When Shoaib Akhtar turned down £ 175,000 for Kargil War:
Who does not know about the Kargil war? It is one of the biggest battles between India and Pakistan. Pakistan started this war in 1999 and after 3 months India ended this war with victory over Pakistan.
Talking with Pakistan’s ARY News recently, former Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that he declined the £ 175,000 contract as he wanted to fight against India in the Kargil war
Shoaib Akhtar said that he was ready to sacrifice his life for his country:
Akhtar added that very few people know that Nottinghamshire had given me a large-scale contract to play in county cricket but I declined his contract for £ 175,000. After this big contract, I declined two more contracts because I wanted to fight against India in the Kargil war.
Talking about the Kargil war, Shoaib Akhtar said that he never thought about money and county cricket at that time. I just wanted to fight in the Kargil war.
Meanwhile, Akhtar shared an interesting anecdote when the Pakistani armed forces caught him on the outskirts of Lahore.
He said, “I was standing on the outskirts of Lahore. A general asked me what I was doing there. I said that the war was about to start. And we would die together. I left the county [cricket] twice and the counties were shocked. I was not worried about it and called my friends in Kashmir and told them that I am ready to fight.
“When the plane (from India) came and toppled some of our trees, it was a big loss for us. They felled 6-7 trees and we are paying a lot of attention to trees now. I was very hurt about this.”
“When I woke up that day, I was dizzy and my wife told me to calm down. But until the next day when I saw the news, it continued. I know what happened the next day, I’m from Rawalpindi and I know GHQ, “
Let us tell you that Shoaib Akhtar played his last match against New Zealand in 2011. He took 444 wickets in his international career, including all three formats ODIs, Tests, and some T20 matches.