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    Senior BCCI functionary Rajiv Shukla, on Saturday, demanded an apology from Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar for making disparaging remarks against India's batting stalwarts -- Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in his autobiography.
    In the just-released book 'Controversially Yours', Akhtar had words of praise for Tendulkar and Dravid but his remark that they lacked ability to finish off games early in their respective careers has created a controversy.
    Shukla, a senior BCCI official and IPL chairman, said Tendulkar did not need any certificate from Akhtar, as his class was acknowledged by none other than Sir Don Bradman.

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    Whatever Shoaib has written is distasteful: Shukla




    "He (Tendulkar) is still touching new heights and as far as Dravid is concerned, he is continuing to play some great knocks, which shows his commitment to the team. Whatever Shoaib has written is distasteful.
    "A player such as Tendulkar does not need any certificate from Shoaib as he got that from Australian legend Sir Don Bradman. Tendulkar does not need to prove anything to Shoaib. He must apologise to both Tendulkar and Dravid," Shukla said, who was here to attend UPCA AGM.

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    Shukla blames injuries to key players for England debacle






    Talking about India's forgettable England tour, Shukla blamed injuries to key players for the debacle.
    "The main reason for the defeats was that some of our key players were not in the team due to injuries. But we must say that England players were outstanding and whoever plays better wins," Shukla said.
    The new IPL Chairman rebutted the suggestions that players were overworked and that their injuries aggravated by playing in the T20 league.
    "We have a lot players in the reserve slot. When a player gets injured or wants to take rest due to fatigue, he informs and we replace him. We did the same during the England tour and we got some new talent. Nobody now can say that the schedule of the Indian team is tight. We play as much as some other leading nations," he said.

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    Shoaib always was and still is a problem: Akram






    Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram on Saturday ridiculed Shoaib Akhtar and his controversial autobiography, which has made several tall claims, saying that the pacer was a "problem" when he was an active player and remains just that even in retirement.

    Akram pooh-poohed Shoaib's claims of making Sachin Tendulkar uncomfortable with his pace in the Faisalabad Test in 2006 and also rejected some of the other allegations he has made in the book titled 'Controversially Yours'.

    "I remember one of Sachin's knocks in the Sialkot Test. It was the fourth Test and the wicket had lot of grass, I was 22 and Waqar was 19 and we were very fast," Akram recalled.

    "Waqar hit him on his chin and he came back after taking treatment and scored a 50. If a 16-year-old can't be scared, I don't think any batsman can be scared. It hardly matters what Shoaib says," Akram said.

    Akram said Shoaib, who was a controversial figure all through his playing career, was just trying to sell his book with tall claims and also rejected allegations that he tried to destroy the tearaway pacer's career.

    "Whatever the Pakistan Cricket Board says, I am with them. He was a problem when he was in the team and he is a problem when he is out of the team," Akram said.

    "He knows, I know and the world knows that he was himself responsible for destroying his career. There is a lot to talk but I don't want to humiliate him. There is an unwritten code among players that some facts should not be revealed before the media," he warned.

    "You guys (media) will ensure that his book is a bestseller," he said.

    Talking about Indian cricket, Akram said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men should brace up for tough times ahead when they tour Australia later this year as fast and bouncy wickets await them Down Under.

    "The Australia tour will be challenging for India and they should expect bouncy wickets," he said.

    Akram also advocated the resumption of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan.

    "I am in favour of sporting ties between India and Pakistan. If players of these countries do well against each other, they can do well against anyone," he said.
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    One fact is applaudable of him, he was never involved in match fixing even though almost everybody around him was totally devoted to fixing..... kept his soul clean at least....
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