Shoaib Akhtar recalls a 15-year-old incident when he was accused of rape

Akhtar revealed how an unnamed teammate's 'misunderstanding' with a girl put him in trouble.

Shoaib Akhtar | AFPAll forms of international and domestic cricket have been suspended since March due to the Coronavirus pandemic across the globe.

The deadly outbreak has allowed former, current cricketers to reflect on their careers and thus every now and then fans get to hear an interesting anecdote.

Recently, ex-Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar revealed how an unnamed teammate's 'misunderstanding' with a girl during the tour of Australia in 2005 led to him being accused of sexual assault.

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"I was accused of rape then. There was some other boy from the Pakistan team, who had a misunderstanding with a girl. Pakistan team management hid the boy's doing," Akhtar said on a Helo live chat.

"I asked board don't reveal the boy's name, just announce that Shoaib was not there. When that case happened, everyone suspected me," he added.

The PCB did end up denying Shoaib’s involvement in the case a day after it came to the public domain.

"The PCB wishes to clarify that the decision to recall him was taken in order for him to achieve full fitness in readiness for the India tour," the board had said in a media release.

"His recall has no connection whatsoever with the uncorroborated and sensationalist reports relating to an incident in Melbourne."

The incident allegedly took place when the Pakistan cricket team was in Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test.

The PCB had also refused to conduct an internal probe into the matter.

"Despite the passage of a month, no formal complaint has been lodged either with the police or with the female harassment centre against any member of the team. In the absence of a formal plaint there is no legal basis to press further charges," another press release stated.

(Inputs from CricketNext)



By Salman Anjum - 09 Jun, 2020

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