many instances where he gave me cover by taking the responsibility of picking up the top order wickets while leaving the tailenders for me.”
The former right-arm bowler added:
“He even let me bowl from my preferred bowling even though he had a lot more wickets that I did.”
As a result of this realisation, Shoaib went on to state he rang his former teammate to apologise. He said:
“After watching these old matches, I called him and apologised for not truly appreciating his greatness while playing with him.”
Undoubtedly, the former 44-year-old cricketer, Shoaib, has enjoyed a tremendous sporting career.
He played in 46 Test matches and 163 ODIs for his country. He achieved 178 and 247 wickets respectively.
He further took 19 T20I wickets while featuring in 15 appearances.
The legendary Man in Green played his final international match, in 2011, an ODI against New Zealand. During his last game, he bagged one wickets.
There is no deny both men are some of the finest players to ever grace the field in cricket.