Shoaib Akhtar has visited India on a couple of occasions. When cricket relations were smooth between two arch-rivals, Pakistan came to India to play bilateral matches. Shoaib, who has been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) shares a friendly relationship with Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan.
While Shoaib has been spotted with SRK on a number of occasions, there is a rumour of the Pakistani fast bowler running shirtless with Salman Khan. In his recent interview with Sportskeeda, Akhtar has finally opened up on the incident.
“We were at this place, myself, Katrina Kaif and Salman… Salman had asked me to eat with him before leaving. So, Salman being Salman, he can’t see one thing – if your hands are empty, he’ll give you a watch, if your shirt is dirty because of the party, he’ll give you a new one. He just gave me one shirt that day, we had a similar size, and we were at his house only. Then we ate and everything and returned to Lahore. Here, in the morning I see the news that ‘Salman Khan and Shoaib Akhtar ran shirtless in Bandra.’”
Akhtar further added that even Shah Rukh Khan asked him about the story.
“Even Shah Rukh Khan called me and asked if we did it. I told him no and that I was at Salman’s house, he gave me his shirt because mine was dirty, we ate and I came back but it was all widespread in Pakistan. So, this was fake news. No such incident happened where we raced shirtless or anything.”