LAHORE: Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday threatened to sue international satellite broadcasters ESPN-Star India unless they apologise for “derogatory remarks” made on a sports show.
“I am hurt over the derogatory remarks made on the Sportscentre programme on ESPN-Star India on Monday night and want a big-time apology or else I will sue them in an Indian court,” Akhtar told AFP.
In a piece on Akhtar being two days late for a Pakistan team training camp in Lahore, the programme said “a dog's tail will never straighten” in reference to the bowler's questionable fitness record and commitment.
The ESPN STAR Sports is a joint venture between two of the world's leading cable and satellite broadcasters, ESPN Inc. and STAR. Until last year it was the official broadcaster of international cricket played in India.
Akhtar said the channel, which is also seen in Pakistan, insulted Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq in another recent programme.
“A few days back they said insulting remarks about our captain Inzamam-ul Haq and that's unbearable,” he said.
“What they said about me is tantamount to defamation and I've received numerous calls from Pakistan and India, and others thought it was disgusting too,” said Akhtar. – AFP