BIRMINGHAM: Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram said he did not have time to respond to negative people and hence prefers to ignore their comments.
Recently, former Pakistan opening batsman Aamir Sohail has hurled allegations at the former fast bowling great stating that his “captaincy drama” was the main reason behind the team not emerging victorious in a single ICC World Cup post the 1992 World Cup till 2003.
Reacting to the criticism, Akram said it was sad that his name was being used by some people to get attention. “I retired from cricket 17 years ago but people still take my name to further their own interests. But I put that in the back of my mind [ignore them].
“I don’t have time for negative people now, and never will,” Akram was quoted as saying by website PakPassion.net.
Akram said he spent 10 years with legendary Imran Khan on the field and when he [Imran] came into politics some 22 years ago, people made fun of him. “After 22 years of perseverance he is there [Prime Minister of Pakistan now]”, he said.
“Take the negativity of people as a challenge, use that as motivation, and don’t bring yourself down because of them. This should start a fire inside you when you hear such stuff. Remember we have all made mistakes.