The launch of Shoaib Akhtar's controversial autobiography - Controversially Yours - in Bangalore, has been cancelled. The event was supposed to take place on Tuesday. (Read: Why Shoaib needed Tendulkar in his book)
This is the second cancellation after the event had to be called off in Mumbai as most of the former cricketers and celebrities who had been invited, opted to not attend the event. (Read report here)
The former Pakistan bowler who retired from international cricket earlier this year, raised a storm last week when he was quoted as saying that Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid were bad finishers of the game and that Sachin was scared of his bowling.Â The comments were made during a promotional event for his book in Delhi.
Speaking exclusively to NDTV, Shoaib clarified that he made the statement because it was his observation of Sachin and Dravid and that his book had to be read fully to understand what he meant. (Watch the interview here)
What followed, despite his clarification, was a verbal volley from not just former and present cricketers but political parties in Maharashtra as well. While Shiv Sena and the Nationalist Congress Party jostled to take the credit for cancelling the book-launch in Mumbai, the likes of Navjot Singh Sidhu and Wasim Akram chose to term Shoaib's comments as a publicity stunt from a problematic cricketer. ( Related: Read what Sidhu said and Watch what Akram said)
Sachin himself though has chosen not to reply to the statements.
For now however, it seems no city in India wants to host Shoaib Akhtar. But even in cancellations, 'Controversially Yours' continues to make headlines. (Related: Pics- Journey of the Rawalpindi Express)