Former Pakistan pacer, Shoaib Akhtar targetted the BCCI for using its muscle power to lead in the cancellation of the global events. With the cancellation of the T20 World Cup and Asia Cup, the Indian Premier League (IPL) is most likely to happen in October November in UAE. This turn of events has offended some former players like Shoaib Akhtar and Rashid Latiff.
Speaking to Geo Cricket, on YouTube, Akhtar targeted the BCCI for the postponement of the T20 World Cup and even dragged the “Monkey Gate” Controversy to make his point. He also indicated that it was because of the power of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), that saved the Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh, during the controversy surrounding the Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds.
Akhtar dragged the “Monkey Gate” Controversy
“Sometimes they get easy wickets in Melbourne, someone calls another person a monkey but gets away with it, there are threats to boycotting the series. I am asking the Australians, where are their ethics?” Akhtar asked.
“You made kids cry for scratching a cricket ball and they got away by calling someone a monkey. When they (BCCI) threatened to end the series, they (Cricket Australia) said no such incident happened. Are these your moral grounds?” the legendary pacer added.
“Forget all this drama, just say that we need money. The money comes from the BCCI, you quietly keep taking it,” he said.
Akhtar feels the Asia Cup could have been held
Talking about the postponement of the Asia Cup and the World Cup, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Shoaib told, the tournament could have taken place as per schedule. He quoted during the talk show, “Asia Cup could have definitely happened, it would have been a great chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other. There are many reasons for this. I don’t want to get into that.”
“T20 World Cup could have also happened, but I had already said this earlier that they won’t let it happen. IPL should not be damaged, let the World Cup go to hell,” Akhtar said.
With no T20 World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board is expected to lose loads of money this year, as Pakistani cricketers are not allowed to participate in the IPL.
“Ultimately a powerful man, or a powerful cricket board they run the policy and they make sure that you suffer. T20 WC and Asia Cup could have been played this year, this was a chance for India and Pakistan to play against each other but they let it go. There are a lot of reasons behind this I don’t want to go into details,” Shoaib Akhtar told Geo Cricket.
“T20 WC could have been played but me and Rashid have said this repeatedly that they won’t let it happen, it won’t happen. IPL shouldn’t get damaged, the T20 World Cup can go to hell. India needs to save cricket immediately otherwise it won’t affect my era.”
“The quality of cricket will decline but people will continue to make millions of dollars from the sport. Even the following will reduce just like it did in Pakistan after the 2017 Champions Trophy triumph,” the former Pakistan pacer added.
Rashid Latiff joined and blaimed Sourav Ganguly
Former Pakistani cricketer Rashid Latiff also took a dig on ICC’s decision to postpone T20 World Cup, as it was benefiting almost all the other boards. He also raised question on BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s comment on the postponement of Asia Cup, as he declared it before the official announcement came.
“The T20 WC could have been played in February-March but it would have affected Pakistan (due to PSL 2020). Then in April-May the IPL was scheduled so the BCCI would have been affected, then in November-December Australia are supposed to host the Big Bash League. Everybody in the ICC benefits from this decision now. BCCI Sourav Ganguly announced beforehand that the Asia Cup had to be cancelled even before the official statement came out. Whether he was told by PCB boss Ehsan Mani or the Sri Lankan cricket board, all this was all pre-planned,” he added.