Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram made some shocking revelations about the treatment he was given by his former teammate and captain, Saleem Malik, during his early playing days.
Notably, Akram made his Pakistan debut in 1984, while Malik made his first appearance for the Men in Green in 1982, and the duo played together for a long time.
However, throughout their Pakistan journey together, they didn't like each other as there were several reports of the two not seeing eye to eye.
In his autobiography, "Sultan: A Memoir," Akram revealed that Malik would take advantage of his seniority to treat him like a "servant,", especially on the overseas tour.
An excerpt from Akram's book read: “He would take advantage of my junior status. He was negative, selfish and treated me like a servant. He demanded I massage him; he ordered me to clean his clothes and boots. I was angry when some of the younger team members in Ramiz Raja, Tahir Naqqash, Mohsin Khan, and Shoaib Mohammad invited me to nightclubs.”
Akram played under Malik's captaincy as well, when Malik captained Pakistan from 1992-1995, winning seven out of 12 Tests and 21 of 34 ODIs. While Malik played under Akram's captaincy from 1996-1999.
Meanwhile, Malik has denied Wasim Akram's claims and said that he is doing so for promoting his book.
Malik said: "I was trying to call him but he did not answer. I will ask him what was the reason for writing what he did. If I was narrow-minded, I would not have given him the chance to bowl. I will ask him why he wrote such remarks about me.”
(With PTI Inputs)