KARACHI: Pakistan's former cricket great Wasim Akram has denied allegations he appeared in an Indian liquor advertisement, a day after a court summoned him to explain his position over a private petition.
“The news that a petition is filed against me in a Pakistan court surprised me because I never featured in a liquor advertisement and can never imagine to break religious laws,” Wasim told AFP .
The 37-year-old, was summoned by a Lahore court to appear in September to face charges he damaged Muslim sentiments for posing in a liquor advertisement.
The petition, filed by a Pakistani citizen, Mohammad Fayyaz, last year, demands a public apology from Wasim and damages of 25,000 rupees (around US$400).
“I think it's a publicity stunt which is very common in Pakistan and I am used to it,” said Wasim.
“I have all the documentary proof to substantiate that I modelled for cricket gears for an Indian company which has other businesses as well,” said Wasim.
Wasim is one of eight international cricketers who have modelled for the Indian company Royal Stag. – AFP