Friday, July 06, 2007

Prince Charles is a funny man

I was up in Scotland with colleague Richard Sydenham, a Reuters journo who also runs We interviewed Shoaib Akhtar after the match against India had been cancelled and were left happy with his honesty and quote-friendly answers, despite the media uncertainty over recent doping case.

Read the whole interview here, but here was the best line when he met Prince Charles in Glasgow:

"It was good to meet Prince Charles; he’s a funny man and is a very easygoing person. I met him for the second time, he’s a fantastic human being. He asked me if I have any family in London and I told him that I have been living in England (on and off) for the last ten to 15 years, so he asked if I was brought up with English friends and I said ‘Yes Sir, a bit of my upbringing comes from England'. He also said to me ‘So you’re the fastest (bowler) in history', and I said ‘Yes I am, it’s an honour’. It was good fun and good meeting him."