KKR miffed over charges against Shoaib

Kolkata plan to take action against Pak daily Nation, which said Shoaib Akhtar was questioned at the Karachi airport for carrying syringes.

updated: May 23, 2008 12:11 IST
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Kolkata Knight Riders threatened to take "all actions including legal" against Pakistan daily Nation for its report that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was questioned at the Karachi airport for allegedly carrying a large number of syringes.

"We are contemplating all action including legal against the paper," Knight Riders manager Jay Bhattacharjee told newspersons here.

Describing the report as a deliberate attempt to malign Akhtar, now plying the Indian Premier League for the Knight Riders, Bhattacharya said, "We are talking to lawyers. We want to see whether we can make out a case, then we will proceed."

"Both Shoaib and the Kolkata Knight Riders are extremely upset over the clear attempt to slander him," he said.

The manager pointed out three discrepancies in the report.

"First, Shoaib travelled to India from Lahore, not Karachi. Secondly, he travelled to Kolkata via Delhi, not Mumbai. And thirdly, he did not travel with any hand baggage, therefore obviously there were no syringes," he said.

The report in the Nation had said that prior to boarding the flight to Mumbai en-route to Kolkata to join the Knight Riders "the customs officials had questioned Shoaib on an inordinately large number of syringes in his baggage -- reportedly as many as three dozens in number".

Bhattacharya claimed that after verifying with various sources, the Knight Riders were convinced that Akhtar was neither stopped nor questioned by any Indian or Pakistani customs officials.

"All these statements are independently verifiable by the media. And on our part we are talking to lawyers both in India and Pakistan," he said when asked whether the case would be filed in Pakistan or India.

Bhattacharya, however, refused to give the media any access to Akhtar on the matter. "I don't even want Shoaib to open his mouth on the issue."