Shoaib Akhtar (Reuters Photo)
- I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India: Akhtar
- It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity: Shoaib Akhtar
- Shoaib Akhtar recalled his days in Mumbai during the World T20 in 2016
India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were recently trolled for asking their social media followers to donate to Shahid Afridi's charity foundation which is doing its bit in Pakistan's fight against the deadly virus.
"It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity," he opined.
Akhtar has spent a lot of time in India as a commentator. He fondly recalled his days in Mumbai during the World T20 in 2016, the last time he came to India for work.
"I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India. For the first time I am revealing this, whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV," he remembered.
Akhtar used to visit the city's slum areas with his face covered to hand out financial help to elder women there.
"From drivers, runners to my security guys. I took care of a lot of people. I was like if am earning from this country, I have to help my colleagues also.
"I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with," added Akhtar.