I Will Eat Grass But Will Increase The Budget Of The Pakistan Army: Shoaib Akhtar

I Will Eat Grass But Will Increase The Budget Of The Pakistan Army: Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan
Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has always been in headlines owing to his controversial and unpredictable statements. He has never shied away from giving his opinion on any subject. And recently, he has does the same. The veteran has said that he is ready to ‘eat grass’ to financially support the Pakistan army. 

While talking to a news channel, Shoaib Akhtar, who was once a top-notch player for his country, said that he is ready to help the army in any way. He even said that he would increase the budget of the Pakistan army three times once the Army chief had a meeting with him. 

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“If Allah ever gives me the authority, I will eat grass myself but I will increase the budget of the army,” said Akhtar in an interview with ARY News.

“I will ask my army chief to sit with me and make decisions. If the budget is 20 percent, I will make it 60 percent. If we insult each other, the loss is ours only,” the once feared fast-bowler said.

Shoaib Akhtar recalls his Kargil war sacrifice: 

Shoaib Akhtar,
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Google)

Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had revealed that he had turned down a 175,000-pound contract with Nottingham when Kargil War happened in 1999. The Rawalpindi Express recalled that he was willing to die for his country. 

“I had a 175,000 pound contract with Nottingham. Then in 2002 I had another big contract. I left both when Kargil happened,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by ARY News.

“I stood on the outskirts of Lahore. A general asked me what I’m doing there. I said a war is about to start and we’ll die together. I left county [cricket] twice like this and the counties were shocked. I wasn’t concerned about that. I called up my friends in Kashmir and told them I am ready to fight,” he added. 

Shoaib Akhtar had also given several debatable statements on the India-Pakistan relationship on his YouTube channel.