I think the fire is gone from Akhtar and now he is only playing to the galleries. Firstly, all the statements he made is completely baseless, I think the best team should ultimately win, and the fans from that country (however small in number they maybe) deserve to see their teams good performance.
Now why will India's presence " their presence will make the tournament more interesting and colorful" ??? And why wont it be the same if Australia are in? Do number of fans equate to something being interesting (unless colourful implies the colour of greenbacks). This is no reason why Pakistan should try their best to defeat Australia! I can guess Akhtar's intentions!