Monday, September 26, 2011

Shoaib Akthar’s book launch in Mumbai, Bangalore called off

Jumbo Editorial Team

The launch ceremonies of former Test cricketer Shoaib Akhtar’s autobiography titled Controversially Yours, released in New Delhi on September 23, scheduled to be held in the cities of Mumbai and Bangalore will not be taking place.

The Indian media broke the news that close on the heels of Shoiab Akhtar's book launch function being cancelled in Mumbai, another function which was to be attended by the Pakistani speedster in Bangalore for promotion of his controversial autobiography has also been called off.

The launch of the book in Bangalore was be hosted by Landmark and HarperCollins Publishers India in the evening but has now been called off, a communication from the organisers said without assigning any reason. The media reports suggested that the event was cancelled because of unforeseen circumstances.

Two of Shoaib Akhtar's promotional events in Mumbai had been cancelled though no official reason was given. Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar was to release Controversially Yours at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) premises on September 25.

According to speculation, the cancellation of the event could be due to less-than-flattering remarks in his autobiography about iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar and another senior player Rahul Dravid. Mumbai and Bangalore are the hometowns of Tendulkar and Dravid respectively.

Shoaib Akhtar has drawn flak for his comments from several quarters, including former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram, under whom he made his debut and senior BCCI functionary Rajiv Shukla who desired an apology from the speedster.

No comments:

Post a Comment