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Akhtar proposes to school girl, gets positive response

15 November, 2007

GWALIOR, India: Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday continued the campaign to shed his bad boy image by visiting a local school here on Children’s Day.

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GWALIOR, India: Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday continued the campaign to shed his bad boy image by visiting a local school here on Children’s Day.

Together with teammates Salman Butt and Yasir Hameed, Shoaib visited the Scindia School and won many a heart by cheerfully proposing to Urvee Gupta, class XII student at the school. It was a day that Urvee will never forget.

“I and my friends were talking to him on topics besides cricket and when we asked him about his girlfriends, he asked me if I will marry him. I was a bit surprised but the answer was of course yes,” a smiling Urvee said adding that she will be travelling to Pakistan ‘Whenever he wants me to’.

The Pakistani players were joined in their visit by Indian cricketers Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa and RP Singh, India manager Lalchand Rajput and former Pakistan captain Rameez Raja.

Shoaib, who was the centre of attention during the visit, had a good chit chat with the delighted school girls. “He told us about his love for bikes and how he found India women very beautiful. Unlike the image projected by the media he comes across as a very gentle and calm character,” said Urvee.

When one of the students asked him about the bad press he gets, he said, “I don’t read newspapers in the morning. As such that is the price that a cricketer has to pay for his stardom.” Earlier in Mohali, Shoaib visited an orphanage and also made a visit to a centre for special children in Lucknow recently.

The players also found time to visit the magnificent Gwalior fort, popularly called the Gibraltar of India. The great Mughal Emperor Babur presumably described it as, “The pearl in the necklace of the forts of Hind”. Raja Mansingh Tomar built it in 15th century.


 
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