Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has dismissed former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag’s claim that the Rawalpindi Express showers praise on India because “it makes business”.
Akhtar’s comments come after an old video resurfaced on social media in which Sehwag says the former Pakistani fast bowler praises rivals India as it “makes a quick buck”.
In an exclusive interview with Geo TV on Wednesday, Akhtar said the video was blown out of proportion, sarcastically remarking that he has “more money than hair on Sehwag’s head”.
“Sehwag is a great friend of mine. He said these words in a light-heartened way but people were quick to take things out of context,” he said.
“I mean, I have more money than he has hair on his head.”
Akhtar said other big names in Pakistan cricket would also share kind words for the neighbours and added that “jealous” people want to divide the two cricketing nations.
“I have fans across the world, not just in India. That’s why I have the fastest growing YouTube channel. It does not mean that I’m looking to make money if I compliment them. Ramiz Raja and Rashid Latif say good things about India as well.
“I do think that there is a factor of jealousy. I have been targeted time and again. We are already politically divided but now people want to divide cricket as well,” he said.