Former Test pacer Shoaib Akhtar has once again found himself in a new controversy after actress Meera claimed that she had a year long affair with the speedster, who never appreciated her commitment. Meera said that the affair took place two years back while Shoaib was still playing for the national team. “It was an intense affair and I wasted one precious year of my life waiting for him. I was committed and sincere to him. But he didn’t appreciate me,”she told a news channel. “It happened two years back. I ended the affair when on the same day he proposed to me and my cousin. It was a joke for me,” said Meera, who is known for her publicity stunts. Meera, who has even worked in Indian movies and had a spat with Indian filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, also claimed that Shoaib had once slapped her in front of some staffers at a television station but she did not say a word for his sake. However, Shoaib denied the allegations. “I don’t know what she is talking about,” he said. “I never had any affair with Meera. The problem is that if a well known cricketer even smiles at a girl she thinks he is in love with her. I had no relationship with her at all,” he claimed. This is a second Pakistani cricketer in recent years to be romantically linked with an actor. Banned pacer Mohammad Asif was also linked to Veena Malik and the two ended their affair after Veena filed a complaint against Asif for not paying her back a loan amounting to millions.