Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that he turned down a £ 175,000 provide from English county Nottinghamshire to participate within the 1999 Kargil War. The Kargil War was fought at an altitude of 16000 ft wherein 1,042 Pakistani troopers had been killed whereas 527 Indian troopers had been martyred.
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Akhtar mentioned in an interview given to Pakistan information channel ARY News, 'People hardly know this story. <! –
I had a £ 175,000 contract provide from Nottingham. Then in 2002 I had one other massive contract. I refused each provides when Kargil occurred.
He mentioned, 'I used to be on the outer border of Lahore. A basic requested me what I used to be doing right here. I mentioned that the conflict was about to start out and we might die collectively. I left county cricket twice and the county was shocked by it. I used to be not apprehensive about it. I known as my associates in Kashmir and mentioned that I’m prepared for the struggle. '
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Akhtar has repeatedly mentioned that sports activities and politics needs to be stored separate. He has mentioned many instances that on the sector between the 2 international locations there may be undoubtedly a tricky competitors, however exterior the sector, gamers stay good associates.
Akhtar additionally spoke of a sequence between India and Pakistan in the course of the time of Coronavirus. When his former captain Shahid Afridi supported Akhtar, India's world champion captain Kapil Dev mentioned that this isn’t an choice.