ICC has successfully finished cricket in last 10 years: Shoaib Akhtar
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Published: May 26, 2020 6:39:53 pm


Shoaib Akhtar says ICC has successfully finished cricket in last 10 years

The ICC has “successfully finished” cricket in the last 10 years and introduced it right down to its knees, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has insisted in a scathing criticism of the game’s international physique.

During a dialog with Sanjay Manjrekar for ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, Akhtar expressed his anguish at among the enjoying circumstances in white ball cricket, which has made it a sport just for the batsmen.

Akhtar was sharp in his criticism after Manjrekar requested for his tackle a development that quick bowlers are going a bit gradual in restricted overs video games, particularly T20s, whereas spinners are bowling sooner.

“Can I tell you something bluntly? They (ICC) are finishing the cricket. I am openly saying that in last 10 years, ICC has successfully finished cricket, and I would say job well done guys. Jo socha thaa apne woh kiya (You did what you intended to),” Akhtar stated in his inimitable type.

Akhtar feels that the variety of bouncers per over must be elevated as there are two new balls and solely 4 fielders outdoors the circle for the higher a part of an ODI sport.

“I have been saying repeatedly that change bouncer rule (one per over). You have two new balls and four fielders outside. Please ask ICC whether in last 10 years, quality of cricket has gone up or gone down. Where are those Sachin versus Shoaib contests?”

Speaking about Tendulkar, Akhtar stated that he’s one with whom he by no means bought aggressive, as there was loads of respect for the world’s greatest batsman.

“But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” Akhtar stated.

Talking about pull pictures, the velocity service provider stated that at his peak Virat Kohli would have discovered it troublesome to play that shot in opposition to him due to his specific tempo.

“I would have come wide off the crease and tried to shape that new ball out and lured him into driving. Something that James Anderson has done with him. Having said that he would have scored as many runs as he scored now had I also played.”

Akhtar thought that it will have been a deal with to look at if Kohli was pitted in opposition to Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shane Warne in their prime.

“He could have judged himself where he stood in front of these bowlers,” he stated.

Manjrekar requested him whether or not the tradition of manufacturing tearaway quicks remains to be there in Pakistan or they’re completely satisfied producing quick medium bowlers.

“People like me ought to have been in PCB and I’d have produced quick bowlers. Fast bowlers must be like leopards which might seek out its prey.

“I’d have produced 12 quick bowlers and ready them on each facet, approach, mannerism, research, weight loss plan, what to do with the physique.

“I would have built a complete brand. You don’t get fast bowlers from people who are by nature ghulaam (subservient).”

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